Santa Lucia Highlands Wine District of America Receives Boundary Realignment Approval


Changes tighten and affirm limits set 30 years ago

Santa Lucia Highlands, California, August 25, 2021—The windswept Santa Lucia Highlands American wine-growing area in Monterey County, known for some of California’s most coveted pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards, will shrink slightly after the region receives the federal approval for minor adjustments to its limits.

The boundary changes, effective September 24, remove approximately 376 unplanted acres along the Salinas River floodplain of the Santa Lucia Highlands wine area at the northern boundary of the region and add 148 acres, part of the 424 acres of Kitewinder Vineyard owned by Jackson Family Wines. , from AVA Arroyo Seco to AVA Santa Lucia Highlands. A total of 228 acres will be removed from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans (SLHWA), a non-profit organization of member growers and winemakers from across California who produce wine in the region, commissioned a study to reassess and confirm the region’s boundaries in 2013. Patrick Shabram, a leading expert in geographic studies related to AVAs, completed the study and a petition for limit adjustments was accepted by the Office of the Tax on Alcohol, Tobacco and Commerce (TTB) in August. 2017.

“The study confirmed that we had the science and largely correct borders 30 years ago when we created the AVA Santa Lucia Highlands,” said Dan Lee, founder of Morgan Winery, head of the borders committee. organisation. “We are a very well-defined cool climate growing region characterized by alluvial terraces above the Salinas Valley and the combination of well-drained granite soils and natural air conditioning provided by the winds from nearby Monterey Bay. “,

The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA was established in 1991, with official approval issued by the Federal Register on May 15, 1992. The small AVA is approximately 18 miles long and 1-2 miles wide, defined by perched alluvial terraces 100-200 feet above the Salinas. Valley river floodplain at the base of the Santa Lucia Sierra de Salinas mountain range in the wine regions of Monterey County and the central US coast. The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans growers and winemakers organization was established in 2008. For more information, visit


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