The Chalone region is the smallest A.V.A  (American Viticulture Areas) in Monterey County, with about 300 acres of grapes planted.  Its location 1,800 feet up in the mountains means that ocean fog has less influence over the temperature. As a result, the vines experience great diurnal swings of 40 to 50 degrees during a day. These dramatic changes create greater flavor complexity in the region’s wine.  A very unique soil composition of decomposed granite and limestone, along with very little rainfall, create conditions which turn out berries that have a very high skin to juice ratio, and ultimately, more interesting wine.  The district produces a range of varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Syrah.