At the southwestern edge of the Salinas Valley, more than 8,000 acres are cultivated for grapes. The vines here are much less affected by ocean breezes, so they experience warmer overall temperatures during the day. The AVA is somewhat elevated, so it is not uncommon to see fog. These influences result in 40 degree temperature swings during the summer months. Varietals grown in the region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.