The Growing Regions Of Monterey Part VII: San Antonio Valley

The San Antonio Valley is Monterey County’s newest AVA. At the far southern end of the region, temperatures here are generally warmer than much of the appellation, but there is still a fog influence from nearby Lake San Antonio, as well as some effect from the Pacific’s breezes. Over 800 acres are cultivated for grapes in the San Antonio Valley, with over twenty different varietals being grown. Because of the heat, with summer highs reaching triple digits, there is an emphasis on bold red wine grapes. These include Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.