The Monterey AVA is the county’s largest growing region by far. Stretching from the Monterey Bay itself all the way down to the border of Paso Robles, there are over 40,000 acres of grapes planted. Because of the vast distance the AVA covers, there is a very wide variety of grapes grown throughout the region. Up north, closer to the Bay, the cool climate varietals Pinot Noir and Riesling are more abundant. Moving a bit farther south, vast amount of Chardonnay as well as some Merlot start to crop up, and at the southern most end of the AVA, Bordeaux varietals become the most commonly planted. The range of potential plantings in this AVA are a fine example of the numerous possibilities that exist within the entire appellation.