California’s Newest Coastal AVA

by Katherine Pasichuke

The San Luis Obispo Coast AVA, also allowed to be dubbed ‘SLO Coast AVA’ on the bottle by the TTB, immediately evokes feelings of the slower pace of California coastal living just in the name. The TTB established this new AVA effective April 8, 2022.

SLO Coast AVA is approximately 408,505 acres with two already established AVAs nested within, the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley AVAs. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, spanning along the Central California coast from Hearst Castle down to Pismo Beach. To the east is the Santa Lucia Range, bordering the cooler marine influence this region experiences.

This area hosts Burgundy varietals and already provides some delicious wines with 78 vineyards and over 50 wineries throughout. More than 90 percent of existing acreage is less than six miles from the ocean, making it one of California’s coolest wine growing regions and a beautiful place to visit.