[...] it was enchanting to hear the legend from the man himself, huddled against the blazing fireplace in his hillside cave like some Renaissance raconteur.  With his jocular smile and gray curly locks, Pisoni can convince you that the incarnation of the Santa Lucia Highlands, a premium region for collectible Pinot Noirs, occurred with one comical but shrewd question.  The vineyards blanket the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range, planted along a series of loamy alluvial fans trickling down…

Santa Lucia Highlands: Pinot Noir on the edge

[...] it was enchanting to hear the legend from the man himself, huddled against the blazing fireplace in his hillside cave like some Renaissance raconteur. With his jocular smile and gray curly locks, Pisoni can convince you that the incarnation of the Santa Lucia Highlands, a premium region for collectible Pinot Noirs, occurred with one comical but shrewd question. The vineyards blanket the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range, planted along a series of loamy alluvial fans trickling down…

Paraiso Vineyards, is a larger family owned winery at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Paraiso Vineyards, is a larger family owned winery at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

ROAR Wines - Santa Lucia Highlands near Monterrey

ROAR Wines - Santa Lucia Highlands near Monterrey

Wine Trail, near Monterey, CA. In California's Salinas Valley, near Monterey, fall color can be found in more places than just the leaves. Sample all hues of great, under-the-radar wines along River Road, aka the Wine Trail, at the 20 or so wineries (most of them in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation).

Top 18 spots for fall color

Wine Trail, near Monterey, CA. In California's Salinas Valley, near Monterey, fall color can be found in more places than just the leaves. Sample all hues of great, under-the-radar wines along River Road, aka the Wine Trail, at the 20 or so wineries (most of them in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation).

The cool ocean air from the Monterey Bay is always present in the Santa Lucia Highlands of the Salinas Valley, Monterey County where some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are born • Vineyard Photography by Steve Zmak • Fine Prints - Assignments - Stock Licensing • SteveZmak.com

The cool ocean air from the Monterey Bay is always present in the Santa Lucia Highlands of the Salinas Valley, Monterey County where some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are born • Vineyard Photography by Steve Zmak • Fine Prints - Assignments - Stock Licensing • SteveZmak.com

The Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) is perched on the western slopes of the Santa Lucia range above the Salinas River Valley. The drive has a discovery around every turn: fresh fruit and vegetable stands, views across the valley to the Pinnacles, the Soledad Mission dating from 1791, and small, family-run #wineries where the host pouring for you is often likely to be the #winemaker.

The Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) is perched on the western slopes of the Santa Lucia range above the Salinas River Valley. The drive has a discovery around every turn: fresh fruit and vegetable stands, views across the valley to the Pinnacles, the Soledad Mission dating from 1791, and small, family-run #wineries where the host pouring for you is often likely to be the #winemaker.

Drink: Alexander Smith. Tucked in a courtyard hidden behind a Hansel and Gretel-like candy cottage (yes, really), this fetching shoebox-sized tasting room pours estate wines from the family-owned Alexander Smith and Paraiso labels. Their solar-powered ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands produces good examples of the region’s Pinot Noir and less common varietals like their popular Riesling. Court of the Golden Bough, Ocean Avenue between Lincoln & Monte Verde Street

Drink: Alexander Smith. Tucked in a courtyard hidden behind a Hansel and Gretel-like candy cottage (yes, really), this fetching shoebox-sized tasting room pours estate wines from the family-owned Alexander Smith and Paraiso labels. Their solar-powered ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands produces good examples of the region’s Pinot Noir and less common varietals like their popular Riesling. Court of the Golden Bough, Ocean Avenue between Lincoln & Monte Verde Street

Enjoy the complete Santa Lucia Highlands experience at the Hahn Tasting Room, where the only thing better than the view is the wine.  Nestled in the heart of the Smith Vineyard, guests of the Tasting Room are encouraged to bring...

Enjoy the complete Santa Lucia Highlands experience at the Hahn Tasting Room, where the only thing better than the view is the wine. Nestled in the heart of the Smith Vineyard, guests of the Tasting Room are encouraged to bring...

GoAltaCA | A wine trail in the Santa Lucia Highlands - California's cool-climate winemaking district is a 12-mile-long stretch of idyllic, wild vineyard sites carved along the western edge of the Salinas Valley above the Salinas River.

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GoAltaCA | A wine trail in the Santa Lucia Highlands - California's cool-climate winemaking district is a 12-mile-long stretch of idyllic, wild vineyard sites carved along the western edge of the Salinas Valley above the Salinas River.

A Spectacular Sight At Soberanes #Vineyard In The Santa Lucia Highlands! -Twomey Cellars #NapaValley

A Spectacular Sight At Soberanes #Vineyard In The Santa Lucia Highlands! -Twomey Cellars #NapaValley

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