Not often thought of as a wine destination, the Northern Central Coast – comprised of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties – is a hidden jewel for oenophiles. With the industrial Silicon Valley to the east, this region’s wines can easily be overlooks, making it the perfect destination for those who are looking for a wine experience that will pleasantly surprise them. The Northern Central Coast region is made up of different appellations and, more specifically, different microclimates within these appellations that create some truly spectacular wines. The coast is an ever-present force in this region, mediating the temperatures and creating the perfect climate for varietals such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. More recently, the cultivation of Merlot and Zinfandel has gained popularity, and both are rising to prominence.
Unlike some regions of California where wine is the main focus, the Northern Central Coast has an endless assortment of activities to partake in, from aquariums and water sports to world-class restaurants and hotels as well as hiking among the redwood forests and enjoying the ambiances of both city and country alike.