Carmel Valley AVA
Located in Monterey County, Carmel Valley is situated just east of the classic seaside town of Carmel by the Sea. Most of the vines are situated at least 1,000 feet above sea level to try and combat the almost continuous fog that plagues the region. With both ocean breezes as well as the Carmel river breeze hitting the vines, even being situated above the fog and cloud lines does not guarantee full ripeness in the grapes in every growing year. As you might expect, these wines almost seem French in origin when compared to much of the rest of California.