California

California’s wonderful year-round weather is as good for our wines as it is for our visitors.

Abundant sunshine ensures a consistent and long grape growing season, while the diversity of terror supports a multitude of wine grape varieties and surprising flavor variations within them. California’s 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) of rugged coastline expose nearby vineyards to natural “air conditioning” in the form of fog and breezes, making exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other cool climate varieties. Warmer interior valleys receive the same cooling effects thanks to rivers, lakes and deltas.

Meanwhile, vines planted along our hillsides get a fine mixture of cooling air and bright, unfiltered sun-conditions that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were born to love.

Our soils are as diverse as our growing regions. Sands, clay, loam, granite, volcanic ash, seabed soil, river-run gravel: each contributes its own distinct minerality. And our winemakers are no less varied: since the 1700s, immigrants from all over the world have settled in California, bringing their vines and their skills with them. Hard-earned secrets of soil, climate and vine have been passed from generation to generation, providing California wine with its unique legacy and spectacular range

To sum up the complex climatology, topography and geology of such a large area is impossible without losing the subtleties that make one wine different from the next and that ultimately make wine such an interesting topic. For specific information on each of California's wine regions and AVAs, please use the links on the bottle.