' A Taste of Monterey - Monterey Wine Country Soil


Another key element in defining a particular AVA region is soil composition. There are three main classifications of soil: loam, clay, and sand, each with its own distinct qualities. Having a working understanding of a vineyard’s soil gives the grower the knowledge needed to customize viticultural practices, to “micromanage” the vines annual cycles for maximum flavor expression in the eventual grapes.

Eight Primary Soil Types

  • Over eighty percent of the vineyards are comprised of eight, optimal soil types
  • Soils: Oceano Loamy Sand, Lockwood Shaly Loam, Chualar Loam, Garey Sandy Loam, Arroyo Seco Gravelly Sandy Loam, Rincon Clay Loam and Placentia Sandy Loam
  • Alluvial, porous, granite and limestone rich-perfect for grapevines