The Edna Valley Collective is the first vintners’ organization to exclusively represent the Edna Valley AVA since it was formally established in 1982. As a group of dedicated Edna Valley AVA wineries, the aim is twofold: to generate and share research on the Edna Valley which sheds light on the character and quality of the wines; and to highlight and communicate the unique qualities of the Edna Valley, its vineyards and wineries among relevant audiences.
With one of California’s longest growing seasons, the small but fertile Edna Valley offers wines having the complex flavors associated with California’s great cool-climate regions. Located in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County, the valley is most famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Edna Valley’s grape history began with Spanish missionaries 240 years ago. It was revived from dormancy when Chamisal and Paragon Vineyards planted new vineyards in the early 1973.
The hilly Edna Valley, oriented along a northwest-southeast axis, is shadowed by volcanic mountains, is a distinct Central Coast microclimate, benefiting from black humus and clay-rich soils, cooling Pacific winds and morning fog cover. Edna Valley has the distinction of being the closest AVA to the Pacific Ocean in California. Growing conditions result in traditionally very low yielding crops which adds to the allure of the grapes from this AVA.
The Edna Valley is small. There are only 11 wineries in the Edna Valley, but the close proximity to San Luis Obispo makes it a popular destination for wine lovers. With breathtaking natural beauty, Edna Valley is also the AVA with the highest percentage of sustainably farmed vineyards, certified under the SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified™ program.
With a modern winegrowing history that dates to 1973, there are long-time growers and vintners who are proud of their place in California’s wine history. With the formation of the Edna Valley Collective, it is hoped that the group will become the best resource for information about all that makes the Edna Valley unique; its history, geology, topography, soils, climate and of course its wines and people.