Many homebuyers are attracted to Shea’s fabulous Trilogy California communities for their close proximity to some of the best wine regions in the world (among many other reasons, of course). You’ve heard of the famed Napa and Sonoma Valleys, but what about the Central Coast region?
Stretching from just south of San Francisco to Santa Barbara, the Central Coast is home to some of California’s most breathtaking terrain. There are mountains, dramatic cliffs overlooking beaches, lush valleys, and more. And of course, there is the wine—most notably, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah wines, although there are many other wines grown here. Several Trilogy communities are close to this magnificent area, in fact:
Here’s an overview of some of the highlights of the Central California Coast Wine Country:
Livermore Valley – One of California’s oldest wine regions, Livermore Valley is just 30 miles east of San Francisco. Vineyards have been growing here since the 1880s, and today, there are 55 wineries, many which offer a homey, welcoming vibe. Livermore Valley wineries first bottled varietal labeled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Petite Syrah. In fact, nearly 80% of California’s Chardonnay traces back to a Livermore Valley clone. Learn more at lvwine.org.
Monterey Wine Country – Home to beautiful destinations like Big Sur, Carmel-By-The-Sea, and Pebble Beach, Monterey County traces its wine history to the planting of grapes by Franciscan friars in Soledad over 200 years ago. But the region really took off in the 1960s. Today, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the largest wine grape varietals in the county, but an impressive 42 varietals are grown here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and others. Learn more at montereywines.org.
San Luis Obispo Wine Country – This gorgeous area is tucked between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean (and right near Trilogy at Monarch Dunes). Two distinct growing areas create an environment for vastly different wines—almost two dozen varietals. In the Edna Valley, a cool winegrowing region, you’ll discover Chardonnay, Pino Noir, and aromatic whites like Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. In Arroyo Grande Valley, one of the most temperate growing viticultural areas in the world, are Zinfandels and classic Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Learn more at slowine.com.
Santa Barbara Wine Country – The first winery in Santa Barbara County was constructed in Goleta in 1804, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the first commercial vineyard was planted in the Tepusquet region. You’ll discover more than 50 wine grape varietals and 200 wineries in Santa Barbara Wine Country. There’s truly something for every wine lover here—whether you want to visit the coastal Santa Ynez Valley to taste Rhone and Italian varieties, the Santa Maria Valley or Sta. Rita Hills area for their flagship Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, or another spot. Learn more at sbcountywines.com.
There’s a lot to discover in the Central Coast Wine Country! Visit discovercaliforniawines.com to learn more about the many wines, wineries, and sights in this amazing part of the Golden State.
Introducing the Barrel Masters Program
If you end up living at a Trilogy community, you’ll learn pretty quickly that wine is a big part of the culture here—so if you love wine, you’re in good company! For our wine lovers, we also have the Barrel Masters program, which gives Trilogy Members preferred wine pricing and access to special wine events and their own private wine locker, where available.
That means you can bring home your favorite wines from your travels to the Central Coast and store those bottles in your private, plaqued locker! You’ll also get preferred pricing of 20% off all wine bottles or tap wine carafes at Trilogy’s restaurants. Learn more about the Barrel Masters program at www.mytrilogylife.com/barrelmasters.