The official AVA name for wines in Monterey is “Monterey”. Most of Monterey’s vineyards are in the Salinas Valley.
The Monterey AVA includes smaller sub-AVA’s in the Salinas Valley (from north to south):
- Santa Lucia Highlands,
- Arroyo Seco,
- San Bernabe,
- San Lucas, and
- Hames Valley.
The Monterey AVA includes 3 other sub-AVAs sit outside of the Salinas Valley:
- Carmel Valley,
- San Antonio Valley.
Note: There are a number of vineyards in southern Monterey County that outside the boundary of any AVA. They have unique terroir and some very good wines.