California Wine

Overview of Vine Connections wine regions in Chile

This dynamic group of winemakers are creating exceptional wines with knockout quality from multiple diverse appellations across California. After years in the import business, Vine Connections scoured its backyard to assemble this creative and exciting portfolio.

Overview of Vine Connections wine regions in Chile
4th

largest wine producer in the world

615K

Acres of vines planted across the country

90

Percent of U.S. wine production coming from CA

6

Major CA wine regions that are represented by VC

About California Wine

Elevation

  • California winemaking is most prevalent in near-sea level valleys
  • Geographic diversity across the state allows for some grapes to be grown at higher elevations up to 2,600 feet (Mt. Veeder, Napa).

Climate

  • Sunny weather year-round creates a long grape-growing season.
  • 800 miles of coastline expose vineyards to fog and cool breezes.
  • Dry weather in the late spring and summer allow the vines to ripen fully and avoid grey rot and other diseases often prevalent in wet areas.

Soil

  • Diversity in terroir is obvious in California including soils of sand, clay, loam, granite, volcanic ash, seabed soil, and river-run gravel.
  • Napa and Sonoma Valleys are made up mostly of sandy-loam that keep the soil poor enough to produce high quality wine grapes.

Varietals Planted

*Denotes varieties imported by Vine Connections
  • 18%
    Cabernet Sauvignon*
  • 9%
    Pinot Noir*
  • 9%
    Merlot
  • 9%
    Zinfandel
  • 4%
    Syrah*
  • 2%
    Petit Syrah
  • 1%
    Grenache*
  • 10%
    Other Reds
  • 20%
    Chardonnay
  • 3%
    Pinot Gris
  • 3%
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • 11%
    Other Whites

The Wine Regions

California Wine Regions

North Coast – Napa, Sonoma

Central Coast –Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Central Valley – Lodi