Santa Lucia Highlands – small but mighty

Photo of Santa Lucia vineyards over rolling hills, by Wildly Simple Productions, Courtesy of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans.

'The finest wine region in California that no one knows about' profiled, and pictured above by Wildly Simple Productions, courtesy of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans.

In his novel East of Eden, John Steinbeck immortalised California’s Salinas Valley as a paradise, with ‘the smell of azaleas and the sleepy smell of sun working with chlorophyll’ in the air. Salinas has long been one of California’s most important agricultural regions. It still grows immense quantities of lettuce and strawberries, but it now hosts one of California’s most interesting small wine regions.

Its broad floodplain carved by the Salinas River...