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Is Santa Maria Valley our next big wine region?

October 19, 2017

The Santa Maria Valley is by no means an undiscovered region. It's the second-oldest designated American Viticultural Area in the state, after Napa Valley, and earned acclaim for the wines of pioneers such as Jim Clendenan of Au Bon Climat. The region has drawn investment from big names, including Robert Mondavi, which owned Byron winery for over a decade, and Kendall-Jackson owner Jackson Family Wines, which now owns Byron as well as neighboring Cambria winery.