Central Valley

1 of 5

A long, wide swath of flat fertile land, California’s Central Valley can grow just about any agricultural product, from apricots and almonds to rice and walnuts. The Central Valley is also the largest wine-grape growing region in the state. 

Hot and dry, it is largely comprised of some 150,000 acres in the San Joaquin Valley south of Lodi, with remote Madera County to the east near Yosemite National Park and its 38,000-some acres also counted in. The juggernaut of California’s table wine business, the Central Valley is a huge supplier of grapes to wineries throughout the state, as well as home to more unusual dessert and Port-style wines.

Places to know include Bakersfield, Fresno, Manteca, Merced, Stockton and of course Modesto, the base of E. & J. Gallo Winery, the biggest wine company in the world; and Bronco Wine Company in nearby Ceres, the maker of Two Buck Chuck. —Virginie Boone

Explore California's other wine-growing regions >>>

 

1 of 5
Edit Module
Edit Module

Related Articles

Lemon-Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Wine is Where the Heart Is

Booze & Wine on Wheels: Get Your Next Drink at these 7 Mobile Bars

Form meets function inside these Pinterest-worthy mobile bars.

Argentina's Must-Try Wines

These must-try wines lie at the heart of the country’s success.

Central Valley

1 of 5
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit Module

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Edit Module
Edit Module

Shop

Edit Module
>
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module

Related Web Articles