California's Wine, Waves and Surfing Winemakers: Pacific Ocean's Allure Inspires Winemakers and Wine Lovers

Aug 13, 2013, 13:20 ET from Wine Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When people think of California, chances are that sunny beaches, surfers and rolling vineyards are part of the picture.  You might be surprised about how much California's famous beaches and the state's acclaimed wines have in common.


California's 800-mile-long coast has an ideally cool and mild climate both for growing a wide variety of winegrapes and for chilling out with the state's renowned beach lifestyle.  This has inspired many winemakers and winegrowers to work and play here.  With surfing, sailing, fishing and more to enjoy, many vintners unwind by catching a wave or two.  And in September and October, they know these are the best surfing months and also the midst of harvest.  Some winemakers have even been known to hook their fermenters up to the Internet so they can keep an eye on them from the beach, which is where they say they do their best creative thinking.  California's world-class wines and beaches—along with local wine and food events—have inspired visitors from around the world to check out the action.

The North Coast, Central Coast and Southern California wine regions all offer idyllic conditions for gnarled vines and gnarly waves—the perfect combination for an escape to the shores.  Meet seven of California's surfing winemakers on Wine Institute's consumer website and check out their great tips on fun activities in wine country.  Explore all the winery events during California Wine Month Sept. 1-31 at

About Wine Institute

Wine Institute is the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine and two out of every three bottles enjoyed in the U.S.  Each year, nearly 21 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California's signature industry.

SOURCE Wine Institute