The Edna Valley AVA is located in and around Edna, California south of the city of San Luis Obispo and north of the town of Arroyo Grande. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. The region is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and to a lesser extent, Syrah. Grapes were originally planted here by Spanish Missionary's in the early 19th century. The region saw a revival when new vineyards were planted in the early 1970s by Paragon and Chamisal Vineyards. Edna Valley wines are often grouped with those of the contiguous Arroyo Grande Valley. The AVA was designated in 1982, with help from the founders of what today is the Edna Valley Vineyard.