Malibu Coast AVA

The Malibu Coast AVA comprised approximately 44,590 acres of privately owned lands evenly scattered throughout the 182,000 acre Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area. This equates to less than 25% of the land area within the Recreational Area. The Santa Monica Mountains are unique example of a Mediterranean ecosystem. Mediterranean areas are close to the sea but usually also close to a considerable land mass.

The Santa Monica Mountains have a history of continuous human occupation dating back more than 8000 years. Large Native American villages with foot traffic, use of fire, disposal of bones and shells impacted the soil, probably resulted in fewer shrubs and more grasses, annual herbs and bulbs than are typical of these soils today.