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Monterey County

Political district or AVA area in the north of the Central Coast region in California south of San Francisco. There is significant agriculture here, which is why the area is also known as "America's salad bowl". The town of Monterey was the birthplace of author John Steinbeck (1902-1968), whose most important novel, The Grapes of Wrath, is set in Monterey's working-class orchard environment. The area covers the Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley and is divided into the subzones of Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Hames Valley, Monterey, San Bernabe, San Lucas and Santa Lucia Highlands. There are very different climatic conditions from cool near the coast in the Carmel Valley area to sunny and warm inland in the small Chalone area. Due to the low rainfall, artificial irrigation is required, which is mainly done by means of the Salinas River flowing underground.

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