Stretching from the coast of Monterey Bay down into the Salinas Valley, Monterey wine country is home to more than 85 vintners and growers.
The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination.
Named “pietra santa” (sacred stone) to honor its granite and limestone soils, Pietra Santa Winery is a family run estate that produces artisanal wines and olive oils.
To truly savor everything Carmel Valley has to offer, visitors can stay just two miles to the west of the tasting room at the exquisite Bernardus Lodge, providing 57 sumptuous rooms, a spa, and gourmet cuisine.
Located along 17 miles of secluded beach on the north shore of Monterey Bay, Seascape Beach Resort offers guests an ideal retreat when exploring the northern central coast wine country.
Christopher's, Carmel-by-the-Sea, for soft shell-crab appetizer
Dametra Cafe, Carmel-by-the-Sea, for Greek-style lamb shank
Esteban, Monterey, for paella negra
Paradise Beach Grille, Capitola, for Haleakala lava flow prawns
Restaurant 1833, Monterey, for hen egg appetizer
Sanderlings, Aptos, for lobster thermidor
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Portola Hotel & Spa
A Taste of Monterey wine bar
Hahn SLH Estate Winery private tour
Vinocruz wine bar
Wrath Wines The Custom Wrath Experience
Carmel Valley Ranch
Casa Munras Hotel & Spa
Hotel Los Gatos
Mission Ranch Hotel
Toll House Hotel
Ventana Inn & Spa
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Seascape Beach Resort
The Mountain Winery
The Vineyard House at Hahn
SLH Estate Winery
ART & WINE
Figge Cellars art gallery
Heller Estate Vineyards sculpture garden
Lyonshead art gallery and Wines of Carmel
Manzoni Estate Winery
Pietra Santa Winery
Talbott Vineyards, River Road
Not often thought of as a wine destination, the Northern Central Coast – comprised of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties – is a hidden jewel for oenophiles. With the industrial Silicon Valley to the east, this region’s wines can easily be overlooks, making it the perfect destination for those who are looking for a wine experience that will pleasantly surprise them. The Northern Central Coast region is made up of different appellations and, more specifically, different microclimates within these appellations that create some truly spectacular wines. The coast is an ever-present force in this region, mediating the temperatures and creating the perfect climate for varietals such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. More recently, the cultivation of Merlot and Zinfandel has gained popularity, and both are rising to prominence.
Unlike some regions of California where wine is the main focus, the Northern Central Coast has an endless assortment of activities to partake in, from aquariums and water sports to world-class restaurants and hotels as well as hiking among the redwood forests and enjoying the ambiances of both city and country alike.
There's nothing like spending a few days in wine country to spark or rekindle romance. Here are four regions we love, offer- ing exceptional wine, great food, and beautiful scenery—everything you need to get your heart thumping on your next escapade.
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Long prized for its pristine beauty naturally sculpted by breezes from the Monterey Bay, the Northern Central Coast is experiencing a new kind of windfall these days in the form of tasting rooms.
Wine country and beautiful sights go hand-in-hand. But if you want to capture something different in both your camera lens and glass, we recommend these five getaway spots.
Dotted throughout the Northern Central Coast wine region, seaside resorts, charming back road wineries, and copious vineyards seemingly intertwine--it's a natural place to gather together.
A tour of the Northern Central Coast With from Summit Road—down to Monterey Bay—and beyond, to the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Nearly everywhere we turn we find another great area to tour, taste, and stay! Here are our seven top regions to watch—and visit—in the summer and fall of 2011.
The Northern Central Coast, encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties, offers wine lovers a unique tasting experience no matter what the season.
California's Northern Central Coast wine region presents a diverse selection of public wine education.
Explore the different wine and culinary flavors of California's Northern Central Coast.
Enjoy California's Northern Central Coast wine regions while touring and tasting in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
An exclusive interview with Chef Brian Overhauser of Hahn Estates.
Start at Sycamore Cellars Family Estate located in the beautiful upper Arroyo Seco appellation in Monterey County, once a turkey farm, it now boasts four generations who live and work to grow and produce the finest of wines. Sip on their Cabernet Sauvignon, this robust red captures the uniqueness of the Arroyo Seco AVA with its full bodied and velvety texture. Next, head east on Arroyo Seco Rd towards Sycamore Flats Rd and drive for about eight and a half miles. To your left you will find McIntyre Vineyards, with some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the region it
crafts small quantities of exceptional Pinot and Chardonnay that embodies the mountainous, maritime-influenced terroir. Bright, elegant, ethereal, yet bold, these are the hallmarks of the award winning wines from McIntyre Vineyards. After you’re finished tasting some wonderful wines, head north on Arroyo Seco Rd toward Paraiso Springs Rd. Stay on Paraiso Springs Rd for a little over a mile and you will find Paraiso Vineyards just a few yards away. One of the pioneering wine grape growers of the Santa Lucia Highlands, it is the first in the region to be SIP Certified Sustainable. Stop by the tasting bar, as it offers samples of the full line of Paraiso wines, including a few bottlings that can only be found here. The deck out back is a great place to hang out while tasting and taking in the view, and a stroll in the vineyard just steps away is always a nice way to spend an afternoon.
More than thirty Santa Lucia Highlands wineries pouring some of the world's best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Great food with a "localvore" theme. A rare, "big bottle" auction. Live music. And, of course, some of the best known Pinots this side of Burgundy! Info & tickets at santaluciahighlands.com.