Monterey Wine Country

Hugging the southern shoreline of the Pacific’s deep Blue Grand Canyon—Monterey Bay—Monterey wine country reaches south, down a 90-mile-long valley. The bay generates fog and moderate temperatures that create ideal climate conditions for growing exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Traveling south, the valley experiences a thermal rainbow, providing increasingly warmer microclimates that support more than 40 varieties. There are tasting rooms in downtown Monterey, Carmel by-the-Sea, and Carmel Valley, and further inland along the River Road Wine Trail.


Featured Wineries

Bernardus Winery

The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination.

Chalone Vineyard

Perched on the rugged north slope of Chalone Peak in the Gavilan Mountain Range, the Chalone AVA is home to the oldest producing vines in Monterey County. 

Hahn Estate

Rugged and teeming with natural beauty, the Northern Central Coast vineyards of Hahn Estates deserve to be protected.

Manzoni Vineyards

Offering award-winning limited production wines from the SLH appellation, the friendly Manzoni family’s ranch on River Road overlooks the Salinas River Valley.

Puma Road Winery

The artisan wines of Puma Road Winery are proof that great wines come from great vineyards. 

Tudor Wines

For the past 15 years, cousins Dan and Christian Tudor have been producing stunning vineyard-designate SLH Pinot Noirs.

Notable Wineries

Château Julien Wine Estate

Inspired by the travels of wine lovers Bob and Patty Brower, Château Julien Wine Estate was born in 1982.

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Holman Ranch

Old World charm abounds at historic Holman Ranch, located in the renowned Carmel Valley appellation.

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Paraiso Vineyards

Paraiso Vineyards is a family labor of love. Its roots go back 35 years to the time when Rich and Claudia Smith first arrived in the bench land that has come to be known as the Santa Lucia Highlands, eager to practice their newly minted UC-Davis training.

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Pessagno Winery

Pessagno Winery fulfills the 20-year dream of Winemaker Stephen Pessagno to produce limited quantities of exclusive luxury wines from prestigious single vineyards throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties.

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Scheid Vineyards

Over the past 36 Years, Scheid Vineyards has grown into one of California's largest independent producers of premium wine grapes, and a maker of distinctive wines that bear the Scheid name.

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Sycamore Cellars

Sycamore Cellars is 75 acres and four generations strong. The vineyards are 100 percent sustainably farmed to produce the finest wines without impacting the soils and environment.

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Featured Accommodations

Bernardus Lodge

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.

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Featured Destinations

Monterey Wine Country

Stretching from the coast of Monterey Bay down into the Salinas Valley, Monterey wine country is home to more than 85 vintners and growers.

Santa Lucia Highlands

Just 35 minutes inland from Monterey Bay lies one of the state’s most famed winegrowing districts.

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The Noteworthy Wines of Summer/Fall 2014

6/17/2014

The noteworthy wines in our Summer/Fall 2014 issue.

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Monterey Beyond the Bay

6/16/2014

When most people hear the word “Monterey,” a dreamy look crosses their faces as they imagine stunning coastal scenery, renowned golf courses, the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a quiet, well-heeled hamlet called Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

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