Wineries

Monterey County is large, with about 40,000 acres of vineyards; its winegrowing centerpiece is Santa Lucia Highlands. Since the late 1990s, the Highlands have gained national attention thanks to the success of vineyards such as Pisoni, Mer Soleil and Garys', as well as a wave of new producers, including Roar and Morgan.

In recent years, a host of small wineries, like Figge Cellars, have set up shop. They provide visitors to the Monterey Coast with plenty of opportunities to discover new things. You can taste a range of wines in both Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley—two areas where a number of wineries have opened tasting rooms in close proximity to one another.

Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change, and we recommend that you call ahead before you go. For more wineries worldwide, see our Winery Search database.

WHERE TO TASTE

CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE

Website: www.carmelvalleycalifornia.com/indexwine.html

About 12 miles inland on Carmel Valley Road, this country village is only a few blocks long, but there are nearly 20 tasting rooms. The wines are made elsewhere in the county, often in remote places, but these producers believe there is strength in numbers. Highlights include:

  • Bernardus: 5 West Carmel Valley Road, (800) 223-2533
  • Boekenoogen: 24 West Carmel Valley Road, (831) 659-4215
  • Chesebro: 9 East Carmel Valley Road, Suite D, (831) 659-2125
  • Parsonage: 19 East Carmel Valley Road, (831) 659-7322
  • Robert Talbott: 25 Pilot Road, (831) 659-3500

CARMEL WINE WALK BY-THE-SEA

Website: www.carmelwinewalk.org

Stroll around the charming village of Carmel to find a dozen tasting rooms mingled among the art galleries and restaurants. The pleasure here is discovering something new, and since Carmel doesn't use numbered addresses, you have to be open to exploring. These are small wineries, family owned, and you'll rarely find their wines outside the area. Highlights include:

  • Blair Estate: San Carlos Street, between Ocean Avenue and Seventh Street, (831) 625-9463
  • Figge: Dolores Street and Seventh Avenue, (831) 224-4149
  • Silvestri: Seventh Avenue, between Dolores and San Carlos Streets, (831) 625-0111
  • Wrath: Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, (831) 620-1909

More detailed listings for these venues follow below. Click on the name to view the full page.


Bernardus
5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Telephone: (831) 298-8021; (800) 223-2533
Website: www.bernardus.com/winery
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $12

One of Carmel Valley's dependable producers, Bernardus produces about a dozen different bottlings, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as various tiers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from prime vineyards—Gary's, Pisoni and Rosella's—in Santa Lucia Highlands. The winery, founded in 1990, is located elsewhere, but the tasting room is an attractive space in a building in the village of Carmel Valley.

Parsonage
74 East Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Telephone: (831) 659-73222
Website: www.parsonagewine.com
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10 - $20

Talbott Vineyards
25 Pilot Road (corner of Pilot Road and Delfino Place)
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Telephone: (831) 659-3500
Website: www.talbottvineyards.com
Open: Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Summer hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri-Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10 - $15

This is a house that Chardonnay built. Launched in 1983 by Robert Talbott, the winery makes its best wines from two estate vineyards: Diamond T Estate in the mountains above Carmel Valley and the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. The winery proper, located in Gonzales over the mountains in the Salinas Valley, added a tasting room in 2010, but this more central tasting room, clustered with others in a few blocks of Carmel Valley Village, is still the main draw.

Figge
Dolores Street, between Ocean and 7th Avenues
Carmel, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 224-4149
Website: www.figgecellars.com
Open: Thurs-Mon, 12-6 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $9 - $15

Silvestri
Seventh Avenue, between Dolores and San Carlos Streets
Carmel, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 625-0111
Website: www.silvestrivineyards.com
Open: Daily, 12-7 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10 - $15

Wrath
Carmel Plaza, corner of Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Carmel, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 620-1909
Website: www.wrathwines.com
Open: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10 - $20

One of archeologist Michael Thomas' biggest finds is the now rejuvenated San Saba Vineyard, in Monterey, just outside the Santa Lucia Highlands. Thomas has renamed the project Wrath, inspired by a Led Zeppelin tune, and has been producing a string of outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay bottlings from the estate and other top sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands—these are now poured in a tasting room amid the galleries and restaurants of Carmel. Thomas, along with his mother and business partner, Barbara Lemmon, purchased the San Saba winery and its vineyards in 2007 from Thomas' stepfather. Thomas then began replanting the 68-acre site, previously Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and making improvements with the help of local grower Steve McIntyre. As an archeologist, Thomas has a teaching post at the University of Texas, Austin, and he runs two excavation sites in Italy, including one that appears to have been a wine distribution center that was destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption in A.D. 79.

Boekenoogen
24 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Telephone: (831) 659-4215
Website: www.boekenoogenwines.com
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $8 - $10

Chesebro
19 East Carmel Valley Road, Suite D
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Telephone: (831) 659-2125
Website: www.chesebrowines.com
Open: Thurs–Fri, 1–6 p.m.; Sat– Sun, 12–6 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10

Blair Estate
Paseo San Carlos Courtyard, off San Carlos Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues
Carmel, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 625-9463
Website: www.blairwines.com
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., spring through fall; 12 a.m.–6 p.m., winter
Tasting Fee: $10

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