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C
alifornia was a late addition to the world of winemaking, to say the least.
When Spanish monks planted the first California varieties of Vitis vinifera,
the famous Bordeaux region of France had already been exporting wine
to most of the world for 600 years.
But the Europeans’ head start has all but vanished. At the 1976 Judgment of
Paris, an international wine competition, Californian wines beat out their French
counterparts in both the red and white categories. Today, California features
more than 1,200 wineries, whose combined annual crop represents 90 percent
of American wine production.
Monterey County has had a lot to do with California’s emergence as the
western hemisphere’s pre-eminent wine region. Although the first vines weren’t
planted here until the 1960s, the unbridled success of pioneers like Chalone,
Wente, and Mirassou ultimately led to the 40,000 acres of grapes planted
here.
Today Monterey County continues to establish itself as one of the premier
wine-growing regions in the country, if not the world. Within Monterey County are
seven different certified American Viticultural Areas, most notably Carmel Valley
and the Santa Lucia Highlands. From the wet and cool air of the coastal regions
to the dry and warm climate of the rocky southern areas, Monterey County
encompasses a diverse range of microclimates which create near-perfect condi-
tions for every varietal and style.
The area’s mainstays--folks like Doug Meador of Ventana, Rich Smith of
Paraiso, Rob Talbott of Talbott Vineyards, and others--revised and fine-tuned the
science of growing grapes in these various sub-regions.
They’re joined by great
boutique wines like Chateau
Christina, Marilyn Remark,
Parsonage, Pisoni, and Sheldon.
And of course there are always
the regional standard-bearers
Chalone, Galante, Hahn/Smith
and Hook, Joullian and Georis.
From the southernmost tip
of the county near Paso Robles
to the inland hideaways of the
Carmel Valley, great wines mate-
rialize from magical soil every-
where in this wine wonderland.
monterey county wines
from albariño to zinfandel
wineries &
tasting rooms
Bargetto Winery
tasting room
Bargetto operates Monterey’s oldest tasting
room and has garnered high praise from oeno-
philes for its full line of dinner and specialty
dessert wines. Call for tour information. 700
Cannery Row, Suite L, Monterey. 373-4053.
BayWood Cellars
Winemaker John Cotta has more than 20
years of experience producing wine in California.
His knowledge of Old World techniques com-
bined with up-to-date winemaking technology
give Baywood Cellars the bottling capacity of up
to 150 bottles per minute. Tastings daily. 381
Cannery Row, Suite C, Monterey. 645-9035.
Bernardus Winery
Bernardus’ wine-tasting room is located in
the heart of Carmel Valley Village. Beautiful
color photographs of its upper Carmel Valley
vineyard and winery adorn the walls. All the
vintage wines sell out quickly. Tastings daily.
5 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village,
659-1900.
BlaCkstone Winery
This Monterey County tasting room encour-
ages visitors to picnic on the grounds as they
enjoy a bottle of limited-release wine. The
winery hosts tours and events and even offers
a private VIP dining room. 800 S. Alta St.,
Gonzales, 675-5341.
Boëté
The lime-enriched soil of John and Jana
Saunders’ Carmel Valley vineyard yields
Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs of
notable complexity and minerality. A terroir-
seeker’s dream. Tastings Thurs-Sun. Valley Hills
Center, 7156A Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley.
625-5040.
Chalone Vineyard
This rustic and isolated winery is set high
above the Salinas Valley, affording views of
the Gabilan Mountains and the vineyards.
Recommended wines: Chardonnay, Pinot
Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc. Tastings on
Saturday and Sunday and by appointment
Mon-Fri. Stonewall Canyon and Highway 146,
Soledad. 678-1717.
Chateau Christina
Frank Joyce has been hand-making small
batches of the area’s best Pinot Noir, Merlot
and Cabernet since he
decided to scale back
his dentistry practice
and ramp up his winery.
Limited production, most-
ly local distribution and
great quality have distin-
guished Chateau Christina
for the past few years. 60
Via Milpitas, Carmel Valley.
659-0312.
Chateau
Julien
Beautiful stained
glass and antiques adorn
Chateau Julien’s wine-
tasting room. Built in the
style of a French country
chateau, the building’s
great hall with its cathe-
dral ceiling adds a touch
of elegance. Tastings daily,
tours by reservation only.
8940 Carmel Valley Rd.,
Carmel Valley. 624-2600.
Cima Collina
Cima Collina’s hand-
crafted Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc and Merlot are on
pour at this art gallery and
wine-tasting bar in down-
town Carmel. Most of the wines originate on
three Salinas Valley vineyards. Open Thurs--
Mon. San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh,
Carmel. 620-0645.
galante Vineyards
Vineyards, thousands of roses and grazing
cattle make Galante’s 700-acre property a
great place to have a picnic or hold an event.
Their tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a
chance to taste the very limited estate Cabernet
Sauvignon. Tastings daily. Dolores between
Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 624-3800.
georis Winery
Georis’ relaxing Carmel Valley tasting room
and shady courtyard offer intriguing vintages,
fine furniture and an irresistible array of books
and gifts. 4 Pilot Rd., Carmel Valley. 659-1050.
heller estates
Heller Estates Vineyards offers award-win-
ning organic estate-bottled Cabernet, as well
as Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Heller
is truly a local wine—its grapes are grown in
the Cachagua region of the Carmel Valley.
Try the Chenin Blanc. Tastings daily. 69 W.
Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, (800)
625-8466.
Joullian Vineyards
This small, high-quality producer in the clas-
sical Joseph de Maria stone building specializes
in estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastings daily, tours
by appointment. 2 Village Dr., Suite A, Carmel
Valley. 659-8100.
loCkWood Vineyards
Located at the southernmost tip of Monterey
County in San Lucas, Lockwood Vineyards
produces some notable wines, including its
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
offerings. Sample Lockwood wines at either of
the Taste of Monterey sites (see below), or call
(800) 753-1424 for other locations.
manzoni estate
Vineyard
Low-yield production techniques translate
to well-regarded, fruit-intensive Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay and Syrah. The new tasting room
is open on weekends. 3.5 miles south of
Gonzales on River Rd., Salinas. 675-3398.
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MarILyn reMarK
Following a trip to France, Joel Burnstein
and his wife, Marilyn Remark, decided to try
their hand at creating some of California’s best
Rhone-style wines. Expertly crafted Marsanne,
Roussanne, Rose, Grenache and Syrah wines
are the attention-getting result. Tasting room
open weekends only. 645 River Rd., Salinas.
455-9310.
ParaIso VIneyarDs
The Smith family, led by Richard, has been
on the Monterey County wine scene for more
than three decades. Home to one of the most
picturesque and profound wine properties in
the revered Santa Lucia Highlands, Paraiso,
under current winemaker David Fleming (Rich’s
son-in-law), continues to turn out top-quality
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling.
38060 Paraiso Springs Rd., off River Rd.,
Soledad. 678-0300.
ParsonaGe VILLaGe
VIneyarD
Bill and Mary Ellen Parsons produce their
estate-grown Cabernets, Syrahs and Merlots
from nine acres of prime sun-drenched Carmel
Valley land. The result is wines of exceptional
flavor and intensity. Their newly opened tast-
ing room also showcases textile art by Mary
Ellen. 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley.
659-2215.
PessaGno
Stephen Pessagno’s acclaimed wines are
grown in Monterey and neighboring San Benito
counties. Look for the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Chardonnay and the Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir,
both grown in the Santa Lucia appellation.
Pessagno’s port is excellent, too. Tastings Fri-
Sun. 1645 River Rd., Salinas. 675-9463.
san saBa
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Highlands,
San Saba Vineyards has been making award-
winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and
Cabernet Sauvignon wines in limited quantities
since 1981. San Saba wines are known to be
complex and distinctive. Second label Bocage
uses only estate-grown grapes and has a fresh,
easy-to-drink style. Tastings daily at 35801
Foothill Rd., at River Rd., Soledad. 678-2992.
sCheID VIneyarDs
Since 1972, the Scheid family has grown
premium wine grapes and produced superb
Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet
Sauvignon. These wines exemplify the best
marriage of land, climate and wine-making
expertise. Tours by appointment. 1972 Hobson
Ave., Greenfield. 386-0316.
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Established in 1979, Silver Mountain
Vineyards produces robust and complex world-
class wines from organic grapes. The tasting
room near the Monterey Plaza Hotel offers
all current releases and contains a gallery of
artwork, as well as a collection of antique sil-
ver. Tasting daily. 381 Cannery Row, Monterey.
644-9609.
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Two prime local wineries offer their vino in
an elegant wine tasting room. Sample excel-
lent wines while enjoying beautiful views of
the Salinas Valley. Smith & Hook’s Cabernets
are hearty and delicious. Tastings daily, tours
by appointment. 37700 Foothill Rd., Soledad.
678-2132.
talbott vineyard
Its winery is tucked away in the far-off Santa
Lucia Highlands, so Talbott opened its first local
tasting room in March of 1999. Antiques and
gift items are for sale, and small parties can be
accommodated. Tastings daily. 53 W. Carmel
Valley Rd., Carmel Valley. 659-3500.
taSte Morgan
Daniel Morgan Lee has built Morgan
Vineyards into an area favorite through the
consistent quality of their solid lineup of
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. At their
tasting room in Carmel, vinophiles can sample
the offerings from the renowned Double L and
Rosella’s Vineyards. Tastings Thur-Sun. 204
Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 626-3700.
ventana vineyardS
Located in an old stone ranch house just
minutes from downtown Monterey, the Ventana
tasting room offers a full selection of award-
winning wines. Recommended: Gold Medal
Chardonnays and Rieslings, award-winning
Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. 2999 Highway
68, Monterey. 372-7415.
WineS of CarMel
Paul Stokes and Lynn Sakasegawa, the hus-
band-and-wife team behind Wines of Carmel,
make Chardonnay and Cabernet grown on their
property high in the hills above Carmel Valley.
Small production, careful techniques and a lot
of love go into this truly local wine. Tasting room
locations in Monterey, Carmel and Salinas. For
information, call 659-0750.
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A TASTE OF MONTEREY
This wine visitors’ center pours selections
from more than 70 local wineries. Visitors may
choose from two tastings featuring 15 different
wines each day, and 200 different Monterey
County wines are for sale. A good starting point
for a wine tour of Monterey County. Tour infor-
mation, maps and brochures available. 700
Cannery Row, Monterey, 646-5446; 127 Main
St., Oldtown Salinas, 751-1980.
AG VENTURE TOURS
This tour company offers guided tours of
the Salinas and Carmel valleys highlighting
the county’s rich agricultural and winemaking
legacy. Tours specialize in wine tasting, agricul-
tural education and local history. Full-day tours
include a picnic lunch, wine-tasting fees, and
transportation. 761-8463.
BOUNTIFUL BASKET
This shop sells a variety of local and region-
al wines as well as world vintages. In addition to
daily wine tastings, it also features fine Italian
and Spanish olive oils and vinegars. 3606 The
Barnyard, Suite A13, Carmel. 625-4457.
MONTE VISTA WINES AND
SPIRITS
A wine store with an excellent inventory of
premium wines, Monte Vista offers delivery ser-
vices, as well as discounted prices on cases of
wine. 19 Soledad Dr., Monterey. 375-2135.
PG LIQUORS
This full-service liquor and wine store, locat-
ed in downtown Pacific Grove, delivers in the
local area. Call for details. 225 Grand Ave.,
Pacific Grove. 375-7474.
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2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy (Hwy 68 E)
#10 Monterey, CA 93940
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11am-5pm daily (Oct-May)
11am-6pm (June-Sept)
5 mins from downtown Monterey

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38740 Los Coches Road
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RANCHO CELLARS
Rancho Cellars, located near The Barnyard
shopping center, is a fine-wine merchant stocked
with more than 1,600 premium wines from
around the world. Rancho’s wine-tasting bar,
Cepage, offers weekly tasting events. 26340
Carmel Rancho Blvd., Carmel. 625-5646.
SURF N SAND
A local institution, “Carmel’s Finest Liquor
and Wine Shop” offers friendly assistance
navigating a respectable inventory of premium
wines. Sixth and Junipero, Carmel. 624-1805.
TERRANOVA
This purveyor of fine and rare wines from
around the world is located in the heart of
downtown Monterey and boasts a knowledge-
able, approachable staff. 315 Calle Principal,
Monterey. 333-1313.
WINE FROM THE HEART
This owner-run store removes the intimida-
tion factor from wine by offering a down-to-
earth tasting room designed to suit all comfort
levels. 241 Alvarado St., next to the Portola
Plaza Hotel, Monterey. 641-WINE.
WINE MARKET
The wines are arranged and displayed not
by varietal but by the type of food with which
they are compatible—beef, seafood, dessert,
etc. Whatever your menu, Wine Market offers
a range of appropriate choices established
through more than a decade of food and wine
pairing experience. 192 Country Club Gate
Center, Pacific Grove. 646-0107.
ZEPH’S
Specializing in Monterey County wines,
this laid-back shop at the edge of Salinas
hosts daily tastings and holds regular events
with guest winemakers. 1366 South Main St.,
Salinas. 757-3947.
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Tasting Room
1972 Hobson Avenue, Greenfield
(at Hwy. 101 and Hobson Ave.)
Ph 831 386-0316
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Scheid Vineyards produces
small lot, artisan wines from
our ten estate vineyards in
the heart of Monterey County
wine country.

Visit our tasting rooms to
enjoy our expansive portfolio
of award-winners.
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Join us at our new Cannery Row
location debuting Fall 2008.
831 455-9990

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