Three Areas From Which To Base Your Wine Tour
Monterey County wineries can be divided up into three sections: Monterey, Carmel Valley and Salinas (including points south along the 101). This listing will help you plan your wine country tour. The following are tasting rooms of Monterey County wineries, which are not always necessarily located at the winery or vineyards.
Monterey is most well known for Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The downtown has a walking tour of historic buildings. A few wine tasting rooms are conveniently located right on Cannery Row.
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A Taste of Monterey
700 Cannery Row, Ste. KK, Monterey
Very nice tasting room and gift shop located upstairs in Cannery Row. Little tables and chairs where you can sit and sip and enjoy the view of Monterey Bay.
700-L Cannery Row, Monterey
381 Cannery Row, Suite C, Monterey
Silver Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room
381 Cannery Row, Suite Q, Monterey
Daily until 6
2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., #10, Monterey
5 minutes from the airport
Also a new tasting room at the winery in Soledad (see below)
Daily 11-5, summer 11-6
Several Monterey County wineries are found in the Carmel Valley area, a bit out of the way, but well worth the drive, especially as a side trip from Monterey or Carmel, if that’s where you are staying.
A short drive inland from unbelievably charming Carmel-by-the-Sea is Carmel Valley, a small, almost rural village in the hills. Along the way is Garland Regional Park, a beautiful place to hike and explore. Up in the village are some fine eating establishments where you can get some lunch, and some wine tasting rooms to visit. Others are further outside of town.
A relaxing way to go wine tasting in Carmel Valley is to take the Grapevine Express wine tour bus. You can pick it up at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and for about $4.50, it will take you to Carmel Valley Village. Call 888-678-2871 to find out more.
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Bernardus Vineyards and Winery
5 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
Tasting fee $5. Reserve tasting $10 includes wine charm.
Chateau Julien Wine Estate
8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
Call to reserve a complimentary tour.
Mon-Fri 10:30 and 2:30, Sat & Sun 12:30 and 2:30
Wine tasting Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat & Sun 11-5
18181 Cachagua Rd., Carmel Valley
Tours and tasting Mon-Sat 11-3 by appointment only
4 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley
69 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley
Mon-Thurs 11-5:30, Fri-Sun 11-6
2 Village Dr., Suite A, Carmel Valley
Daily 11-5, Closed major holidays.
204 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel
Winetasting at Taste Morgan, their Carmel Visitor’s Center at the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Village, at Highway 1.
530 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
Sunny garden patio.
Salinas And Points South
Along the Highway 101 corridor, you’ll find some more Monterey County wineries. The agricultural heritage of the Salinas Valley has been immortalized by writer John Steinbeck. The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is located on the range facing southeast overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Most grapes planted in these vineyards are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but there are also some Syrah and Rhone varietals.
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More Monterey County wineries are popping up here and there in amongst the farms. In addition to tasting wine at any of these, you may want to stop in at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to learn more about Steinbeck’s work and the Salinas Valley.
A Taste of Monterey/Salinas Wine Cellar & Tasting Room
127 Main Street, Salinas
Next to National Steinbeck Center.
Highway 146 & Stonewall Canyon Rd., Soledad
Sat & Sun 11-4, weekdays by appointment.
The Chalone winery has the oldest producing vineyard in the county.
1645 River Rd., Salinas
Mon-Thurs 11-4, Fri-Sun 11-5
Hahn Estates / Smith & Hook Winery
37700 Foothill Road, Soledad
38060 Paraiso Springs Road, Soledad
Mon-Fri 12-4, Sat & Sun 11-5
1972 Hobson Avenue, Greenfield
Weekdays 12-4, Weekends 11-5
Great views over valley.
38740 Los Coches Road, Soledad
Complementary wine tasting (a rarity these days!)
Also has a tasting room in Monterey (see Monterey section above)
35801 Foothill Road, Soledad
Views of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Salinas Valley. Custom tasting experiences available.