Wine Tasting Tours in Carmel and Monterey
Interested in literally tasting the jaw-dropping scenery of the Carmel/Monterey coastline—from rugged mountains to wave-caressed coves? Savor one of Monterey County’s world-class wines: The flavor springs from the landscape, concocted out of the region’s one-of-a-kind terroir. Our romantic Carmel hotels are just steps away from some great wine.
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Carmel Valley - a Premier Wine Destination
A mild Mediterranean climate—blessed with equal shares of warm sun and cooling marine fog—explains much of the diversity and productivity of Monterey County’s vineyards. Since the 1960s, vintners have reveled in the ideal grape-growing conditions in the coastal hills. Today, an impressive eight American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) pepper the area—reflective of the varied microenvironments here—and scores of growers produce 42 varietals from 40,000 acres of vineyards.
With that sort of production, it’s no surprise Monterey County has become a globally renowned wine-growing and wine-tourism hub. In 2013, Wine Enthusiast Magazine even ranked the county one of the top 10 travel destinations on the planet for wine lovers.
Visiting Carmel and Monterey Wineries
Each Monterey County winery is its own magical embodiment of the physical setting. As an example, consider the stunningly beautiful Chateau Julien Wine Estate, exquisitely set in the hills along Carmel Valley Road about five miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea. You’ll be amazed by the elegance of Bob and Patty Brower’s 16 acres, anchored by the grand Chateau itself—complete with a roaring fireplace and an 18-foot tasting table fashioned from mahogany. Chateau Julien offers daily tastings and also accommodates private events.
Visiting multiple wineries is a pleasant way to spend a day in the Monterey countryside; it's also an ideal means of surveying the full breadth of the region's growing zones and terroir patterns.
Annual Wine Festivals
Beyond dropping by individual wineries for tastings, Monterey County hosts organized large-scale viticultural events. In early June, the Monterey Wine Festival—the oldest in the state—showcases the full array of the region’s wines as well as plenty of fantastic cuisine produced by regional chefs. Later in the summer is the Winemakers’ Celebration, which features more opportunities to interface directly with local vintners while sipping their vintages.
All in all, our coast is an absolute wine hotspot—why not drink in the scenery in more ways than one?
Create Your Own Carmel Wine Tasting Tour
Create your own Carmel wine tasting tours. View the map below. Take a walk into town and taste local and international wines. Below the map, you can read descriptions of the local Carmel shops that provide wine tasting amonst their other goodies.
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There are several wine tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea. View each location’s map or create your own Carmel wine tasting rooms tour.
Southern Latitudes Wines
On Lincoln Street between Ocean and 6th
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Southern Latitudes features wines from Australia, Aregentina, Chili, and South Africa. The owners were inspired to open a shop after falling in love with local wine on a trip to Australia.
On Dolores Street between Ocean and 7th
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The Caraccioli family were influenced by the love of wine and wine making of their Swiss-Italian grandfather. Gary, brother Phil, and their Uncle Jim began the successful winery in 2006 with the vision of creating unique wines that were not being produced in the area. Currently, the vintners produce Brut Cuvee, Brut Rose, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room
7th and San Carlos
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Another family-owned winery, Scheid Vineyeards has been making wine in the area since 1972. First known as the Monterey Farming Corporation, Al Scheid has been active in wine grape growing in California since the early 70s. He was a founder of the California Association of Wine Grape Growers (1974) and the Monterey Country Vintner and Grower’s Association (1975). The winery produces a solid range of wines including reds, whites, reserve and dessert wines.
The Galante family’s roots stretch back to the very beginnings of the town of Carmel. J.F. Devendorf, Jack Galante’s grandfather, was the founder of the town of Carmel. In the early 60s, the family were cattle ranchers in Carmel Valley and in 1983 started growing premium grapes while continuing the ranching operation. In ’94, Jack Galante built the winery, producing premium estate wines. The winery has become a respected and leading producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in Monterey County and California.
Tudor Wines is a family owned and operated vineyard that uses traditional methods to make fine wines. Small-batch fermentations are hand-mixed and aged in French barrels. The Tudor family has been making wine in California since the early 1900s. The family’s roots in wine making are in Croatia, where they made wine for hundreds of years.
Bob and Patty Brower began the winery in 1982. The winery’s first releases were Chardonnay and Merlot. Merlot has become the star varietal of the vintner’s production. Visit Chateau Julien for tours and tasting and don’t forget to visit their online store.
This quaint little shop and gallery offers a variety of Monterey County wines and other delectables including infused balsamic vinegar and premium extra-virgin olive oils. The shop’s gallery of fine art exhibits the works of local and international artists. Visit the tasting table and check out their gift packs – take some memories of Carmel and Monterey back home.
If you enjoy cheese and wine, you won’t find a better stop to quench your thirst and hunger than The Cheese Shop. The store carries local and international cheeses and wine. Walking into the shop and seeing the cheeses is like walking into the past. Tasty rounds and wedges and rich aromas that make the mouth water await you. Other great gifts and tasty snacks such as sauces, caviars, crackers, jams, coffees, teas and chocolate, make this shop a must see (and taste) stop while you are visiting Carmel.
Silvestri Vineyards is owned and operated by Alan and Sandra Silvestri. They began planting the vineyards in 1998 and the first grapes were harvested in 2003. The vineyard now produces an array of fine wines for many tastes including Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, Rose, and Barbera. Visit their online store and be sure to stop by their Carmel tasting room.
Ray Fransciosi is a third-generation Monterey County wine grape grower and vintner. Not only does the vineyard provide grapes to leading industry producers, it also produces its own releases: Puma Road, Pedegral, and Lilia. Visit the website to buy wine online, or drop by the Carmel