WINERIES & Tasting Rooms

Monterey County was named as one of 2013's "Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations" in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and for good reason. It’s one of the largest wine growing and producing regions in California made famous by unique microclimates and diverse growing conditions that produce 42 varietals.

The secret to Monterey's viticultural success is the "Blue Grand Canyon," the deep marine canyon located in Monterey Bay. The cold, deep waters of Monterey Bay bring fog and moderate temperatures to the area throughout the growing season, and infuse every drop of Monterey County's wine with an impressive style and structure.

The Franciscan Friars first introduced wine grapes in Monterey County near the Soledad Mission in southern Monterey County more than 200 years ago. Commercial wineries eventually flourished in Monterey beginning in the 1960s. Today, some 85 vintners and growers tend to over 40,000 acres of wine grapes.

Wine lovers can tour the wineries and sample the tasting rooms with the Wine Map provided by the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association. Or spend more time getting to know local wines and winemakers during events like the Winemakers' Celebration in May. See our overview of Monterey County's most established annual wine events for more information.

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