Paraiso Vineyards in Salinas Valley

Paraiso Vineyards in Salinas Valley

Wineries

Monterey County is the one of the largest wine growing and producing regions in California which is onWine Enthusiast Logoe of the reasons why it was named as one of 2013's "Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations" in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Wine grapes were first introduced in Monterey County well over 200 years ago by the Franciscan Friars near the Soledad Mission in southern Monterey County. They discovered early that the county's climate, featuring midday heat tempered by morning and late-afternoon fog, was perfect for developing the intense fruit character winemakers revere.

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 unique microclimates created by the Blue Grand Canyon have led to ten distinct wine appellations in Monterey County. The rich diversity of growing conditions is reflected by the astounding 42 varietals grown here.

Monterey County Wine Country

Commercial wineries flourished in Monterey beginning in the 1960s. Over time, certain areas of Monterey County have been found to have their own distinct characteristics. Within Monterey County, there are now eight smaller AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), each one with its own unique identity, giving visitors a chance to compare and contrast the types of wine each produces.

Today, approximately 85 vintners and growers are established throughout Monterey County, between them growing over 40,000 acres of wine grapes. Tour the wineries and tasting rooms with the Wine Map provided by the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association.  

Monterey County Wine Events

In such an active wine-growing region, wine events of course abound. Some events include the Monterey Wine Festival in June and the Winemakers' Celebration in August. See our overview of Monterey County's most established annual wine events for more information.

 

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Taste Morgan

204 Crossroads Boulevard , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 626-3700
Taste the latest Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines in a relaxed atmosphere while browsing the unique selection of wine oriented merchandise. With more than thirty years experience, Dan Lee and the... more

A Taste of Monterey- Wine Market & Bistro

700 Cannery Row Ste KK 2nd Floor , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 646-5446
Fax  (831) 375-0835
This regional wine market and bistro is Cannery Row's 2nd largest attraction and is a must see when in Monterey. We invite you to come in and discover the culinary delights of Monterey Wine Country.... more

Ag Venture Tours

PO Box 2634 , Monterey, CA 93942
Phone  (831) 761-8463
Fax  (831) 761-5461
Ag Venture Tours & Consulting specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and agricultural education tours of the Monterey Bay region of California. Wine tasting tours visit the Monterey Wine Country... more

Bernardus Vineyards and Winery

5 West Carmel Valley Road , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 298-8021
Fax  (831) 659-1676
The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. Our Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine is the centerpiece of Ben Pon's dream. It is complemented by... more

Caraccioli Cellars

Dolores between Ocean and Seventh , Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
Phone  (831) 622-7722
A family run establishment proud to go extra lengths to ensure the best tasting and distinctive wines. more

Carmel Ridge Winery

700 Cannery Row Suite C , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 324-0035
Located centrally on historic Cannery Row, Carmel Ridge Winery offers wonderfully crafted artisan wines to the majestic backdrop of the Monterey Bay. more

Chateau Julien Wine Estate

8940 Carmel Valley Road , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 624-2600
Fax  (831) 250-6138
Château Julien Wine Estate is located on 16 acres in Carmel Valley, California. The winery boasts breathtaking vistas of the lush green valley surrounded by the majestic Carmel Valley Mountains. As... more

Cima Collina

19 E Carmel Valley Rd , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 620-0645
Located in the bucolic hills of Carmel Valley, just 20 minutes from the downtown Monterey Peninsula, Cima Collina is a boutique winery showcasing wines from small, responsibly-farmed vineyards in... more

Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery

19 East Carmel Valley Rd
Ste C , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 659-2640
Experience unique characteristics of five estate grown, produced, and bottled varietals that Holman Ranch offers as you enjoy their welcome setting and knowledgeable staff. more

Joullian Vineyards

Two Village Drive , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 659-8100
Fax  (831) 659-8280
Planted in 1984, the Joullian Family’s exquisite Estate grown Carmel Valley Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and the Valley’s first Zinfandel are prized by collectors around the world. more

Joyce Vineyards

19 East Carmel Valley Road , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 659-2885
In 1987 a small planting derived from European plant cuttings pirated by Francis Joyce and planted on a sloped hillside was our first roots in Monterey county wine country. Since then a partnership... more

Manzoni Cellars

San Carlos between Ocean and 7th , Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
Phone  (831) 620-6541
Manzoni Cellars located in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea brings you Artisan Hand Crafted Wines from the Santa Lucia Highland Appellation located here in Monterey County. Stop by the cozy tasting room... more

McIntyre Vineyards

169 Crossroads Blvd , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 626-6268

Napoli Wine Bar

Dolores Street and 7th Avenue , Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone  (831) 626-7373
Fax  (831) 626-8889
Vino Napoli is the wine bar, wine shop and tasting room located next door to Little Napoli.  The wines featured are specially selected from partners and close friends.  more

Paraiso Vineyards

38060 Paraiso Springs Road , Soledad, CA 93960
Phone  (831) 678-0300
Fax  (831) 678-2584
Owned and managed by three generations of the Smith family. The estate vineyard is the first in the region to be SIPTM Certified Sustainable. more

Pierce Ranch Vineyards

499 Wave Street , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 372-8900
Fax  (831) 372-9019
Small, family-owned operation. Producing limited-run, estate-grown wines with an emphasis on Spanish and Portuguese varieties. more
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