The sprawling 15 acre property is just a few miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea, along Carmel Valley Road, in a majestic white Chateau that looks like it’s straight out of France's Loire Valley.
The colorful rose laden entrance welcomes you into this grown-up fantasyland. From the parking lot, a winding path leads between fragrant flowers and stately trees to the expansive outdoor courtyard. This isn't just a wine tasting; it's a wine experience.
If you happen to like stuffy and haughty wine tasting environments, then this place is not for you. Folktale prides itself on creating a friendly vibe and kick-back surroundings, inviting guests to let their hair down and “hangout” in their absolutely gorgeous setting.
The wine tasting menu generally starts with a sparkling brut and features a mix of whites and reds for $20 per person. Head winemaker David Baird has done a fantastic job with Folktale’s line-up including a Chardonnay, Rosé and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is a standout with hints of vanilla and butterscotch.
What’s wine without cheese and charcuterie? Folktale sources fantastic small bites from local, sustainable vendors including The Cheese Shop, Salumeria Luca, Lafayette Bakery and Monterey Meringues. In my opinion, their stellar cheese board pairs perfectly with any wine tasting.
The best part is that guests are encouraged to take their appetizers and aperitifs out of the tasting room and on to their expansive seating areas; might I suggest their sprawling garden courtyard?
Tours & Entertainment
Learn about the wine making process, stroll through bountiful vineyards, taste grapes directly from the vine and view the exclusive barrel and cellar rooms on a Folktale Wine Tour. 45-minute tours are $15 per person and are available by request.
Folktale also features great local musicians every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In additions, they host events like movie nights, concerts, and special dinners set in the vineyard. Click here to view the complete events calendar.
An Event Venue Like None Other
Have a special event coming up? Folktale Winery & Vineyards has a nook and cranny to suite any party size and celebration. Whether you opt for the romantic garden courtyard, awe-inspiring barrel room, or whimsical vineyards you are sure to have your guests leaving with a lasting impression.
Folktale Winery & Vineyards is open daily from 11am-8pm.