With over 175 Monterey, CA vineyards in a 90-mile long valley, the wineries you'll find across Wine Country are best known for their exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In total, the "micro-climates" of Monterey Wine Country produce 42 different varietals. This is accomplished through a "thermal rainbow" within Monterey that creates eight unique wine-growing districts called American Viticultural Areas, each with its own soils, climate, topography, practices and people. Prefer the end result to the process? Tasting rooms abound, especially in the River Road, Carmel Valley and Monterey/Carmel areas.
Are there tours I can take to visit the different vineyards?
While the River Road, Carmel Valley and Monterey/Carmel areas offer easy access to numerous wine tasting rooms, you'll want to leave the driving to someone else if you're indulging. Fortunately, there are numerous tours and transportation providers, ranging from hybrid-ride coach and Uber to hired drivers, and specialized wine tasting, sightseeing, and educational tours, all of which can be customized to your interests.
What are some popular wine tasting rooms?
Cannery Row hosts tasting rooms representing remote Monterey County vineyards like Pierce Ranch, Carmel Ridge and Bargetto Winery. In Downtown Monterey, you'll find A Taste of Monterey, a regional wine market and bistro. Also, on Cannery Row, check out the Wine Experience, where you can create your own blend or enjoy other experiences just for wine lovers.