Approximately 85 vintners and growers call Monterey Wine Country “home”. Monterey County’s lifestyle and wines are defined by the cooling influence of the ocean and especially of Monterey Bay and its very deep marine canyon, whose immensity and depth have earned it the nickname, “The Blue Grand Canyon™.”

The region is a unique place to visit – many of the Monterey County wineries have tasting rooms open to the public. These tasting rooms provide a relaxed atmosphere where guests receive knowledgeable, personal attention while tasting wines and learning about the winery. Several wineries also offer tours of their facilities where one can learn about the winemaking process.

Bargetto Winery
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Our family invites you to taste our award-winning wines and experience the long tradition and dramatic beauty of this internationally-acclaimed appellation.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Port, Dessert Wine, Muscat Canelli, Dolcetto
Hours: Daily Noon - 5pm
Tasting Fee: $5/pp or $10/pp for reserve wines
Phone: 831-475-2258
Address: 3535 N Main St
City: Soquel
Bluxome Street Winery
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We love wine. A very particular kind of wine—one that speaks to its roots while lending itself smashingly to food—fruit bombs be damned.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc
Hours: Tue - Sun Noon to 7pm
Phone: 415-543-5353
Address: 53 Bluxome Street
City: San Francisco
Boekenoogen Vineyard & Winery
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Family owned and operated, Boekenoogen Vineyards and Winery may be new to the wine world but their family roots run deep! Boekenoogen Vineyard and Winery is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier
Hours: Daily 11am - 5pm
Tasting Fee: $5/pp - $10/pp
Phone: 831-659-8828
Address: 24 W. Carmel Valley Road
City: Carmel Valley
Calera Wines
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Calera is a vision, and Calera’s wines truly express the sense of place. Rather than follow the recommended path, Josh Jensen became a pioneer in search of the perfect spot on the globe to grow grapes.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Aligote, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier
Features: Pet Friendly, Winery Tours
Hours: Daily 11am - 4:30pm
Tasting Fee: $10/p (waived with $50 purchase)
Phone: 831 637 9170
Address: 11300 Cienega Road
City: Hollister
Carmel Ridge Winery
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In both our winemaking and our approach to growing the grapes, we intervene as little as possible with the natural rhythm of the grapes."

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah
Features: Bed & Breakfast, Gift Shop
Hours: Daily Noon - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $5/pp - $10/pp
Phone: 831-324-0035
Address: 700 Cannery Row
City: Monterey
Chateau Sinnet Vineyards
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In the Highland Valley of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, lies Château Sinnet's Jolon Vineyards.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Blend, Rosé, Blush, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Sparkling Wine
Features: Gift Shop
Hours: Daily Noon - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $7.50/pp
Phone: 831-659-0360
Address: 13746 Center Street
City: Carmel Valley
Dawn’s Dream Wine Tasting Room
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Whether you are out with a group of friends or your main squeeze, Dawn's Dream is the perfect getaway spot for exuberant or intimate gatherings where everyone--even your dog--is welcome.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Bordeaux Blend, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Red Meritage Blend, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Features: Pet Friendly
Hours: Daily 1pm - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $10/pp
Phone: 831-659-2649
Address: 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Ste. G
City: Carmel Valley
De Tierra Vineyards
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De Tierra Vineyard is a family-owned and operated winery producing handcrafted, award-winning wines from the Monterey County.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Bordeaux Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah
Hours: Tue - Thu 2pm - 8pm, Fri - Sun 12pm - 8pm
Phone: 831-622-9704
Address: Mission & Fifth
City: Carmel By The Sea
DeRose Vineyards
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DeRose Vineyards produces award-winning zinfandel, negrette, cabernet franc and viognier. Every bottle shows depth, intensity and true varietal character.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Négrette, Red Blend, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Viognier
Hours: Sat - Sun 11am - 4pm
Phone: 831-636-9143
Address: 9970 Cienega Road
City: Hollister
Enz Vineyards
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Although Enz is fairly close to Monterey Bay, the vineyard elevation site above the fog line and the steep valley walls create a warm microclimate ideal for Mourvedre.

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Wines/Liquors Produced: Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
Hours: Sat - Sun 1pm - 4pm
Phone: (831) 637-3956
Address: 1781 Limekiln Rd
City: Hollister

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