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Wine Tasting, Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley , California
www.montereywines.org

Bernardus

5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 888 648 9463

www.bernardus.com

Heller Estate

69 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 6220

www.hellerestate.com

Talbott Vineyards

53 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 3500

www.talbottvineyards.com

Joullian

2 Village Drive Suite A
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 8100

www.joullian.com

Chateau Sinnet

13746 Center St
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 2244

chateausinnet.virtualave.net

Georis

4 Pilot Rd
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 1050

www.georiswine.com

Château Julien Wine Estate

8940 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley , California
93923
Tel: 831 624 2600

www.chateaujulien.com
Concierge.com's insider take:

If you can't swing a trip to Napa during your visit to northern California, don't sweat it: Monterey County produces some damn good wines. The cool and foggy coastal regions yield fine pinot noir; the inland valleys produce excellent heat-loving varietals like cabernet and chardonnay. Since the county is huge—3,322 square miles compared with Napa's 754—and the 75 wineries here are far apart, maximize your wine-tasting time by visiting the très civilized Carmel Valley Village. Tasting rooms here are spread across five blocks; park your car and you can walk between many of them along Carmel Valley Road. Among the wineries represented are Bernardus, famous for its stellar Bordeaux blends; Heller Estate, which makes excellent certified-organic reds; Talbott Vineyards, known for top-notch chardonnays across the board; Joullian, known for its sauvignon blanc and zinfandel; and Chateau Sinnet, which makes sparkling wine—a rarity in Monterey County—and also some heady dessert wines. But the prettiest is Georis, where you can sample merlot in a lush outdoor garden. To visit an actual winery, head to lovely Château Julien Wine Estate, where you can take a crash course in winemaking and sample some respectable reds. Tours are free but require reservations.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.