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Monterey Wineries

Warm weather, cooling fogs, and fresh breezes add up to perfect conditions for growing good grapes. 

The Monterey wine industry began some 200 years ago, when Franciscan friars at Mission Soledad planted a crop of wine grapes. Monterey wine, however, was not produced on a commercial level until 1970.  Today those humble Franciscan friar beginnings have grown to more than 45,000 acres of vineyards, most of which are owned by some of the largest wine producers in California. 

Wine tasting around Carmel and Monterey is a great way to see the countyWine tours of the Monterey wine region are available, or you can simply create your own self-guided wine tour. Many of the wineries of Monterey County are spread out over a large area. Our wine tours will take you to some of the more popular wineries of the Monterey wine country and will allow you to visit Mission Soledad, where it all started. 

At lastest count, there are approximately 175 vineyards in Monterey County producing 42 varietals, and 85 bonded wineries. Most of these wineries are open to the public for wine tasting and education on the process of winemaking. In the nearby Monterey Peninsula and Carmel regions alone, there are about 25 tasting rooms to chose from.

A Monterey wine tasting tour offers something for everyone. There are 400-acre estates where you can taste Monterey wine and enjoy your picnic while viewing the spectacular scenery of Salinas Valley. There are smaller 16-acre wineries with gardens and cobble stoned courtyards. There is even a 700-acre vineyard complete with roses and grazing cattle. 

In addition to the wine tasting, there are annual events, such as the Winemakers Celebration, which showcase gourmet food and Monterey wine. Monterey Wineries

The majority of the wine grapes grown in Monterey wine country are Chardonnay. These grapes are even sent to wineries outside the county for processing. There are also many fine wineries in the area that are known for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Muscat.  

Many of the Monterey wineries offer wine tasting by appointment, so you may want to call prior to your arrival; and, of course, remember to designate a driver for your Monterey wine tour. 

Where you go Coastal Monterey and South East of Carmel into the Carmel Valley.

What you do Savor the Monterey County Wine experience.

When to go Anytime, most wine tasting rooms are open all day. Check their website or look for the Monterey Wines brochure in hotel racks for latest information.

Pictures courtesy of Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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