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Wine Lover's Guide to Monterey & Carmel

By Viator, April 2018

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With more than 175 vineyards to its name, Monterey County is one of California’s top wine producing areas. The county’s 90-mile-long valley that stretches from the cool north to warm south is comprised of a collection of seven unique appellations and provides a variety of microclimates that support 42 fine wine varietals and a rare diversity of wines.

Many of Monterey County’s wineries have tasting rooms where guests can taste wines and learn about, and sometimes tour, the winery. Usually only a modest fee is charged. The wine trolley tour is a good option if you want to take in several different tasting rooms.

A Taste of Monterey
Located on Cannery Row, one block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, A Taste of Monterey features a rotating selection of wines representing 85 Monterey County wineries. This is a great introduction for someone who is on a tight schedule or cannot drive around and visit the wineries personally. It is set up in a tasting bar style, but you can also order from the menu and take a seat at a table overlooking the bay.

At the relaxed and cozy Morgan tasting room in Carmel, you can sample a variety of reserve and regular Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Syrahs. Wines are reasonably priced and staff are attentive and knowledgeable.

Talbott Vineyards
Beautifully situated in the Santa Lucia Highlands, and with a recently added tasting room in Salinas, Talbott offers tastings of their crisp Chardonnays and fruity Pinot Noirs. You can sip your wine on the patio while admiring the owner’s collection of vintage motorcycles.

Ventana Vineyards
Ventana’s cozy tasting room is set in an attractive location next door to a restaurant and surrounded by pine trees. After sampling the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Muscat, for starters, you can head out onto the patio for a picnic.

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Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour, Monterey & Carmel, null

Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Discover the charming coastal town of Carmel and savor a series of tantalizing food and wine tastings on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Your passionate guide ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Monterey Tasting Priority Pass, Monterey & Carmel, Food Tours

Monterey Tasting Priority Pass

Receive one year's worth of access to exclusive savings and elevated wine-tasting experiences at more than 200 wineries in California. You receive an ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: Flexible

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