Three Perfect Days of Wine Tasting in Monterey Wine Country™

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Monterey Wine Country has a wide variety of tasting rooms that will fill your Three Perfect Days of tasting. From the oceanside tasting rooms in Monterey and Carmel, to the sunny countryside feel of Carmel Valley, to the sweeping vineyard views of the Salinas Valley – we promise that you will find a variety of wines to satisfy your palate! Who knows, you might discover your next favorite bottle!

Tasting Route 1: Coastal Connoisseur

Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea

Enjoy the coastal charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the historic legacy of Monterey! Start off the day with a walk on the Monterey Recreation Trail that stretches along the Monterey Bay before stopping into one of several tasting rooms nestled between the bustling businesses of the Cannery Row area of Monterey.

Later in the day, make your way over to Carmel-by-the-Sea and visit several of the 15 tasting rooms located in the quaint village. Enjoy walking along streets lined with small cottages and charming shops before heading down to the beach to catch a picturesque sunset on Carmel’s white sand beach.

Visit these wineries and tasting rooms:

  • Roadhouse Wine Bar   2999 Salinas Highway, Monterey
  • Carmel Ridge   700 Cannery Row, C, Monterey
  • Taste of Monterey   700 Cannery Row, KK, Monterey
  • Pierce Ranch Vineyards   499 Wave Street, Monterey
  • The Wine Experience   381 Cannery Row, Monterey
  • DeTierra Vineyards   Mission St. and 5th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Windy Oaks Estate   Dolores between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Carmel Road   Lincoln between Ocean & 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Hahn Family Wines   Carmel Plaza, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Wrath   Carmel Plaza, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Shale Canyon   San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Scheid Vineyards   San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Silvestri Vineyards   Seventh between San Carlos and Dolores, Carmel -by-the-Sea
  • Trio Carmel   Dolores between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Caraccioli Cellars   Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Tasting Route 2: Country Charm

Carmel Valley

Head inland towards the sunshine of Carmel Valley! Just a short 15-minute drive from Carmel, Carmel Valley offers a wide selection of wine tasting rooms all within walking distance. Spend the day touring and tasting wine on outdoor patios and enjoy fresh a fresh lunch at any one of the several restaurants.

Visit these wineries and tasting rooms:

  • I. Brand & Family   19 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Windy Oaks Estate   19 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Joyce Vineyards   1 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Testarossa Winery   1 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Bernardus Winery   5 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Holman Ranch Vineyards & Jarman Wines   18 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Big Sur Vineyards   3 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley
  • Talbott Vineyards   25 Pilot Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Heller Estate Organic Vineyards   69 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
  • Folktale Winery & Vineyards   8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel

Tasting Route 3: Vineyard Ventures

Salinas Valley

Get out among the vines in the gorgeous Salinas Valley where the heart of Monterey Wine Country resides. With thousands of acres of vineyards and several winery facilities nestled at the base of the Santa Lucia and Gabilan mountains, this is a quintessential wine country experience not to be missed. We recommend packing a picnic lunch and spending the day winding down River Road visiting wine tasting rooms and stopping at one of several locations that offer a panoramic view of the valley for a lunch time snack.

Visit these wineries and tasting rooms:

  • Odonata Wines   645 River Rd, Salinas
  • Puma Road Winery   32071 River Rd, Soledad
  • Pessagno Winery   1645 River Rd, Salinas
  • Hahn Family Wines   37700 Foothill Rd, Soledad
  • Wrath Wines   35801 Foothill Rd, Soledad
  • Smith Family Wines   38060 Paraiso Springs Rd, Soledad
  • Chalone Vineyard   32020 Stonewall Canyon Rd, Soledad
  • Scheid Vineyards   1972 Hobson Ave, Greenfield

For a full description of tasting rooms, area maps, and suggestions on where to stop on your trip visit click here.

No need to fly into or out of Bay area airports and sit on the road for several hours. When you fly into Monterey Regional Airport you can be at any one of these tasting rooms or vineyards in a matter of minutes to start your wine tasting experience right away. To see what airlines fly into MRY and check flight availability click here.

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