Tucked away just 12 short miles from Highway One in Carmel, California, is Carmel Valley. Home to some of the region’s finest boutique wineries, Carmel Valley is a hidden gem. One of the eight smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the larger Monterey County appellation, Carmel Valley is the perfect region for grape growing, in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and even Sauvignon Blanc. Its location among the Santa Lucia Mountains creates an idyllic setting; boasting hot summer sun and a cool, foggy winter.
Joyce Vineyards, Carmel Valley
Currently over 20 tastings rooms call Carmel Valley home including: Folktale Winery, Bernardus Winery, Cima Colina, Joyce Vineyards, Galante Vineyards, Talbott Tasting Room, Heller Estate Organic Vineyards, Georis Winery and many more. For a complete list, visit http://www.montereywines.org/tasting-rooms/.
With transportation and tours available, a day spent in Carmel Valley allows you to experience world class wines in a rural, peaceful setting. Known for being one of the sunniest spots on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley boasts amazing restaurants, boutiques, galleries and even features an olive oil tasting room.
View of Carmel Valley Village, photo courtesy of Joyce Vineyards
Download a self-guided tour via the Monterey County Visitors & Convention Bureau (MCCVB) at http://www.seemonterey.com/food-wine/wineries/carmel-valley-wineries/ or book a tour via the MST Grapevine Express or take the Wine Trolley, which picks up near the Portola Hotel & Spa at the Wharf Marketplace. If you are looking for a private car to tour the valley, the concierge desk at the Portola Hotel is a great place to start.
Helpful resources for planning your Monterey County wine tasting adventure in addition to the concierge desk at the Portola Hotel, include the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce or the MCCVB.
Please drink responsibly!