Monterey County Wine

 

The Monterey County AVA is part of the Central Coast region in California, below San Francisco. Franciscan friars first planted grapes in the area in the 1800s, though those crops of Mission grapes (a.k.a. the Chilean Pais grape) were left to rot as California came into its own from Mexico. It wasn’t till the 1960s that viticulturalist A.J. Winkler at U.C. Davis published a report classifying Monterey County as one of the most climatically suitable regions to grow quality wine grapes. 
 
Things boomed from there with established vineyards choosing Monterey for expansion as well as new, smaller boutique wineries. The northeastern portion of the region near Monterey Bay is the coolest, with conditions well suited to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Moving further up the climate gets warmer, suitable for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. Most of the growing areas benefit from conditions that allow for a long growing season, with long ripening of the grapes which Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Monterey County View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Monterey County

  • Carmel Valley

    The Carmel Valley appellation shares few of the gentle charms of the nearby seaside town of Carme...

  • Chalone

    enjoys one of the finest expressions of terroir anywhere. Distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ...

  • Santa Lucia Highlands

    The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a region within the Monterey district of California’s Central ...

Popular Wineries in Monterey County View all

  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

    Pisoni Vineyards is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain range, 25 mil...

  • Domaine Michaud

    Michaud was 22. The surface area was 5ha and his first harvest was in 1974 . Today he works 12ha...

  • Heller Estate Vineyard

    Overlooking the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley, ("Cachagua" is believed to be an Indian derivat...

  • Viña Casa Marín

    Viña Casa Marín is a family-owned winery located in the San Antonio appellation, only 4 kms. from...

  • Galante Vineyards

    We produce very limited quantities of Estate Bottled 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two single vine...

  • Silvestri vineyards

    Estate winery from Carmel Valley, CA producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Barbera, Pinot Gr...

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Monterey County on Snooth

  • Wente Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    like the burst of berries, but found it a bit too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2011

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    fair balance of tropical fruits and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Estancia Pinot Noir Reserve 2009

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    one of the best wine's we have ever had wow Read More

    Wine review by sugarbear2155


  • Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Elegant peach and green apple nose with hints of butter and lemon spice. Full and rich in the mouth with cool fruit flavors of green apple and pear with lemon zest freshness running throughout and a bit of a tropical note of pineapple towards the finish that's quite zesty and carries a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Agate & Elm Chardonnay 2013

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    Worst chardonnay ever! Tastes like a muscato. If I didn't know any better, I would think it was a mix up, but I don't think that happens. Read More

    Wine review by jack pirtle


  • Hello VV! I hope we can find my comments from Easter on here because I rarely ... Antonio Valley (inland from Monterey county Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shocked Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • Hahn Estates Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2013

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    Wine of the night and at $20 this oozes QPR from start to finish. Why a 92 you ask - stunning depth of fruit, dark cherry, raspberry, full & lush, spice, earthiness, mocha, moderate tannins and well balanced acidity give this a mouth watering, long lasting aftertaste. Excellent wine! Drink or hold - Paul 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hahn Estates Grenache Gsm 2013

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    Wine review by eyetalian


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