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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Bernardus Winery & Vineyard

    The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. ...

  • Smith & Hook

    The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all...

  • Silvestri vineyards

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

  • Paraiso Vineyards

    The rugged Santa Lucia Mountains frame Monterey's County's fertile Salinas Valley on the west, se...

  • Figge Cellars

    Figge is the brainchild and ;ife's work of winegrower Peter Figge, who flung the doors of the win...

  • Krutz Family Cellars

    I guess it all started in 1990 when my folks stumbled into The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA. Had th...

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Monterey County on Snooth

  • Line Shack Pettie Sirah 2014

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Matetic Corralillo Syrah 2006

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    This wine was a ridiculous bargain. It was originally a $15-20 wine several years ago, and one of my local shops somehow got a case of it that they were selling for $5 a bottle. I might have been concerned that it was over the hill, but the color was great, and it had a fair degree of sediment indicating a wine made with minimal intervention. ... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown 2014

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    cool, mild nose; sweet with notes of vanilla oak; heartwarming! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Novy Family Wines Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2010

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    Definitely one of the best twist offs I've had the pleasure of aging. Full bodied, deep dark fruit, complimented by a lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Angeline Chardonnay Reserve Monterey County 2015

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    Sweet spice and creamy caramel notes open on the nose for hints of lemon and green apple, peach and vanilla creamsicle. Tart and citrusy in the mouth, with lemon curd and fresh green apple notes, bright acidity and a creamy, oaky finish that carries a touch of melon and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Seco Reserve Zanetta Vineyard 2009

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    Wine review by ralbano


  • Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Pure, floral, fresh and fruity on the nose, this is very cherry noted and inviting. On the palate this continues to show excellent purity of fruit, expressing an elegant and delicate but assertive cherry note that's classic Pinot but also a pleasant herbal earthiness supporting the fruit and adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and approac... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • While going through my grandmother's basement, we found 2 cases of wine. ... and the second, Paul Masson Monterey County Chardonnay 1978 (Second Bottling). I've not been able to find anything out about the latter. I am not a Chardonnay drinker, but was wondering what, if any, value there was ~ 40 years later for the Paul Masson - or should it ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 1978 Wines Found


  • Talbott Chardonnay Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

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    Oak spice, buttery vanilla and warm baked apple aromas on the nose with floral clover honey notes and a hint of peach. A bit greener on the palate with ripe melon and green apple notes, a tart acidity with some lime zest appearing towards a creamy, yet dusty, finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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    Big wine - bold berry notes, pepper and gamey notes, with spice and sage, a touch of chocolate and a healthy dose of tannins this built for aging. Drink or hold - 93 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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