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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  • 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

  • Heller Estate Vineyard

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

  • RiverStone Estate Wines

    Situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley on the banks of the Yarra River at Coldstream, RiverSt...

  • Silvestri vineyards

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

  • Domaine Michaud

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

  • Seawind Wines

    Seawind Wines is a journey of discovery. To discover grapes that ripen with optimum flavor, bala...

  • Hahn Estates and Smith & Hook

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

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Monterey County on Snooth

  • Hahn Meritage 2009

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    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Just got back from a wine-centric trip to Paso Robles and Monterey County.  We've been to Paso a number of times and belong to two wine clubs - Tablas Creek and Adelaida.  This was our first visit to Carmel/Pacific Grove to check out what they have to offer.I made a few appointments and we dropped in to quite a few more tasting rooms.In Paso, Ta... Read More

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  • Hahn Estate Slh Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

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    Cool and crisp floral peach and white grape aromas with tea leaf and vanilla spice. Juicy and full bodied on the palate with a creamy texture and fruit notes of green apple, lemon and pear with a zesty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

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    Cool, clean green melon and green apple aromas with white blossom and peach notes and a touch of honeyed cream. Tart and focused on entry with a creamy palate of vanilla tangerine and green apple notes, a touch of pear, dried apricot and a generous oak spice on the finish.89 pts Read More

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  • Hahn Estate Slh Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

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    Spiced heat and mixed berry aromas with a tart red fruit note and fresh earth on the nose. Berry, cherry and vanilla bean on the palate, somewhat tart with resinous pine and smoky root flavors and a long finish of plum and tart cranberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay Monterey County 2015

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    Cool green apple and lemon aromas with a crisp sea breeze freshness. Medium full in the mouth with more apple and peach flavors, a tart acidity and a zesty citrus pith note with some spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Well, no Zinfandel today, as I stopped for oysters on the half-shell after a ... ... of Chardonnay from Monterey County (CA) and it was very nice.  Four types of oysters from the east coast, plus the bread they serve and I was done.  I'm on a diet of sorts before I pig out over Christma Read More

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  • Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2015

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    Modern in style and well balanced. Developed nicely with some air. I like it and think it was best served pre food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Congress Springs Pinot Noir 2013

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    Medium intensity ruby-red color with light golden brown rim. Discreet sweet flowers and yummy cranberry jelly nose with lightly toasted wood. Medium body silky-smooth taste of raspberry, cranberry and something wide at background, kind of peel of rye bread... Bright long aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Bridlewood Pinot Noir Monterey County 2014

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    Pleasant, unassuming cherry and raspberry aromas. Cherry flavors and good acidity on the palate with a touch of earth and a finish that's a bit spiky with more than a little tar, almost overwhelming the fruit but finishing with some dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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