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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Silvestri vineyards

    Estate winery from Carmel Valley, CA producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Pino...

  • Domaine Michaud

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

  • Morgan Winery

    Morgan Winery is family owned and operated since 1982 and is committed to making refined wines fr...

  • Krutz Family Cellars

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

  • Hahn Estates and Smith & Hook

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

  • Georis Winery

    Georis Winery grows, produces and bottles only the finest Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. You are ...

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Monterey County on Snooth

  • J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2011

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    Dark and distinguished color in the glass. Light purple fruits break apart on the palate, scattering a strawberry pink-fruit essence. Lots of heat on the front and back palate with a distinct overlay of blackberry and cherry notes. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX ... ... down at the south end of Monterey County/Salinas Valley.  I've had all-Graciano Rioja from Spain.  Oz Clarke thinks Graciano is the best grape of Rioja, but it's difficult to grow and lost ground to Tempranillo, which isn't a bad grape, either.  This was tarter t... Read More

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  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for ... ... Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offer... Read More

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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2011

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2012

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    The best show for me in the past 9 months. Siduri did the work, & I fed the people.Pommard,Burgundy mouth-feel & Raspberries. Burgundy is found in this classic and legendary product.Enjoyed this Burgundy and appreciated the opportunity. Thanks Adam, Bob, Anthony and Barolo Guests.All back and Raspberries are found in this SL Highlands Pinot Noi... Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    Pretty decent, middle of the road chardonnay, just right for a mid week drinker. This has some, but not a lot of oak, butter, creme brulee and soft lemon pith. Fair acidity and medium to short finish. Decent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Very nice, easy drinking chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. More on the fruit side with ripe peach, creamy lemon, a hint of honeysuckle, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Buttery, spicy, tropical and vanilla notes. Rich, viscous mouthfeel. Passionfruit. pineapple, guava, banana. Big, opulent. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Excellent chard from Santa Lucia Highlands. Fairly lush with a decent amount of oak that is well balanced against creamy lemon, lime pith, a touch of pear and medium acidity Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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