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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • RiverStone Estate Wines

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

  • Figge Cellars

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

  • Georis Winery

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

  • Krutz Family Cellars

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

  • Joullian Vineyards

    Joullian Vineyards was created by the Joullian and Sias families of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with...

  • Viña Casa Marín

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

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Monterey County on Snooth

  • Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey County 2017

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    Coloration is fairly brilliant cherry/cranberry, looks to be quite clear, with rustic hues around the rim. Aromas that are fruit forward....cherry, toasty oak, tobacco leaf, wet leather, honey molasses bbq sauce richness and a muted cinnamon, nutmeg/mace & pepper spice. Flavors are pretty straight up of field berries (cherry, blueberry, raspbe... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Jolie-Laide Rodnick Farm Melon de Bourgogne 2019

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    A very fruity wine--apple, pear, kiwi, melon. Some stoniness mid-palate. Light-bodied (Well, duh.) but a surprisingly robust mouth feel. Light but detectable acidity. A very pleasant wine. An excellent summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014

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    Dark fruit opening---blackberry, black plum. The wine enters as mellow, but it is quite spritzy on the edges of the tongue and under the mid-palate. Some dark chocolate bitter hints under the rear palate. A very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016

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    14.2% ABV Ruby red tinged with garnet at the edges. Medium light in weight. Pretty and well made wine. I get a strong hit of cherry cola on the first sip followed up with some sour cherry as the acid comes to life and finishes with some cranberry notes with a touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Testarossa Winery Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Monterey 2016

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    A touch raisiny with notes of cherry and concentrated berry. Tart and dry with earthy plum and cherry notes, a streak of tar and some blueberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hahn Meritage 2009

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    No written review

    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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