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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Testarossa Vineyards

    Testarossa Winery, located in the historic Novitiate of Los Gatos, approximately sixty miles sout...

  • Mon Lis

    We are proud to announce the release our 2005 Mon Lis Sleepy Hollow Vineyards Pinot Noir. When th...

  • Georis Winery

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

  • Parsonage Village Vineyard

    Bill and Mary Parsons planted their seven acre Parsonage Village Vineyard in 1998. How they arriv...

  • Morgan Winery

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

  • Galante Vineyards

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

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Monterey County on Snooth

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

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    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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    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

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  • 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


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