Carmel Valley Wine

The Carmel Valley appellation shares few of the gentle charms of the nearby seaside town of Carmel. This rugged AVA begins at Carmel Valley village, five miles inland, and is marked by high elevations and steep slopes with well-drained granite terraces. The valley, with less than 300 acres under vine, runs in a southeastern direction along the Carmel River and the Cachagua Creek. Dominated by red Bordeaux varietals -- such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot -- the appellation is distinctly warmer than the northern end of the Salinas Valley. Although it is classified as a cool region, its vineyards are generally situated at elevations above 1,000 feet, and are less influenced by the coastal fog and wind which affects the northern end of the Salinas Valley. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in Carmel Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Carmel Valley View all

  • Bernardus Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Silvestri vineyards

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

  • Galante Vineyards

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

  • Heller Estate Vineyard

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

  • Joullian Vineyards

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

  • Georis Winery

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

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  • Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2011

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    It may be too sweet for some but those that love a sweet light wine will find it refreshing Read More

    Wine review by Leewest


  • Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 1997

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    Enjoyed this last weekend with some friends. Bordeaux-style blend, I could definitly make out the Cab Franc marker in the wine. Smooth finish, medium acidity and just a great wine to really enjoy. Did not pair it with anything. Just enjoyed it. Highly reccomend if you can find it. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 2009

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • I have some questions:Foxy- you are doing SLH- I presume Santa Lucia ... It ... It looked good, but I was in Carmel Valley.  I mostly agree with Sonoma the True, except is excludes Lioco, which is still one of my fav all time producers of Sonoma Coast PN.And lastly-  Chard for starter- palate cleanser?  Really.. with all this pinot?  So who wi... Read More

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  • My father had an expression:  Centrally located and convenient to nothing.  Referred to working in Wichita, KS, but was used at other times.  That was, I think, the point that JD made earlier.  Carmel was on the table at one point, but there's some sense in doing it closer to an airport if folks like to travel that way.  That said, anyone who wa... Read More

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  • So we have some interest in having a West Coast meet-up (or you can call it a throw-down) for Pinot.  Here's my opening proposal:  We'll do it very close to the Oakland Airport, to save those who are traveling in from out of town (like Emark and JonDerry) from having extra travel if they want to fly.  This would give LuchaVino a chance to attend... Read More

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  • JonDerry,I am a big Pinot fan, but of a tiny population.  I will say ... ... ... coast (meaning inland of Carmel valley) typically is not to my taste as well.  Once in awhile there is something decent, but usually they are big fruity bombs.I love Sonoma coast and russian river  as a rule.  My all time fave is the 2008 Lioco Sonoma Coast Pinot,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Boete Carmel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by seholey


  • Silvestri Vineyards Chardonnay Carmel Valley 2007

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    Wine review by morganlindsay


  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir NV

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    Very nice a bit light Read More

    Wine review by seholey


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