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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Joullian Vineyards

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

  • Bernardus Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Parsonage Village Vineyard

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

  • Heller Estate Vineyard

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

  • Alhona Vineyards

    Rick Alhona was born in the Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, where it was quite common for I...

  • Galante Vineyards

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

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