Monterey Wine


Monterey is an AVA within the Monterey County region, in the Central Coast of California. It runs between Monterey Bay in the north and extends as far as San Luis Obispo AVA to the south. Most of the Salinas Valley lies within it, providing a natural channel for the Bay fog and winds which lengthen the growing season and control acid balance in the grapes. 
The vastness of the region lends itself to somewhat diverse growing conditions. Coastal areas are suited to cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer while warmer sections tend toward Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. 
Monterey is further subdivided into the following regions:
Arroyo Seco
Carmel Valley
Hames Valley
San Antionio Valley - Monterey
San Bernabe
San Lucas
Santa Lucia Highlands
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Monterey View all

  • Humanitas Wine Company

    We make honorable wines and dedicate 7% of our revenues (that's revenues, not profits!) to charit...

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

    Maverick Wine Group LLC is based in Santa Maria, California. Our Truffle Wine Brand capitalizes...

  • Carmel Road Winery

    Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the temp...

  • Otter Cove

    We produce wines with Monterey County grapes. We were able to bring some great tasting wines to M...

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

    Founded by the Talbott family a quarter century ago, Talbott Vineyards is dedicated to producing ...

  • Mirassou Vineyards

    For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal p...

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  • GT, I'll set you up with the Port varietals.  Pierce Ranch in Monterey county has all kinds of Iberian grapes, and Clay Mauritson makes a port style wine with the port grapes.  There's a handful of other places growing them. We had the Wind Gap Trousseau Gris a little while ago at Pizzaiolo when we had a non-red wine kind of meal.  It was quite ... Read More

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  • Hahn Estates Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Robust yet smooth Read More

    Wine review by LucyNH

  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper ... would be Santa Barbara to Monterey or, at the outside, Santa Cruz.  Central California is more like the "midwest," as it's the inland area, aka Central Valley, but you hardly hear the expression Central California, since people tend to identify as coastal (and hence Central Co... Read More

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  • Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County 2010


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    Wine review by alex7ktrc

  • Scott Family Estate Chardonnay 2012


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Esser Sauvignon Blanc 2012


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    Wine review by scatey

  • Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio Monterey County 2010


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Don't know how much you can get back up into the hills of inland San Diego ... up into San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, too. You come home with your clothes all smelling of sage and many, many other herbs depending on where you've been. Whole hillsides that would put herbalists and their kitchen gardens to shame before you walk a mile in... Read More

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  • Loophole Chardonnay Monterey 2013


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection; Light to Medium Oak, Lemon and Lime and Green Apple Skin. Very, very Acidic (Tongue burning) - too much so for my taste, but probably goes well with Food. Tasting Notes from Lot 18:'...Delicious flavors of lemon tart, white pear and subtle oak with bright, driving acidity power through the wine, yet the finish... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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


    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

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