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Wineries / Wine Tasting

Wineries / Wine Tasting

With over 40,000 acres of wine grapes planted, Monterey County has established itself as one of the premier wine-producing regions in California. In addition to the many well-known labels which are crafting varietal wines here in Monterey County, you'll find a host of boutique wineries whose wines are treasures little known away from the West Coast.

Plan to spend at least one full afternoon visiting tasting rooms in the Salinas Valley or Carmel Valley. USA Hosts (831-649-5115) and Ag Venture Tours (831-643-WINE) offer group tours to fit your schedule and budget. You can leave the driving and map-reading to your guide, so you can relax and enjoy sipping our region's award-winning wines.

Many wineries offer facility tours, winemaker dinners, special events and concerts. Check our Food and Wine Events Calendar for some suggestions, or visit the individual websites for details.

If you're short on time, you can taste wines from many different wineries by stopping by A Taste of Monterey - Wine Visitors' Centers on Cannery Row or on Main Street in downtown Salinas, or the Culinary Center of Monterey on Cannery Row. And if you simply want to track down a wine you loved at dinner, try Terranova Fine Wines: they carry a comprehensive stock of Monterey County wines, and can help you discover new wines from a winery you already know.

For more information on planning your own wine escape, please visit Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association or call 831-375-9400 for a Wine Country brochure complete with winery listings, tasting events and a map.

Did You Know?
Monterey County is the fastest expanding wine district in California and boasts production of 21 different grape varieties.

Monterey County Wine History

Wine grapes were first introduced in Monterey County well over 200 years ago by the Franciscan Friars near the Soledad Mission in southern Monterey County. They discovered early that the county's ideal growing climatemidday heat tempered by morning and late afternoon fogwas perfect for developing the intense fruit flavor winemakers covet.

Today, approximately 40 different wineries have operations in Monterey County, including giants Robert Mondavi and E.J. Gallo and boutique operations like Paraiso Springs, Smith & Hook, and Scheid Vineyards.

News & Events
Wine-lovers searching for the boutique wineries of the Salinas Valley have just had their lives made easier with the installation of new signposts, especially along River Road (County Road G17). Look for the simple white posts to direct you towards wineries such as Paraiso Springs, Cloniger and Smith & Hook/Hahn Estates.

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