Our Guide to Monterey’s Best Wineries

California is known for its coastlines, spectacular weather, and of course, beautiful vineyards and delicious wines. September happens to be California Wine Month and while we celebrate the juice all year round, people travel from all over this time of year to experience and celebrate the harvest season. Old Monterey Inn is located near Carmel Valley, known for high-quality wineries and vineyards scattered throughout the scenic rolling hills of Northern California. The wine tasting choices can be overwhelming so we thought we’d help you out with our list of our favorites. Below are a few top Monterey wineries we recommend. Book your stay with us, start planning your wine escape, and celebrate California Wine Month all season long! We’ll even throw in a bottle of one of our favorite local wines to enjoy during your stay.

Woman standing in a vineyard at a top Monterey winery

Heller Estates Organic Vineyard

Located in Carmel Valley, this exquisite vineyard has been certified organic for over twenty years! Their mix of dry soil and the underground Cachagua Springs helps them produce outstanding fruit that is then transformed into outstanding wines. Sip on wonderful wines while taking in the views of the surrounding hills as well as the beautiful sculptures in their new Sculpture Garden. They offer tastings daily, we recommend you try their famous Cachagua Cabernet Sauvignon!

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Bernardus Winery

Bernardus Winery is also located in Carmel Valley, less than thirty minutes from Old Monterey Inn. It is composed of two separate vineyards, Ingrid’s Vineyard and Marinus Vineyard. Both are located less than 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, creating an ideal environment for growing! Each grape is strategically handpicked during times of optimal ripeness throughout the harvesting season. Tastings are offered every day in their tasting room and we highly recommend trying their Pinot Noir.

Couple wine tasting at a top Monterey Winery

Parsonage Winery

A family-run boutique winery located in the heart of Carmel Valley, Parsonage is famous for their bold red wines that are produced on a small scale. They were the first winery in Carmel Valley to plant Syrah, a dark-skinned grape used to produce full-bodied red wines. Their tasting room is located less than a mile from their vineyards, and offers a casual environment for their daily tastings. While you’re there be sure to check out the owner, Mary’s beautiful textile quilts!

Beautiful Carmel Valley Vineyard

Folktale Winery

Voted 2016’s California Winery of the Year and 2017’s Best Winery to Visit, Folktale Winery is a must-visit in Carmel Valley. The 5-acre vineyard at the winery has been organically farmed for 35 years. Red and white wine lovers rejoice! Their signature Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have both won multiple awards. They offer 45-60 minute tours upon reservation and daily tastings.

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Book your wine getaway to Old Monterey Inn today and discover which of these top Monterey wineries is your favorite. When you book 2+ nights between now and September 30th, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine in celebration of this special time of year!

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Tour Carmel Valley Wineries

Carmel Wineries TourTreat yourself and someone special to a day of bliss touring the wine country surrounding Monterey!  Our Chauffeured Wine Tour Package includes wine tasting at four of the best Carmel Valley wineries, plus lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants. Our guests rave about this popular package!

“This wine tour made my trip!” ~ Allison C.

Book Now & Save: $599 $680

Use Promo Code: Jwine 

(2 night room reservation required* in addition to Package)

To Book: Choose your favorite room for 2 nights from our online availability calendar then click “Book Now.” Choose the “Chauffeured Wine Tour Package” in the next step and complete your reservation, and enter promo code with credit card information in the final step. Package price will be included in quoted rate. We will contact you to confirm reservation details.

Sample Wine Tour Itinerary:

Your 5 hour tour for two begins at our Monterey bed and breakfast when your Tour Carmel Valley Wineries
driver will arrive at 10:45 am to whisk you off to Carmel Valley for the day’s adventure! You will enjoy VIP tasting at four Carmel Valley wineries with a break for lunch midway at either Café Rustica or Corkscrew Café – two local favorites! Your driver will return you home to Old Monterey Inn at approximately 3:45 pm, just in time for complimentary evening wine & hors d’oeuvers at the Inn!

The wineries included on your tour may include the following:

Château Julien Wine Estate ~ “Try our Silver Medal Private Reserve Merlot”

The winery boasts breathtaking vistas of the lush green valley surrounded by the majestic Carmel Valley Mountains. The vineyard is highlighted throughout the seasons – from the breaking buds of spring to summer’s lush leaf canopy and the abundant grape cluster display of fall.

Heller Estate ~ “Organic Wines That Dance On Your Palate!”

The 120 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted at an altitude of 1200 – 1500 feet, producing rich, luscious grapes, which result in outstanding premium wines. The vineyards are certified 100% organic.

Carmel Valley vineyardsBernardus Winery ~ “Try the Marinus Red Wine – 92 Points!”

Owner Ben Pon appreciates wine as an art – a form of art that transcends the ordinary. His dream is to make a red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. At Bernardus the textural element-“the mouth feel’-is the most important expression of wine.

Parsonage Village Vineyard ~ “Rated Best Tasting Room in Monterey”

The south facing slope acts as a natural heat sink providing moderate heat for an extended growing season and perfect ripening. The focus is not on high yields, but the health and maintenance of every vine. The vineyard is harvested as each section is ready, ensuring powerful flavors from physiologically ripe fruit.

Book Now & Save: $599 $680

Use Promo Code: Jwine 

(2 night room reservation required* in addition to Package)

*Valid for stays from June 1 to July 31, 2014. This offer cannot be combined with other promotion or discounts and is not available during holidays and special event periods. Subject to availability, no third party gift certificates, must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Taxes not included, all other Inn policies apply. Wineries and restaurants subject to change.