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.

Old Monterey Inn Garden Room

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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