BOTH CARMEL & CARMEL VALLEY TASTING ROOMS ARE REOPENED. RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Please call 831.724.9562, OR GO TO https://www.exploretock.com/windyoaksestatewinery.
Corner of Lincoln & Ocean, open daily, EXCEPT TUESDAYS, noon to 6pm. This is an intimate tasting room, but we welcome our WineGroup members, and guests, who have reserved tastings in our charming tasting room. 831.574.3135. Max 4 guests.
CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE, 19 EAST CARMEL VALLEY ROAD, 831.298.7083 Open Fridays through Tuesdays, NOON to 5.30pm. Take the 10-minute drive east out from Hwy One, and visit us in the heart of the Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Trail. Our beautiful, roomy tasting room is perfect for a larger group (MAX 6 GUESTS), but has intimate seating areas as well. And be wowed by the giant old oak tree branches framing our tasting bar. For private parties, please call Judy at 831.724.9562 to learn about special rates for members.
ALL TASTING ROOMS CLOSED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
Named WINERY OF THE YEAR 2018 by Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile, one of the most knowledgeable wine writers in the industry. http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/2138/
Our CARMEL history
We opened our first tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea in late July 2014, and are thrilled to now be involved in winemaking in two prestigious appellations: Monterey and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The year 2011 was notoriously stingy in yield, not just for us, but all over the state - the quality was there for us, but not the quantity. We worried that if we had another year of such low yields, we could not financially depend solely on our estate grapes, so we researched, and found quality sources for several varietals
'old vine' pinot noir, mourvèdre, and viognier from the original Chalone vineyard; chardonnay, grenache, and pinot noir from the legendary Santa Lucia Highlands, and beautiful grapes for our Sparkling Albariño from Arroyo Seco.
The Monterey appellations are directly southeast of our home vineyard, and encompasses some 44,000 vineyard acres (in contrast, the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is just 1,500 acres, and Napa is about 45,000). It begins in the mountains of the Santa Lucia Range, and goes east and south, with many variations in terroir. Jim loves the challenge, and has spent many happy days roaming the vineyards of this vast appellation, looking at vineyards, talking with growers, and finding the best possible grapes for our production.
Coincidental to all this, our eldest son James, decided in early 2014 that he would like to join the family business, but more on the marketing side rather than the production side. This, together with the additional wine we're producing from Monterey appellations, gave us the idea of perhaps opening a remote full time tasting room in the Monterey area, with James as the manager. We decided that the small town of Carmel-by-the-Sea had much of what we were looking for in a tasting room - a concentrated downtown with discerning, year round, wine-loving tourists from everywhere.