The CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA tasting room, at the corner of Lincoln & Ocean in downtown Carmel, is open through December 31st, 2pm-5pm, pickup and purchase only. Effective January 1st, downtown Carmel will be closed for the month of January.
The Carmel Valley tasting room is closed indefinitely.
Call Judy at 831.724.9562 for additional info.
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.