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Monterey's Majestic World of Wines

Monterey - A Hub For Wine Production

Monterey County, California is renowned for its stunning scenery and rich heritage. It's also renowned for its wine. Monterey is among the Golden State's biggest wine growing areas, after all. No trip to this tranquil and picturesque Central Coast region is complete without a taste of authentic Monterey wine. Monterey wines are beloved for their delectable and distinct tastes.

Monterey's Wine History

Monterey County's first encounter with wine grapes occurred more than two centuries ago. The Franciscan Friars presented the people of the area with these grapes close to southern Monterey County's Soledad Mission. They realized then that the weather of the region (heat in the middle of the day calmed by fog both in the morning and afternoon) was absolutely ideal for creating the strong fruity flavoring that winemakers covet so much. The rest is history. Commercial wineries started to see great success in the area at the start of the sixties, and Monterey County is currently home to an abundance of quality wineries and wine rooms that people from all over flock to year in and year out.

Sample Many Local Wines All At Once

People who want to sample many local wines all at once may want to visit A Taste of Monterey on lively Cannery Row. If you visit A Taste of Monterey, you get the chance to try wines from more than 85 wineries in the area. The establishment also has a relaxing ambiance. Visitors to the area who want to savor the region's wines but who don't have a lot of time to travel may benefit from checking out A Taste of Monterey.

Other Notable Wine Tasting Locales in the Area

Many people enjoy coming to Monterey for leisurely wine experiences. Morgan Winery in Salinas is one of the finest wineries in the area. Carmel is the location of the winery's tasting room. People who go to the Carmel tasting room have the chance to treat their taste buds to many Syrahs, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, for example. Other must-see tasting rooms in the area include Carracioli Cellars, Alexander-Smith By Paraiso, Manzoni Cellars, Cima Collina, Sycamore Cellars, Dawn's Dream Tasting Room and Marin's Vineyard. As far as amazing wines go, Monterey County has a little something for practically everyone.

Monterey Wine and Climate Considerations

Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are classic Monterey wines thanks to the county's rather cool overall weather conditions. People who want to experience solid examples of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in Monterey should go to Pessagno Winery, Talbott Vineyards, Testarossa Winery, Pisoni and Roar. Monterey typically isn't warm enough for Cabernet. Despite that, visitors can taste refined Cabernet options at both Galante Vineyards and Bernardus Winery.

Wine Events

Wineries and wine tasting rooms aren't the only way to have fun and savor wine in gorgeous Monterey. The lovely county is home to a number of wine-related events that are sure to make for fun and memorable experiences. August's Winemakers' Celebration and June's Monterey Wine Festival are two standout examples of such events.