Just across the road from Joullian on the corner of Pilot Road and Carmel Valley Road is the Robert Talbott Vineyards. This winery concentrates on two varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The climate of the Santa Lucia and Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County are conducive to growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery directs all its attention to these two varietals and the results are evident is a series of very fine and high quality wines. We were very impressed as we tasted three labels each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. The winery has a small picnic area which also is a very good spot to enjoy a deli lunch. Try a glass of the refreshing Kali Hart Chardonnay. It will go perfectly with lunch. Tasting fee is $8.50
Barnardus Winery and Vineyard
Just past the Village on the left is the Barnardus tasting room. The wines featured by this winery are made in a Bordeaux style. The owner, Ben Pon is a Dutchman whose goal is to makes wines patterned after the famous Bordeaux region of France. The winery obtains its grapes from various vineyards in Monterey County but its flagship wine, Marinus, is estate grown in the Cachagua wine region of Carmel Valley. Marinus is a highly rated Bordeaux style wine that is 75% Cabernet blended, 20% Merlot, with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc added to the blend. The tasting fee is $5.00, or $10 to taste the reserve line of wines. Nearby is the famous and luxurious Bernardus lodge also owned by Ben Pon.
Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily
Phone: (800) 223-2533, Barnardus Winery and Vineyard
Galante Vineyards is another Monterey winery located deep in the Carmel Valley in an area difficult for visitors to reach. To accommodate visitors, the winery recently opened a tasting room in the city of Carmel. This is a delightful tasting room located off Dolores between Ocean and Seventh Avenue. Although the winery produces several varietals the emphasis is on Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet vineyards are located in the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley. The hot days and cool nights enable the grapes to capture full fruit flavors in the Cabernet grapes. Production of the Cabernet is small in order to insure quality. The winery produces three labels of Cabernet Sauvignon, each distinctive. The Sauvignon Blanc is also an excellent wine.
Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 6 pm daily
Phone: (831) 624-3800, Galante Vineyards
The vineyard is located in the mountains of the upper Carmel Valley, California, 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Our 14 acre vineyard is planted to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir grapes. Our terroir is sandy clay loam with gravel and river rocks. Some small vineyard areas include chalky soils.
Tasting Room Hours: 11:30 am- 6:00pm
Phone:(831) 659-1080 , https://www.georiswine.com/tasting-room