Carmel Wineries

Heller Estate
Approximately six miles from Chateau Julien you will come to the area known as Carmel Valley Village. You will find several wineries here and the first one you come to is on the left, the Heller Estate. There is much to like about this winery. For starters, the winery’s 120 acres of vineyards are dry-farmed and certified as 100 percent organic. The tasting room is quaint and the servers are friendly and unpretentious. There are some very unusual sculptures around the gardens that are definitely worth viewing. There is a small shaded picnic area that is a perfect spot for lunch. If you are picnicking here, try a glass of their delicious Merlot Rose. This wine is dry and crisp. It is perfect for an afternoon picnic lunch.

Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily
Phone: (831) 659-6220, Heller Estate


Joullian Vineyards

After Heller Estate, immediately watch for Village Road and turn right and look for the Joullian Vineyards tasting room. This winery produces 12,000 cases per year with Chardonnay equaling about half of their case production. They make three unique and very tasty Chardonnays. The first is a blend of grapes from five different vineyards in Monterey County. The second and third Chardonnays are single vineyard wines, one from Arroyo Seco AVA and one from Santa Lucia AVA, both in the Monterey Country. The winery also makes a delightful Sauvignon Blanc and estate reds, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet. All of these wines are from the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley.

Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily
Phone: (831) 659-8100, E-mail:, Joullian Vineyards


Robert Talbott Vineyards

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

Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily
Phone: (831) 659-3500, E-mail: Robert Talbott Vineyards


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

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


Georis Winery

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 ,