Wine Tasting: River Road Wine Trail and Carmel

Recently named one of the top ten wine travel destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast, Monterey County is home to many of California’s best wineries. The only other two North American locations named in the list are in New York and Oregon. While Carmel and Carmel Valley have some very notable tasting rooms, River Road is where you’ll find a truly authentic experience. The string of wineries with onsite tasting rooms along the Salinas River has been branded the River Road Wine Trail. The Wine Trail runs South for roughly 15 miles from the edge of Salinas through the Santa Lucia appellation to its end at Arroyo Seco. Here is where Monterey county’s finest chardonnay and pinot noir is made, from vine to barrel to tasting glass at one location. The tasting rooms on River Road are adjacent to their vineyards and wineries, allowing visitors to explore the vineyards or get a winery tour. The Monterey county wine culture is relatively relaxed, and at these onsite tasting rooms it’s common to bump into the winemaker who’s usually happy to tell his story or answer questions.

River Road Wine Trail

Boekenoogen 

33520 Fairview Road

Gonzales, Ca 93926

(831) 675-3549

By Appointment

Hahn 

37700 Foothill Road

Soledad, Ca 93960

(831) 678-4555

Monday- Thursday 11am- 5pm

Friday- Sunday 11am-6pm

Manzoni

30891 River Road

Soledad, Ca 93960

(831) 675-3398

Friday- Sunday 11am – 5pm

Marilyn Remark

Making quality wines of varietals uncommon in the Americas.

645 River Road

Salinas, Ca 93908

(831) 455-9310

Weekends & Holidays 11am – 5pm

Paraiso

Charmingly appointed on a picturesque setting with delicious wines.

38060 Paraiso Springs Road

Soledad, Ca 93960

(831) 678-0300

Monday- Friday 11am- 4pm

Saturday- Sunday 11am-5pm

Pessagno 

Pessagno’s “Four Boys” pinot noir voted Best Monterey County red wine by Monterey County Weekly. Consistent scores in the 90’s from WIne Spectator. The late founder Steve Pessagno was instrumental to establishment of the River Road Wine Trail.

1645 River Road

Salinas, CA 93908

(831) 675-9463

Monday- Thursday 11am- 4pm

Friday- Sunday 11am-5pm

Puma Road / Ray Franscioni Wines

32720 River Road

Soledad, Ca 93960

(831) 675-3548

Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm

Talbott

With production limited to pinot noir and chardonnay varietals as they are specially suited to the climate of Monterey County, Talbot makes a

consistently high quality product.

1380 River Road

Salinas, Ca 93908

(831) 675-0942

Thursday-Monday 11am- 4:30pm

Carmel & Carmel Valley

Bernardus

5 West Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley, Ca 93924

(831) 298-8021

11am – 5pm Daily

Boekenoogen

24 W. Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley, Ca 93924

(831) 659-4215

11am – 5pm Daily

Chateau Julien

8940 W. Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley, Ca 93923

(831) 624-2600

8am – 5pm Monday – Friday

11am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Tours by reservation

Galante

Dolores Between Ocean Ave & 7th Ave

Carmel, Ca 93923

(831) 624-3800

12pm – 6pm Daily

Heller Estate

69 W. Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley, Ca 93924

(831) 659-6220

11am – 5pm Daily

Manzoni

San Carlos Between Ocean Ave & 7th Ave

Carmel, Ca 93923

(831) 620-6541

11am – 6pm Sunday – Thursday

11am – 7pm Friday & Saturday

Morgan

204 Crossroads Blvd

Carmel, Ca 93923

(831) 626-3700

11am – 6pm Daily

Talbott

53 W. Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley, Ca 93924

(831) 659-3500

11am – 4:30pm Daily

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