CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE, 19 EAST CARMEL VALLEY ROAD, 831.298.7083 Open daily 11.30am to 5.30pm. Take the 10-minute drive east out from Hwy One, and visit us in the heart of the Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Trail. Our beautiful, roomy tasting room is perfect for a larger group, but has intimate seating areas as well. And be wowed by the giant old oak tree branches framing our tasting bar. For private parties, please call Judy at 831.724.9562 to learn about special rates for members.
FRIDAY FUN TIMES: Every FRIDAY night, we have a Wine & Cheese Pairing Party in our downtown Carmel tasting room, from 4-7pm. We'll serve specially paired cheeses from The Cheese Shop, as well as a charcuterie plate--only $20/person, which includes the 4-wine tasting; free to members and one guest (unless an OWL); additional member guests, $10/person.
DIRECTIONS to downtown Carmel tasting room
Our tasting room is in a flower-bedecked courtyard, and is comfortable and cozy, decorated in the unique Carmel rustic style. As you may know, downtown Carmel does not have addresses; we are located just a block and a half north of Ocean, on the west side of Dolores, between 5th and 6th, in the Su Vecino Court.
Our phone in downtown Carmel is 831.574.3135.
We are open in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Friday and Saturday, noon to 7pm; Sunday, noon to 6pm; and Monday, noon to 5pm. Please come visit our beautiful tasting room right in the heart of the village. The location is Su Vecino Court, between Lincoln and the west side of Dolores, and 5th & 6th, phone 831.574.3135.
We opened our new 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 good sources for our Picnic Whites, and our new Night Owl Red
two sauvignon blancs, a pinot gris, an unoaked chardonnay; and the Rhone blend: grenache, mourvedre, and syrah. During the past two years, as Jim made connections with these growers, he also made connections with other Monterey appellation growers, and has now cemented some great relationships, with legendary names such as Chalone, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco.
The Monterey appellation is 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 new 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.