Carmel Valley Ranch has long been known as a place for play, but with our prime location in the hills of Monterey County wine country, The Ranch is an ideal spot for wine-tasting getaways. We’ve even got vineyards on our 500-acre playground!
From the highly regarded Joullian Vineyards & Winery to the incredible selection of 100+ local wines at A Taste of Monterey, there are dozens of tasting rooms and wineries within a short drive of the resort—including Folktale Winery & Vineyards, which is literally three minutes away.
That’s merely the beginning, though. Whether you choose the coastal charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea or head inland to Carmel Valley’s cluster of vineyards and tasting rooms, almost anywhere you turn in this region you’ll discover something new and delicious.
Just one square mile, Carmel-by-the-Sea is perfect for a walking-and-tasting tour—and while wine might be the main attraction, there’s much more to explore, including artisan olive oils, vinegars, and local shops. (Of course, we highly recommend having a designated driver or hiring a tour service to handle transportation when wine tasting.)
Head southeast from The Ranch, and you’ll find a collection of Carmel Valley wineries also perfectly suited for walking and sipping. This is where you’ll find Bernardus Winery and its celebrated Bordeaux-style red wine; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes make up more than 70% of this area’s production. Further east, there’s also the River Road region, which features over 45,000 acres of vineyards and includes the famed Santa Lucia Highlands.
At the end of each day of tasting, The Ranch awaits—and we’ve even got our own wine for you to try! The Swing label includes Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, along with a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and Pinot Noir.
Plan your playful wine-country escape today!