Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey
Unique features: Located in a charming cottage just above Cannery Row, the tasting room features the small-production, estate-grown wines from Pierce Ranch Vineyard, emphasizing Spanish and Portuguese varietals. Live Jazz played by such artists as the Stu Reynolds Saxtet and other great local bands entertain you every Thursday 7:00-9:00.
Wine portfolio: Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Tinto Cão, Touriga, Verdelho, Cosecheiro, the newly released Graciano, Vinho Dolce, Zinfandel, and a selection of Iberian and Rhone blends.
Directions: Located one block up from Cannery Row, on the corner of Wave and McClellan, right next to the Antique Mall.
Hours: Mon-Thu 12-7, Fri-Sat 12-8, Sun 12-6.
499 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Carmel Ridge on Cannery Row
Unique features: A spectacular view of Monterey Bay can be enjoyed with a glass of wine, a tapas plate, or a tasting from their portfolio of handcrafted artisan wines. Featuring live local music from 6-9 every Friday and Saturday. Carmel Ridge is an excellent place to escape the bustling streets of Cannery Row and relax with friends and family. Pet friendly, too!
Wine portfolio: Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Moscato and a Cabernet blend. The 2014 Pinot Noir received gold medal in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Competition.
Directions: Located on Cannery Row between the Fish Hopper and Sly McFly’s.
Hours: 11 'til late.
700 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
The Roadhouse Wine Bar
Unique features: Ray Franscioni has brought the wines of his Puma Road and Pessagno labels to this distinctive site next door to Tarpy’s Roadhouse on Highway 68 just east of the Monterey Regional Airport. Relax at the wine bar inside the quaint Old Stone House or out on the open deck overlooking the lily-filled fish pond. Here you can enjoy wines by the glass or flights of Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals from the Franscioni vineyards in Paicines in San Benito County, the Gabilan foothills of the Salinas Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County.
Wine portfolio: All Puma Road wines are 100% estate grown and bottled and include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris as well as a line of single varietal Bordeaux and several unique blends. The Pessagno label features bottlings of vineyard-designated varietals including Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
Directions: Just 3 miles east of downtown Monterey on Hwy 68 next to Tarpy's.
Hours: Mon-Fri 2-7, Sat-Sun 12-7.
2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940
A Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro
Unique features: Discover the culinary delights of Monterey Wine Country. Take in the magnificent ocean’s edge location while sampling locally sourced wine and food. An entire wall of windows overlooks the majestic Monterey Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for a wine tasting and/or dining adventure. Housed in a renovated circa 1918 sardine cannery and showcases over 95 Monterey County wineries (local craft beer too).
Wine portfolio: Your first stop on the Monterey Wine Trail. The largest selection of Monterey County wines anywhere with California’s best view as your backdrop. Seven different tasting flights and over 20 wines by the glass offered.
Directions: Located in the heart of historic Cannery Row. One block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 2nd Floor, perched over the water.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-9.
700 Cannery Row, Ste. KK, Monterey, CA 93940