Monterey County World Class Wines
The blend of Monterey County's unique landscape and climate
with its history of innovation and tradition in winemaking
form the recipe for success for Monterey County wines.
Wines produced in Monterey County possess distinctive qualities
that distinguish them from those produced anywhere else in the world.
The tradition of winemaking in Monterey County dates
back 200 years when the Franciscan friars planted the first
wine grapes in the Spanish mission of Soledad. However, it wasn't
until the early 1960's that Monterey County's potential for excellent
varietal grapes began to emerge. By the 1970's, Monterey County had become
the largest premium wine grape region in California. Today, Monterey County
boasts over 40 wineries covering more than 40,000 acres. Monterey County wine
country is comparable in quality and quantity to the better-known regions
of Napa, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Grapes grown in Monterey County are characterized by
their intense true varietal flavor, which results in
ines with exceptional integrity. Nurtured by the cold
marine climate, the grapes remain on the vine a full month longer
than in other wine-producing regions. This allows for the timely
maturity of both red and white grape varieties and the production
of consistently excellent vintages from this region.
The varietal that first establish Monterey County's reputation
as a premium wine-growing region was chardonnay.
Buttery chardonnays grown in Monterey County have received rich
praise from critics and competitors alike. Today, the numerous
awards and accolades bestowed on chardonnays designated as Monterey
County appellations are now being accorded to Monterey County Pinot Noirs.
Both varietals exhibit unparalleled richness and finish.
With such a bounty of wines,
it's no surprise that an abundant
of wine-related events lure visitors to
Monterey County each year. Annual events such
as the Monterey Wine Festival in spring, the Winemaker's Celebration
in summer, and the Great Wine Escape weekend in autumn combine art of
the vine with the culinary skills of locally renown and world-class chefs.
These events, as well as year-round samplings in the numerous tasting rooms
throughout Monterey County, offer connoisseurs and enthusiasts a taste of
Monterey that will linger on the palate long after they have returned home.