Wine Tasting Walk (Self Guided), Carmel

While it takes no more than a dozen minutes to stroll from one corner of Carmel to the other, it is quite easy to get lost. There are no street numbers in Carmel but the wine bars and bottle shops are plentiful, and the tasting rooms are even more so – enough to keep visitors busy for days!

This charming city is indeed a bona fide wine tasting destination at its best! Regardless of your preferences, you will find several opportunities to learn about wine in a walkable and lively fashion here. With nearly 20 tasting rooms per square mile, it can be hard to choose which wineries to sample from, but here are some ideas:

Wrath Wines – offers a selection of wines with limited distribution to help ensure the highest quality; visitors can sample as many wines as they like: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.

Blair Estate Tasting Room – offers some of the most popular and limited-release wines to sample, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.

Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room – dog-friendly, with an outdoor patio; free tasting for visitors who buy two bottles or more.

Silvestri Vineyards Tasting Room – owned by composer Alan Silvestri; wines include Barbera, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.

Caraccioli Cellars Tasting Room – family-run business, using grapes harvested from the Santa Lucia Highlands; popular types include Rose, Brut Cuvee and Chardonnay.

Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room – allows choosing between themed tasting rooms, with several tasting options on offer.

If you wish to explore the distinct wine flavors of Monterey County in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, take this self-guided walk and enjoy some of the region's premium wines while getting to know their makers!
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Wine Tasting Walk Map

Guide Name: Wine Tasting Walk
Guide Location: USA » Carmel (See other walking tours in Carmel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: DanaG
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Wrath Wines
  • Blair Estate Tasting Room
  • Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room
  • Silvestri Vineyards Tasting Room
  • Caraccioli Cellars Tasting Room
  • Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room
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Wrath Wines

1) Wrath Wines

Wrath Wines offers a selection of wines with limited distribution to help ensure the highest quality. Their Carmel tasting room is open every day to allow visitors to sample as many wines as they like. One of the advantages that this location offers is a long bar to accommodate groups of all sizes.

The wines that you can taste include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. In addition to seating at a long bar, there is also outdoor seating that you can take advantage of. You'll enjoy views of Pebble Beach and Carmel Bay from the outdoor area. Many locals who come here bring their dogs, creating an inclusive space for all.

There is also a cheese shop next door to the tasting room where you can buy delicious appetizers. After you've sampled the wines, don't forget to take home a bottle of your favorites. These wines are sustainably sourced.
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Blair Estate Tasting Room

2) Blair Estate Tasting Room

The Blair Estate Tasting Room in Carmel is close to many of the top local attractions in the downtown area. The owner proudly hands out samples of some of the most popular releases at the tasting bar. When you visit the tasting room, you will also be able to sample items that are only available at this location.

Tasting is available for limited-release wines. Wines that you can taste include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. All of the wines available for tasting come from the Estate's vineyards and have benefited from the unique growing conditions offered by the local climate.

Visitors can enjoy their wine in the tasting room, as well as on the patio. Most of the service is provided by the owner, who provides interesting background information on the wine-making process. If you want to buy some wine to take home, the staff will be happy to recommend wines based on your likings.
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Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room

3) Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room

Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room, open daily, offers a dog-friendly setting in Carmel. The setting for this tasting room is cozy, and visitors will feel relaxed. Visitors can choose from five wines that focus on Pinot Noirs, as well as a selection that offers a larger white and red variety.

Visitors enjoy the inviting outdoor patio area, which has a beautiful collection of succulents. The tasting room serves bread to go along with the wine and also provides bottled water. Visitors who have come in with dogs have found that the staff is willing to provide treats for them.

The staff is very knowledgeable about the wines and ready to answer all your questions. Visitors who buy two bottles have their tasting fees waived. When anyone who attends one of their tastings is interested in an additional wine, the staff will provide an extra sample of this wine as well.
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Silvestri Vineyards Tasting Room

4) Silvestri Vineyards Tasting Room

The Silvestri Vineyards Tasting Room offers tasting flights with a broad variety of wine types to enjoy and has the distinction of being owned by composer Alan Silvestri. Some of the wines include Barbera, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Visitors who come on the weekends have access to premium options not offered during the week, which are available on a rating basis.

Visitors love the outdoor seating area and listening to scores that Silvestri has composed for top films. When going to the tasting, visitors can learn more about the wines, as well as Silvestri's career. Part of the discussion about the wines includes the processes involved in their making.

The tastings include at least four wines, giving you a great sampling of what is available. Popular wines sampled include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir, as well as Shiraz. If you're looking for recommendations about local restaurants, the staff can make great suggestions.
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Caraccioli Cellars Tasting Room

5) Caraccioli Cellars Tasting Room

Caraccioli Cellars is a Carmel winery that is family-run, using grapes harvested from the Santa Lucia Highlands. The atmosphere is contemporary, yet visitors find it very inviting. Visitors taking advantage of tastings have access to an indoor tasting bar, as well as an outside tasting area.

Wine-tasting flights here include a variety of popular types, from Rose to Brut Cuvee and Chardonnay. Visitors are allowed to bring dogs in, making the tasting room an inclusive place to visit. Flights can be shared between two guests, ideal for parties who prefer not to consume as much at once.

The staff provides helpful information on the history of the wines and the wine-making process. Pour sizes are generous so that you're assured of getting sufficient serving sizes. One of the highlights of the outdoor tasting area is being able to do some people-watching while you're enjoying wine samples.
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Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room

6) Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room

Talbott Vineyards offers two flight options for visitors who want to sample their wines. Depending on the option you choose, you can taste either four or five wines. You also have the option of tastings that exclusively incorporate Chardonnay or Pinot, perfect if you have a preference for one or the other of these.

Visitors can choose from themed tasting rooms with Western or food truck themes. There is also a traditional tasting room where you can sample your wines along with appropriate food pairings. If you prefer to do your tasting outdoors, you can do so in a setting that has beautiful views.

The staff will explain the growing process for each of the grapes used in the wine, as well as how each variety is produced. One feature that visitors enjoy hearing about is the soil samples used to highlight the conditions for all the grapes. These tastings give visitors a good perspective on what goes into wine-making.

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