Monterey Bay Region Wine Trails

Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Follow the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail signs to more than 25 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms. Award-winning wines meet stunning vineyard views in this relaxed atmosphere that welcomes wine lovers. Known as one of California’s oldest premium wine-growing regions, the Santa Clara Valley is close to Gilroy with its famous outlets and family-friendly attractions.

Santa Cruz County’s Corralitos Wine Trail

The Corralitos Wine Trail features three family-owned wineries, surrounded by redwood trees and apple orchards. At Alfaro Family Vineyards, an elevated patio tasting area affords sweeping views of the vineyards below. Windy Oaks Estate Winery sits on a ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay—enjoy a glass of wine and walk through the vineyards and enjoy the view. Nicholson Vineyards is surrounded by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards plus Tuscan olive oil trees. Tastings are hosted in a rustic, classic-California setting with noble oak trees nearby.

Carmel Valley Road Trail

Carmel Valley is a prime destination for wine lovers. With many tasting rooms clustered together in the heart of Carmel Valley Village, you’ll have just a short stroll between each. Park once and let someone else do the driving—book a wine tour or simply hop on the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus 24, otherwise known as the Grapevine Express.

Carmel’s Wine Walk by-the-Sea

Stroll among 15 tasting rooms in downtown Carmel-By-the-Sea. Buy up a Wine Tasting Passport at the centrally located Carmel Visitor Center and then taste your way though your preferred selection of tasting rooms in the one-square-mile village. Added bonus: corkage is waived for bottles purchased at a Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants (one bottle per visit, per party).

Cannery Row Wine Walk

The Cannery Row wine trail is the perfect place to sample Monterey County wines while enjoying incredible views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Step into A Taste of Monterey, which features 95 wineries and is designated as the Regional Wine Visitors’ Center for Monterey County. Inspired? Take the wine trail and enjoy the award-winning wines of Monterey County at five additional tasting rooms.

More great wine trails along the California Central Coast.


California's Central Coast consists of:

VENTURA REGION: Ventura County, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Heritage Valley, Oxnard, Simi Valley
SANTA BARBARA REGION: Santa Barbara County, Buellton, Carpinteria Valley, Lompoc Valley, Los Olivos, Santa Maria Valley, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
SAN LUIS OBISPO REGION: San Luis Obispo County, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Harmony, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Simeon
MONTEREY BAY REGION: Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Gilroy, Hollister, San Benito, San Juan Bautista

About Central Coast Tourism Council

The Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) is a non-profit organization comprised of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs; Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) throughout the California Central Coast. Comprised of tourism and hospitality professionals, the mission of CCTC is to jointly promote the entire California Central Coast as a destination. The four regions that comprise California’s Central Coast include Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The CCTC also serves as the Central Coast’s voice in Sacramento, and as a partner with Visit California’s global marketing and advertising campaigns.