By Lisa Rowlands

Topographically diverse Monterey may lack the kudos and international reputation of Napa and Sonoma, however this county - having really only been producing wine with a commercial focus for a half century - has quickly established itself amongst the state’s most highly regarded cool climate wine regions.

From beautiful beaches to secluded inland retreats, towering redwoods to the Big Sur, Monterey is a visual feast for the wide-eyed tourist. Pinnacles National Park - a haven for hikers and climbers as well as an important habitat for wildlife such as the endangered Californian Condor, is one of the county’s most frequently visited spots. So too, the quaint coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the unrivalled and afore mentioned coastline. Given the multitude of draws already pulling in visitors from far and wide, it comes as no surprise to learn that the county’s wine scene is also following an upward curve.

Monterey has seen significant growth in its wine industry during recent years. New cellars have been appearing with remarkable regularity, and largely on account of the influx of tourists, tasting rooms and winery tours are becoming much more commonplace.

AVAs of Monterey County

Carmel Valley AVA

Carmel Valley AVA is a small viticultural area located close to the Pacific Ocean.

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Chalone AVA

Situated in both Monterey County and San Benito County, the Chalone AVA is home to age worthy wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Hames Valley AVA

The very small Hames Valley AVA is located in the south of of Monterey County.

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