Monterey County Winery
5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Bernardus Winery Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Bernardus Winery Wine Tasting Notes
Big, official-looking tasting facility right in the carmel valley village. Not super inviting, with big heavy doors which are not clearly marked as the tasing room.
Inside it smelled great, and was decorated for the holidays. But overall it looked like any tasting room you'd find in Napa, only with no windows.
2 tastings are available: Bernardus Tasting: $5, and Mr. Pon's Reserve tasting: $10 (one tasting fee is refunded for every $75 spent. which is kinda harsh).
We did one of each tasting and shared.
Expensive wines, but all quality and well balanced. I liked them all, an overall wine rating in the high 80's. But the guy pouring, Greg, while very nice, was a bit too much a salesman for our taste. We understand they want to sell some wine, but let the wine sell itself, y'know? This somewhat scripted, salesman pitch is what gave it the feel of a mainstream Napa tasting room, only smaller. Many of the tasting rooms in Carmel Valley have more of an independent spirit, breaking down the barrior between us and the pourer. Barnardus miss the boat on that one. It was not totally unpleasant, but just not as personal as most other Carmel Valley tasting rooms.
Barnardus also runs the big lodge and spa down the road. Nightly rates run from $415 to $1970, available in packages which include an array of spa treatments, and dinner. Needless to say, we didn't get near the place for fear they might charge us for looking...
The Barnardus Lodge also features two award-winning restaurants: Marinus and Wickets.
Bernardus Winery Wines
Ratings and tasting notes coming soon!