Monterey County Winery
2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway, #10
Monterey, CA 93924
|Phone #||(831) 372-7415|
|Pricing||$ $ $ $ $|
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Ventana Vineyards Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Tasting room hours: 11:00am - 5:00pm daily
Summer hours: (June-September) 11:00am - 6:00pm daily
Located right next door to Tarpy's restaurant, making this a great stop to taste and dine.
Ventana Vineyards Wine Tasting Notes
Just off of Highway 1 on Hwy 68, in the same parking lot as Tarpy's Restaurant, with a nice pond and shady trees, is the Ventana tasting room housed in a beatiful historic stone building, circa 1919. Go up the stairs to the nice outdoor deck & tasting area, or inside to an intimate tasting room, big enough for ten people, tops.
When we arrived, there was a group of about five people from Las Vegas tasting and talking up the pourers. A young woman greeted us right away and set us up with our first taste. There was no charge for the tasting, and before long the big group left and we were the only ones in the tasting room.
We were lucky enough to meet the winemaker, Doug Meador, who started the winery in 1972. At that time, Doug thought Monterey was a window to a new wine country... so he named his winery Ventana, the website tells us, which in spanish means "window". Doug is a character. He informed us he is currently writing a book about wine and wine competitions. He gave us many theories about why some wines win at competitions and some don't. His wines, by the way, have won more ribbons, and more consistantly, than any other single winery - so he knows what he's talking about.
"Where you guys from?" Doug suddenly asked us. "San Francisco," we answered. "Ah, The City," he said in caps. "I remember when I was young we'd always dress up whenever we went to the city." "Yeah, It always seems like everyone looks pretty sharp in photos from that era," I said. "I used to go to school in Seattle and work in San Francisco," he said. "You commuted to San Francisco from Seattle?" "Oh, yeah. And I always made sure I had a change of cloths when I got to the city." He smiled, "so I looked sharp."
The pours kept coming, and in the end we probably tasted about eleven wines total - most of which we liked very much. A very enjoyable stop and highly recommended.
Ventana Vineyards Wines
Ratings and tasting notes coming soon!