From rich, luscious Pinot Noirs to vibrant, refreshing Chardonnays, celebrate #NationalDrinkWineDay with these 15 affordable Monterey County wines that taste expensive.
While Napa Valley has long been regarded as the epicenter of wine production, the beautiful and bustling Monterey County (located on the coast in Central California) has quickly been gaining recognition amongst wine aficionados and the wine industry as a premiere, up-and-coming wine region.
About Monterey County Wines
From the Santa Lucia Highlands to the Salinas Valley, there are a number of wineries throughout the region (such as Bernardus Winery, Joyce Vineyards, and Talbott Vineyards) that are producing top quality, award-winning Monterey County wines.
Although Monterey County has always been known as a popular travel destination (thanks to its gorgeous natural scenery, award-winning golf courses, and spectacular hotels and resorts), it is beginning to rival Napa Valley.
Due to the plethora of wine tasting rooms and vineyards, and even fun-filled wine tasting tours such as the Carmel Wine Walk Passport, it’s become a desirable location to visit for those who love wine, culture, and beauty.
Whether you’re planning a visit to Monterey County, or just interested in experiencing a taste of this exquisite area, priced at under $50 each, these 15 affordable Monterey County wines are so delicious, they will have you craving more.
2013 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay ($42)
2013 Bernandus Sierra Mar Chardonnay ($40)
2014 Joyce Vineyards Trio Pinot Noir Monterey ($25)
2011 Caraccioli Cellars Pinot Noir ($47)
2014 Carmel Road Unoaked Chardonnay ($22)
2013 De Tierra Vineyards La Estancia Riesling ($24)
2013 Galante Vineyards Cowboy Cuvee ($40)
2010 Pierce Vineyards Petite Syrah ($22)
2014 Paraiso Vineyards Riesling ($25)
2013 Hahn Family Wines Smith & Hook Cabernet ($25)
2013 Silvestri Pinot Noir Estate ($32)
2013 Figge Cellars River Road Chardonnay ($32)
2013 Estancia Wines Reserve GSM Monterey County ($20)
2011 Boekenoogen Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Chardonnay ($42)
2012 Carmel Ridge Winery Sauvignon Blanc ($22)
To learn more about Monterey County wines and the superb wineries and wine tasting rooms in this area, visit the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association website.