I participated in a travel California familiarization trip including the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea. I was provided a pass in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Read more about our time in Carmel, CA here.
During our recent trip to Carmel, we sampled the Carmel Wine Walk By-The-Sea Passports which are offered by the Chamber of Commerce. These affordable passports provided a wine tasting at nine different Carmel tasting rooms all within walking distance of each other and our accommodations, the Hofsas House Hotel.
The wines are all estate-grown local still and sparkling wines. The participating tasting rooms are: Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Vino Napoli and Wrath Wines.[new_royalslider id=”10″]
The Carmel Wine Walk Experience
As you would expect, all of the tasting room employees really knew their wines and most were really great to chat with. All of the wines we tried were fabulous, but for us the stand out was Manzoni cellars. We found their bright, clean wines so amazing that we are considering joining their wine club.
The self-paced and self-guided tour ticket never expires so you can visit them in one day or stretch it out over several. Of course, you must be legal drinking age, which in California is 21. The Wine Tasting Passport is $65 and provides the buyer one $10 flight at each of nine tasting rooms (a $90 value).
While we managed nine tastings in two days, I would suggest planning on staying at least three days in the Carmel area, as we were definitely feeling groggy after so many tastings in such short succession! Luckily there are a ton of delicious restaurants nearby with great food to help you soak up some of that excess wine and since we were within walking distance, we were able to travel back to the hotel on foot safely.
Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea Additional Information
- For information about the Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea Passports, contact the Carmel Chamber of Commerce at 800-550-4333 or purchase the passport online. You can also purchase the passport in person at the Carmel Visitors Center between the hours of 10am and 5pm.
- Download a full resolution map of Carmel-by-the-Sea Tasting Rooms
- Read more about the Carmel wine region and other topics related to this unique destination
- Hotels in Carmel: Hofsas House Hotel (miscfinds4u.com)