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California’s Underrated Wine Destination, the Carmel Valley

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Travelers this spring & summer can forego Napa to go wine tasting in one of California’s largest wine growing and producing regions, Carmel Valley, a best kept secret. Positioned in the heart of Carmel, and only minutes from Pebble Beach and Big Sur, Quail Lodge & Golf Club offers the greatest value on the Monterey Peninsula and its central location allows for easy access to the surplus of wineries in the region.

Most of Carmel Valley’s wine tasting rooms, such as Bernardus WineryHolman Ranch Vineyards and Joullian Vineyards are located just a short stroll from each other, allowing visitors to take a Carmel Valley wine tour on foot. In addition, Taste Morgan and Folktale Winery are located along the drive to Carmel Valley Village and is easily accessible. While often lively, Carmel Valley’s tasting rooms are not overly crowded and provide a warm, personal interaction with tasting hosts and winemakers. Try Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietals, which make up 70% of the Carmel Valley AVA! For an intimate Carmel Valley wine tour, contact Ag Venture Tours. Their experienced guides will give wine enthusiasts insight into the history of Carmel Valley and the techniques behind the wines.