About Carmel Wine Walk


The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is wine tasting at its best. The Wine Walk is an on-going self paced, self guided, dog and child friendly, tour to the 13 tasting rooms within coastal Carmel-by-the-Sea tucked between Big Sur and Monterey on the Central Coast of California. Now with a fully interactive map that provides precise walking directions, visitors can amble to each tasting room to sample local estate-grown wines and sparkling wines and can pick and choose as many or as few tasting rooms to visit.

Established in 2011, the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ was formed by an exclusive group of  tasting rooms in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea in order to provide a wine tasting passport for participating tasting rooms, and an easy to use map to guide visitors through the courtyards and pathways of Carmel. Our goal is for our guests to learn about the wines of Monterey County and meet the winemakers and tasting room managers along the way. The Wine Walk has since evolved from the original 7 tasting rooms to encompass a total of 13 tasting rooms in the 1x1 square mile of downtown Carmel, with the same purpose, for visitors to be able to explore all the distinct flavors of wine that Monterey County has to offer, without ever having to leave our village!

The Carmel Wine Walk offers $100 Passport, which provides guests a choice of 10 full flights at their choice of any of the 13 tasting rooms.

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The Faces of Carmel Wine Walk


Jeffery Blair

Jeffrey Blair

Blair Estate

Beginning in 2007 Jeffrey Blair began planting Pinot Noir on the family’s old ranch, Delfina’s Vineyard. Jeffrey knew the potential for winegrowing in the area, given the success of vineyard estates in the Arroyo Seco and neighboring Santa Lucia Highlands’ appellations.

Scott Caraccioli

Caraccioli Cellars

Scott grew up in the Salinas Valley and is a fourth generation farmer who joined the family business after father Gary, and Uncles Phil and Jim expanded their agricultural production with 124-acre vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands in 2006. Caraccioli Cellars quickly grew to doing their own family bottle, with a current annual production of 3,500 cases and a tasting room in downtown Carmel.

Scott Caraccioli
Scott Caraccioli

Scott Caraccioli

Caraccioli Cellars

Scott grew up in the Salinas Valley and is a fourth generation farmer who joined the family business after father Gary, and Uncles Phil and Jim expanded their agricultural production with 124-acre vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands in 2006. Caraccioli Cellars quickly grew to doing their own family bottle, with a current annual production of 3,500 cases and a tasting room in downtown Carmel.

Dawn Galante Dawn Galante

Dawn Galante

Dawn's Dream Winery

With a passion for life and a head for business, Dawn had a dream of producing approachable wines of exceptional quality and elegance. With the loving support of her husband, Jack Galante, her dream has come true. Born and raised in Michigan, Dawn traveled to California in 1985 where she built a life with Jack and their five children: Nicole, John, Alyssa, Evan, and Rachael.

Approachable and easy to talk to, Dawn cherishes her family and friends above all else. Dawn has a mischievous, adventurous side, and is always eager to take part in her favorite outdoor sports, snow-skiing, scuba diving, and hiking.

Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch

De Tierra Vineyards

De Tierra was started by Tom Russell and a few good friends and quickly blossomed into a thriving artisanal brand. Owners Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch are excited to continue Tom’s legacy and build on his daughter Anna’s hard work and passion, including SIP certified estate varietals and high quality production techniques. Dan and Alix are adding a new vitality to the Tasting Room, enhancing the wine club, introducing new varietals and incorporating additional events to the winery.

Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch
Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch

Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch

De Tierra Vineyards

De Tierra started as common goal amongst good friends, and is blossoming into a thriving artisanal brand complete with vineyard, winery, and tasting room, as well as distribution in over 10 states, SIPcertification, organic varietals, estate offerings, numerous accolades, wine club, and a burgeoning team of enthusiastic, yet experienced millennials at its helm!

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Gordon Armsby

Holman Ranch

Holman Ranch is Established. In 1928 Gordon Armsby, a businessman from San Francisco, purchased 600 acres of land in Carmel Valley and kicked off the modern story of Holman Ranch. In 2006 the Lowders took the reigns.

Jack Galante

Galante Vineyards

The Galante Family has a long history in the Monterey area. Owner Jack Galante's great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, was the founder of the town of Carmel. He later built the Pine Inn and the prestigious Highlands Inn. In 1969, Jack's parents purchased a 700-acre cattle ranch in rustic Carmel Valley.

While still maintaining a working cattle ranch, the Galantes, in 1983, began growing premium grapes on their property, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1994, Jack Galante decided to build a winery and use some of his grapes to produce ultra-premium estate bottled wines. Today Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Monterey County and all of California.

Jack Galante
Jack Galante

Jack Galante

Galante Vineyards

The Galante Family has a long history in the Monterey area. Owner Jack Galante's great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, was the founder of the town of Carmel. He later built the Pine Inn and the prestigious Highlands Inn. In 1969, Jack's parents purchased a 700-acre cattle ranch in rustic Carmel Valley.

While still maintaining a working cattle ranch, the Galantes, in 1983, began growing premium grapes on their property, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1994, Jack Galante decided to build a winery and use some of his grapes to produce ultra-premium estate bottled wines. Today Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Monterey County and all of California.

Sabrina Manzoni Sabrina Manzoni

Sabrina Manzoni

Manzoni Cellars

Fine winemaking is both an art and a passion, but also requires an understanding of the science of alchemy. The Manzoni family relies on the idea of terroir. This is the time-honored method of combining soil, slope, sun exposure, with a nod to the gods of weather that let the grape varieties show their unique characteristics.

Scott Scheid

Scheid Vineyards

Scott Scheid grew up just south of Los Angeles in the town of Costa Mesa. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, he moved to New York City and became an options trader with E.F. Hutton. In 1986, after a successful stint on Wall Street, Scott was invited by his father to join the family business. In addition to managing the young winegrowing enterprise, Scott was integral in the plan to buy out the remaining partners and rename the company Scheid Vineyards.

Scott is an ardent supporter of the California wine industry in general and Monterey County in particular. He served as the director of the California Association of Winegrape Growers for nine years and as President of Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association. He is also a member of the Cadre of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, Monterey Chapter. Scott currently serves on the board of directors for the Monterey Jazz Festival./

Scott likes to say that if wine is the storyline of his life, then jazz is the soundtrack. He and his wife, Nancy, met years ago at a jazz club, and to this day they share a passion for this uniquely American musical genre. They attended their first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1991 and haven’t missed one since. Scott and Nancy live in Monterey County and have two daughters who share their love of music and wine.

Scott Scheid
Scott Scheid

Scott Scheid

Scheid Vineyards

One of the wonderful things about the wine industry is the number of family-run enterprises that exist. Our family truly does believe that it is a privilege to get to work together every day.

When Al Scheid founded Scheid Vineyards in 1972, he didn’t imagine that his children would one day be working with him. He also didn’t envision that the many quotable sayings he uses on a regular basis would be repeated – often – by his Scheid team.

Sabrine Rodems Sabrine Rodems

Sabrine Rodems

Scratch Wines

Sabrine received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Theatre, Film and Television and worked in the film and theatre industry for many years before deciding to go back to school to earn her Master's of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. For many years Sabrine has been making highly acclaimed wines from some of the best vineyards in California.

Working in the Central Coast and Monterey area has given her access to some of the best cool climate grapes in the world.

Keith Prader

Shale Canyon Wines

Shale Canyon Wines is comprised of winemaker Ken Gallegos and the Prader family (Jake, Tim and Keith).  “Kenny’s” marvelous palette, perfectionist nature and very patient approach to traditional winemaking produces wines of superb character.

The Praders roll up their sleeves during harvest and bottling, and provide resources and support to insure the artisan winemaker can direct his focus on crafting wines exemplifying the grape. When you sample Kenny’s wine, you will agree that his talent is a secret meant to be shared and that his wines have outstanding nose, mouth feel and finish.

Keith Prader
Keith Prader

Keith Prader

Shale Canyon Wines

Shale Canyon Wines is comprised of winemaker Ken Gallegos and the Prader family (Jake, Tim and Keith).  “Kenny’s” marvelous palette, perfectionist nature and very patient approach to traditional winemaking produces wines of superb character.

The Praders roll up their sleeves during harvest and bottling, and provide resources and support to insure the artisan winemaker can direct his focus on crafting wines exemplifying the grape. When you sample Kenny’s wine, you will agree that his talent is a secret meant to be shared and that his wines have outstanding nose, mouth feel and finish.

Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri

Silvestri Vineyards

Finding his voice in music, Alan Silvestri traveled to Los Angeles in search of his dream through the pursuit of his art. Music was his vehicle for expression but food and wine, the staples of life at home, were never far from his heart. After meeting his wife Sandra in 1978, they would often travel back east where family events and occasions were always marked by wonderful food served with Jenny and Joe's homemade wine.

In 1989 they moved north to Carmel and bought an old house that inspired them to once again take a chance and commit to a new part of the world. With the planting of these vines, rooted in the rich and fertile land of Carmel Valley, the Silvestri's once again have roots...they once again have that elusive sense of being "home."

Jim & Judy Schultze

Windy Oaks Estate

Windy Oaks was founded in 1996 by Jim and Judy Schultze, on a windy ridge in Corralitos, overlooking Monterey Bay, they planted their first three acres of Pinot Noir. With Jim as Winemaker, they produced their first vintage of Pinot Noir in 1999. The next year, they built the new winery building and continued to expand their Pinot Noir plantings, while also planting an acre of Chardonnay. Today, they farm a total of 26 acres of Pinot noir and their original acre of Chardonnay.

Early in 2011, their son Spencer joined Windy Oaks as assistant winemaker, upon completing the Winemaking Certification program at UC Davis. On Saturdays, when the tasting room is open, you will often find the Schultze’s other son James assisting Judy in the tasting room.

Jim and Judy Schultze
Jim and Judy Schultze

Jim & Judy Schultze

Windy Oaks Estate

Windy Oaks was founded in 1996 by Jim and Judy Schultze, on a windy ridge in Corralitos, overlooking Monterey Bay, they planted their first three acres of Pinot Noir. With Jim as Winemaker, they produced their first vintage of Pinot Noir in 1999. The next year, they built the new winery building and continued to expand their Pinot Noir plantings, while also planting an acre of Chardonnay. Today, they farm a total of 26 acres of Pinot noir and their original acre of Chardonnay.

Early in 2011, their son Spencer joined Windy Oaks as assistant winemaker, upon completing the Winemaking Certification program at UC Davis. On Saturdays, when the tasting room is open, you will often find the Schultze’s other son James assisting Judy in the tasting room.

Michael Thomas Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Wrath Winery

The Thomas family bought San Saba Vineyards in late 2007 and has set out to dramatically change the estate’s wine and viticulture. Wrath is the brainchild of co-owner and wine director Michael Thomas.

Michael works closely with his mother Barbara, Wrath’s other owner. Combining this passion for wine with his years of working with soil as an archaeologist, the wine business seemed like an appropriate direction. Thomas saw many similarities between the rural and fertile Salinas Valley and the dramatic countryside of Italy.