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Tasting Rooms on Cannery Row

There is much to see and do on Cannery Row. Monterey Bay Aquarium  is the big attraction, but there are plenty of other sites to visit. Children and adults can very much enjoy a day or two  in Monterey’s historic area. For adults who like wine, there is some good wine tasting to be had on Cannery Row.

Four tasting rooms on Cannery Row

  • Taste of Monterey – taste an overview of Monterey wines
  • Bargetto Winery – starting date of 1933 in Santa Cruz
  • Carmel Ridge Winery – boutique winery, small production
  • Pierce Ranch Vineyards – unique blends from the San Antonio Valley

Additional information on the four Cannery Row tasting rooms

Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro

This is the best spot to start your wine tasting. At this wine market, you’ll have a chance to sample many of the outstanding wines of the region. It is located on the second floor of the old Sardine Cannery. The views of the Bay are fantastic. There are a few wine tasting options, and one can also have some delicious small plates to pair with the wines. Over 95 Monterey County wineries are represented.  The Tasting room is at  700 Cannery Row and it is open Sunday-Wednesday, 11am to 7pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am to 8pm (Food Service Daily, Noon to closing). Taste of Monterey

Bargetto Winery

Bargetto Winery is one of the oldest wineries in California and perhaps the oldest in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. It all started in 1933.  The winery is located in the seaside town of Soquel near Santa Cruz. There, one can take a winery tour and taste their wines. The Cannery Row tasting room is a great stop to relax while touring all the fun places at Cannery Row. It is a cozy tasting room and the Bargetto staff is very informative. The tasting room is located in the same building as Taste of Monterey. Bargetto is on the ground floor. The Bargetto tasting room is open Sunday-Thursday, 11a.m – 6:30pm. Friday & Saturday, 11am – 7pm.  Bargetto Tasting Room

Carmel Ridge Winery

The Carmel Ridge Winery is also located in the same building as Bargetto and has a similar-looking storefront and atmosphere. The winery has won many top awards in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions. We tried four wines on our last visit and the wines were excellent. This is a small boutique winery focusing on vineyards in Monterey County.  The tasting room is very pleasant and we enjoyed sitting at the window doing some serious people watching while sipping wine. The Carmel Ridge tasting room is open daily at noon. The tasting room closes in the late evening.  Carmel Ridge Winery 

Pierce Ranch Vineyards

The Pierce Ranch tasting room is not on Cannery Row, but just a short walk away from the main Cannery Row activity. From the 700 Cannery Row building where the above tasting rooms are located, walk south on Cannery Row to Hoffman Avenue. Turn up (right) Hoffman and then a left on Wave to 499 Wave Street. Pierce Ranch produces a number of interesting labels, blends and single varieties in small lots. Most of these wines come the San Antonio Valley in Monterey County. For something much different, try the Pierce Ranch Vineyards tasting room. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 12-7pm. Friday and Saturday, 12-8pm. Sunday 12-6.pm. Pierce Ranch