A visit to Carmel Valley takes you right to the center of Monterey Wine Country, where a community of family-owned wineries welcome you and your four-legged friends. From anywhere in Carmel Valley three wine roads are only minutes away, presenting many possibilities for an afternoon escape or a lifetime relationship. Your choices:
- Stay close and visit the dog-friendly winery tasting rooms within easy access of Carmel Valley Road, including Boekenoogen-Carmel Valley, Joullian Vineyards, Talbott Vineyards, and Bernardus (where they say “dogs welcome with well-behaved people”).
- Head up over the Laureles Grade, east on Highway 68 then south on River Road (paralleling Highway 101) and you’ll find the dog-crazy River Road Wine Trail on the Santa Lucia bench above the Salinas Valley. Almost all of the charming and intimate tasting rooms are dog-friendly, including those at Hahn SLH Estates, Manzoni Estate, Smith Family Wines, Pessagno, Ray Franscioni, Scheid, Sycamore Cellars, Talbott and Wrath.
- The third of our wine trails runs along the beautiful† stretch of coastline encompassing Carmel-by-the-Sea, Cannery Row in Monterey and the whole of Monterey Bay. Our favorites include Cima Colina (where they donate 25 percent of the profits of the Howling Good Red to the local SPCA), Figge, Galante, Pierce Ranch and Morgan.