Carmel Valley's Unique Soil & Terrain
Carmel Valley has Unique Soil and Terrain throughout the Wine Region
Southeastern parts of Carmel Valley are quite protected. The valley becomes very narrow, and can shelter vines from wind and fog. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc are grown here. In the northwest of the AVA, the valley is wider and closer to the ocean. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling are planted in this part of the region.
Bernardus Winery grows and buys grapes from all over Carmel Valley, and makes some of the AVA’s leading wines. Bernardus produces 50,000 cases of wine a year and was initially developed by Robert Talbott.
Ben Pon is the current owner of the property. He also owns a hotel and a restaurant in the area. Bernardus is known primarily for Pinot Noir, but also for its light bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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