Located in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Winery specializes in Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals. Every part of the winemaking process is handled with extreme care and precision. This includes adding carefully selected yeast types and careful French oak treatment. Mark Chesebro has been head winemaker since 1999.
Owner Ben Pon had an opportunity to plant vines anywhere in the world, but he decided on the Carmel Valley because of its unique climate and terrain. His wines are known for the texture and spice that the oak adds to them.
Bernardus owns two distinct vineyards that are very different from each other. The 50 acre Carmel vineyard is committed to growing red Bordeaux varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. The other vineyard is located in a cooler, more coastal part of Monterey County, and grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Bernardus currently has four categories that their wines fall into: Estate Wines, Vineyard Designate, Limited Release, and Monterey County. The Estate Wines are produced from grapes grown in their vineyards and include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a Bordeaux blend called Marinus.
The Monterey County collection includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Marsanne, and Sauvignon Blanc. Bernardus Winery’s Vineyard Designate and Limited Release wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc