The Bernardus Winery (5 W. Carmel Valley Rd., 800/223-2533, www.bernardus.com/winery, daily 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $5–10) sits on a vineyard estate that also hosts a connected luxurious lodge and gourmet restaurant.
Bernardus creates a small list of wines. The grapes growing all around you go into the pride of the winery: the Bordeaux-style blended red Marinus Vineyard wine. Other varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc) come from cool coastal vineyards.
If you’re interested and lucky, you might also get to sip some small-batch vintages of single-vineyard wines that are available only in the tasting room.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition