California Wine Regions
Browse Wineries

Monterey » Bernardus Winery

« Back
Winery Search
Napa Valley Wineries
Paso Robles Wineries
Santa Barbara Wineries
Sonoma Wineries
San Luis Obispo Wineries
Mendocino Wineries
Monterey Wineries
Santa Clara Wineries
Santa Cruz Wineries
Sierra Foothills Wineries
Temecula Wineries
Lodi Wineries
Livermore Wineries
Lake County Wineries
Ventura & Malibu Wineries
San Joaquin Valley Wineries
San Diego Wineries
SF East Bay Wineries
CWA Poll
What is the best way to discover new wines & wineries?
Attend wine festivals
Wine country wine touring
Tasting at wine bars
Restaurant food & wine events
Wine shop tastings
Read articles in the wine press
Social media blogs
Food & Wine
How To Match
Pairing Cheese & Wine
Wine Country Recipes
Wine Shop
Napa Wine Bargains
Deals at
Wine Stuff
Wine Glossary
Wine Grape Varieties
Taste For Free Maps
Ask the Winemaker
How To Technically Taste Wine
Tasting Room Etiquette
Advisor Favorite Videos
All About Barrels
Seven Tips for Wine Events
Five Steps To a Perfect Wine Country Weekend
Father of California Wine
Taste The Stars
Santa Barbara and its 100 wineries
How To Read A Wine Label
More Stuff
Wine Tasting Links Member Rating
Map Winery
Email Page to a Friend
Save to CWA Favorites
Add to Wine Tasting Itinerary
Write Your Own Winery Review

Bernardus Winery

5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 675-5341

Tasting:   Open 11 to 5pm daily
Tasting fee $5 and $10 for reserve wines
Tasting fee refunded with every $75 spent
Price Range:   $20 to $80
Established:   1993
Vineyards:   50 acres
  45,000 cases

Bernardus Winery Description

The Dutch owner of Bernardus set out to grow traditional Bordeaux grapes and make superior wines. In doing so, he chose the upper Carmel Valley to plant his vineyard and create his wines. Of the 220 acres, 50 acres have been planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. He also sources Chardonnay grapes from multiple vineyards to combine differing fruit and acidity levels into his final product.

Wines are aged in oak tanks and barrels specially crafted for Bernardus in the French regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Oak is purchased from many different coopers in France in order to allow for blending of different flavors, which is known as "the spice-rack approach". Their flagship wine is the Bordeaux blend “Mariunus” which is the owner’s middle name and the name of his vineyard property. Bernardus also produces a Pinot Noir from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the cooler Santa Maria Valley. A six-foot transparent tube is also on display showing the various layers of rock, shale, and soil that make up the soil profile of the vineyards.

The tasting room is the “corner office” of their single-story business building located in the heart of the village of Carmel Valley. Inside the cozy space are tile floors and two long tasting bars. There are photographs of their vineyards and relief maps on the walls. Large-format bottles, along with logo clothing, glassware, and wine accessories are displayed for sale. For upscale accommodations in the Valley, visit the 57-room Bernardus Lodge just a few miles down the road.


Bernardus Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Storefront only
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop
Write Your Own Winery Review

Bernardus Winery Reviews

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
Paul_McCrone, Salinas
We did not go to the tasting room, but to their restaurant, right there at the vineyard, where they also have very nice lodging. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Since we ate dinner there, I did not really talk to a sommelier, but the dinner was excellent. My favorite wine was the Sauvingnon Blanc. I strongly recommend stopping at this vineyard for a fine dining experience! It is also a fine place for a vacation. Fine lodging facilities!

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
Bernardus one of the best
NapaWino, Fresno
Very large space located in Carmel Valley. Nice people working as well, they know all about the area!

Review Disclaimer

The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

Advanced Winery Search
CWA Members

Free Membership
Recent Newsletters

Wine Country
About CWA | Contact Us | Advertise with CWA | List Your Winery | Site Map | Privacy/Affiliate Policy | Promote Your Winery on CWA