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Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

69 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-6220

Tasting:   Open Mon - Thurs 11-5pm, Fri - Sun 11-5:30pm
fee $5 and $10 for reserve wines credited with purchase
10% case discount
  Sculpture Garden
Price Range:   $18 to $40 per bottle
Established:   1976
Vineyards:   120 acres
  18,000 cases

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Description

The tasting room of Heller Estate is a quaint single-story country house with a Dutch-door entrance and an aged wooden floor. This warm cozy place has a fully stocked gift shop, spread out over a number of rooms that is a treat to explore. The tasting bar is an exquisitely carved piece of antique furniture buttressed by oak wine barrels.

Heller Estate’s motto is “MAGICAL WINES THAT DANCE ON YOUR PALATE!” The owner of the winery was born in England, and exports much of his wine to the United Kingdom. Outside the tasting room is the entrance to their wonderful garden patio. Mrs. Heller is an acclaimed artist, and her sculptures are on display throughout the property as well as in many parts of the world.

The original vineyards were planted in 1968, and the first wines were produced in 1976. The vineyards are essentially dry-farmed, the roots of the vines descending deep into the loamy, sandy soil in search of the underground "Cachagua" springs. The 120 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted at altitudes of 1,200 to 1,500 feet.

The vineyards are certified 100% organic, meaning that neither herbicides nor pesticides are used in the production of the grapes. This certification was granted after three vintages of clean farming, although the vineyards have employed organic methods from their beginning.


Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Storefront only
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Food Available
Picnic Sites
Art Gallery
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Winerific, San Diego
During my trip to Monterey, we stopped off at various locations for wine tasting. This was my least favorite of the bunch. The wine was alright but nothing overly special. They only offered red wines during the tasting as well. If I had to chose a favorite it would be the 2003 Merlot. It would go well with a steak dinner perhaps, but nonetheless the bottle was overpriced for the quality of the wine. If you're planning a Monterey, Santa Cruz or Carmel area winery trip, I wouldn't bother here. If it is part of a tour group, this winery is not horrible or anything like that, just if I had the choice I'd leave it off the itinerary.

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

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