In the heart of downtown Carmel, adjacent to the Blue Dog Gallery (which my daughter and son-in-law love) and one beautiful relaxing courtyard, is where you will find one of Carmel's premier wineries. We came upon it by accident and I'm sure glad we did!
|Galante Vineyards |
The tasting room's western, rustic theme honors the 700-acre Galante cattle ranch in Carmel Valley. Lots of wonderful wine accessories, clothing, gift baskets with a western flare. Great, relaxing atmosphere here as well (I reclined on the boot-shaped chair), where the cheese and chocolates are served along with the wines.
We enjoyed 6 delightful wines ($10/flight), each unique and rich in flavor . All of Galante's wines are estate grown and have characteristics of the many regions throughout the huge estate. There is a large selection of red and white wines, ranging in price from $12 to upwards of $400. They have a nice selection of wines that are aged in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks which give different characteristics to the wine and adds to the wonderful wines offered at Galante.
The server shared with us the rich history of their vineyard. The owner's great grandfather was the founder of Carmel and a few of Carmel establishments.
We ended up buying this Olive Hill 2008 Carmel Valley Petite Sirah Estate Bottled. It's still in the wine cellar ready to be picked up and served! Can't wait! I couldn't find a 2008, but the link takes you to the 2009, which has to be fabulous. Sorry about the label being a bit torn-got to get a new wine fridge!
Both of us enjoyed coming into Galante. Here they are passionate about not only quality wines but relationships with their customers. When it comes to wine, it's all about the relationship between the buyer and the winery sharing their stories!
Visit Carmel by the Sea and Galante Vineyards!