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Chalone Vineyard
Photo courtesy: Monterey County vintners & Growers Association

Fast facts about wine in the Monterey Peninsula.

By Jill K. Robinson

Monterey County is a respected premier wine-growing region, and these numbers tell the tale — from history to the area's importance in California's wine production.

1771

Year Franciscan friars, at the Spanish missions of Soledad and San Antonio,
planted the first crop of Spanish Mission grapes

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Soledad Mission
Photo courtesy: SeeMonterey.com

9

Smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVA) located within Monterey County

46,000

Acres of planted vineyards

349

Total vineyards in Monterey County

53

Different varietals used in local wine production

72

Bonded wineries in Monterey County

67

Tasting rooms to visit

9

Percentage that Monterey County represents in the state's total wine grape cultivation

1919

Year commercial wine production began in Monterey County, at Chalone Vineyard

4

Past consecutive Pinot Noir vintages that have rated highest of all California Pinot Noir regions
(according to Wine Spectator)