Our Monterey County story is bigger than wine, but we proudly let wine tell our story.
Monterey County is world-renowned as a cornucopia of splendor: Big Sur’s rugged shore, Carmel’s bleached sands, Pebble Beach’s gentle tide pools, and the Salinas Valley’s fertile soils (made renowned by John Steinbeck) paired with the unmatched weather and inexhaustible hospitality. These elements offer more than the perfect conditions for luxuriating and activity; they provide the ideal terrain, climate, and soil for the sundry vineyards and wineries populating the region. Monterey County wine remains unequaled in flavor, character, and balance. More importantly, we embrace each visitor like family.
Our story began over two hundred and fifty years ago at the Spanish mission of Soledad, where Franciscan friars planted the first crop of wine grapes. Since then, the area has blossomed into approximately 40,000 acres of vineyards. Still, it was not until the early 1960’s that Monterey County received the recognition it deserves as a wine-producing region with a climate comparable to esteemed areas like Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Over the years, as the demand for table wines rose, Monterey County rose to the occasion to satisfy it by establishing multitudes of new vineyards and wineries. Eventually, this solidified its reputation as one of California’s key premium grape-growing regions, worth over $200 million.
The refined taste of France has never been so close. (And it’s not only France, we also grow Portuguese,Spanish, and Italian varietals.) Monterey Wine Country’s historical roots run deep, and our roots have proudly absorbed each watershed moment to create an unmatched experience. Learn more about our storied past below.
Board of Directors
It takes more than the perfect elements and conditions to make this all possible. Ultimately, our Board of Directors enables us to produce California’s premier wine. The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVG) utilizes the talents and resources of members, partners, and our community to promote and support our leadership in the art, science, and business of winemaking. Browse our renowned Board of Directors below:
President: John Holder, Scheid Family Wines
Secretary: Niki Wente, Wente Vineyards
Treasurer: Silvano Botta, Constellation
Cesca Dentice, Wrath Wines
Danielle Long, Valley Farm Management/Smith Family Wines
Greg Freeman, Foley Family: Chalone Winery & Vineyards
Herb Rowland, E & J Gallo Winery
Jeff Ottoboni, Folktale Group
Katie Dirkes, Above and Beyond Real Estate
Kirstie Dyer, Holman Ranch
Kristen McIntyre, McIntyre Vineyards, Inc
Lawrence Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Paul Johnson, Fennacy Wine Company
Scott Quilty, Jackson Family Wines
Vince Berry, Hahn Family Wines
We are only as knowledgeable and capable as our unparalleled and passionate staff. Ultimately, the Monterey Wine Country experience is impossible without each team member. Reach out below to learn more about our staff:
We proudly support our community and make a difference through scholarships, research, and more.
The Monterey County Vintners and Growers Foundation donates its time, talents, and financial resources generously and consistently to support and elevate the community. Our primary areas of focus are:
- Providing scholarships for high school seniors in Monterey wine industry families.
- Funding research focused on relevant issues to the Monterey wine industry.
- Providing relief and responding to urgent community needs.