Monterey Wine Trolley: The Complete Review of Monterey Wine Tours @ Carmel Valley!


During our visit to the wine countries of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, we chanced upon the Monterey Wine Trolley in the small but beautiful city of Monterey. There, we also got the chance to visit the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as Exotics on Cannery Row – a luxury car exhibition.

About Monterey Wine Trolley

Monterey Wine Trolley, as the name suggests, is a vehicle (think San Francisco Trolleys) that brings you to Carmel Valley for sessions of wine tasting. Depending on the package that you choose, you will have different number of tastings according to the following…

Trolley Special ($109): Wine Tasting @ 3 Venues / Lunch
Fore Play ($129): Wine Tasting @ 4 Venues / Lunch / Bottle of Wine
High Life ($149): Wine Tasting @ 5 Venues / Lunch / Bottle of Wine / Wine Trolley Glass
High Life ($189): Wine Tasting @ 4 Venues / Lunch / Bottle of Wine / Wine Trolley Glass / Entry to Moto Talbott Museum

You’ll meet up at Whart Market Place (290 Figueroa St., Monterey) where you’ll collect your tickets and items (according to the package that you choose above). Once all the passengers are onboard, you’ll leave on one of the historic trolleys of either “Glory” or “Mona Lisa”. There could also be a possibility that you’ll be leaving on a van if there is a really small turn-out. Do confirm your “ride” before the day of the tour to avoid disappointment!

Inside Monterey Wine Tour Trolley
Monterey Wine Tour Historic Trolley
Monterey Wine Tour Historic Trolley

Wine Tastings at Carmel Valley

After a 20 minutes ride from Monterey (enjoy the beautiful views!), you’ll arrive at the wine tasting zone at East Carmel Valley Road. There, we were shown all the wineries where we can use our wine tasting coasters.

Wineries you can visit with Monterey Wine Trolley @ Carmel Valley
Wineries you can visit with Monterey Wine Trolley @ Carmel Valley
Monterey Wine Trolley Coasters
Monterey Wine Trolley Coasters

Each guest will receive the number of coasters according to your package. This time, we chose the basic Trolley Special with 3 wine tastings. With 3 tastings, we received 3 coasters. Once you’re at the winery, simply place your coaster on the bar and you’ll be treated to the wine tastings (between 3 to 7 tastes) at that winery.

Wine tasting at Chesebro Wines Carmel Valley
Wine tasting at Chesebro Wines Carmel Valley

Before we left on our own to visit the wineries, we were told that we can travel between wineries by taking this tractor…

Tractor Carmel Valley Wine Tasting
Tractor Carmel Valley Wine Tasting

Aboard, you’ll also be treated to some beers. Simply tip $5 and you can get a couple of beers as well as the transfer. Not too bad 😉

$5 Tip for Tractor ride in Carmel Valley
$5 Tip for Tractor ride in Carmel Valley

Monterey Wine Trolley Wineries

During our visit to Carmel Valley with Monterey Wine Tours, we visited Chesebro Wines

Chesebro Wines Carmel
Chesebro Wines Carmel
Wine Tasting List Chesebro Wines
Wine Tasting List Chesebro Wines
Inside Chesebro Wines
Inside Chesebro Wines

Lunch at Roux Restaurant Carmel which was quite good. It consisted of an appetizer, sangria as well as a mains (choice of burger or pasta).

Lunch at Roux Restaurant Monterey Wine Tours
Lunch at Roux Restaurant Monterey Wine Tours
Appetizer & Sangria at Roux Restaurant Carmel Valley
Appetizer & Sangria at Roux Restaurant Carmel Valley
Choice of Burger @ Roux
Choice of Burger @ Roux
Or pasta @ Roux
Or pasta @ Roux

Next, we headed to Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Carmel
Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Carmel
Inside Heller Estate Organic Vineyards
Inside Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Then Boekenoogen Winery Tasting

Inside Boekenoogen Winery Tasting
Inside Boekenoogen Winery Tasting
Wine Tasting List @ Boekenoogen Winery Tasting
Wine Tasting List @ Boekenoogen Winery Tasting


Then Joyce Vineyards

Joyce Vineyards Carmel
Joyce Vineyards Carmel
Joyce Wine Company Monterey County
Joyce Wine Company Monterey County
Wine Tasting List @ Joyce Vineyards
Wine Tasting List @ Joyce Vineyards

And lastly, Cima Collina Tasting Room

Cima Collina Tasting Room Carmel Monterey County
Cima Collina Tasting Room Carmel Monterey County
Wine Tasting List @ Cima Collina Tasting
Wine Tasting List @ Cima Collina Tasting

At this point, you’ll be wondering…”Tom & Kate, didn’t you guys opt for the Trolley Special that allows only 3 venues? How did you guys visit 5 tasting rooms instead?

For us, besides the first tasting at Chesebro Wines where we had individual tastings, we actually shared tastings at the remaining 4 wine tasting sessions. A great option if you’d like to enjoy the tastings but not get too wasted. This option was just nice for us by the way. But if you really want to have your own flight at each wine tasting room, you can actually go back to the trolley and purchase more coasters at a slightly cheaper price compared than at the tasting room itself.

Where to stay in Monterey?

Due to the rich (and stylish) staying at the areas of Carmel and Monterey City, there are several top hotels in Monterey such as the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey as well as Portola Hotel and Spa. Located next to the Pacific Ocean, these hotels offer breath-taking views and some of the best spa services in Monterey!

InterContinental The Clement Monterey
InterContinental The Clement Monterey

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Video Tour of our wine tastings with Monterey Wine Trolley Tours

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