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Monterey, California


Kris Kato

Monterey’s Salinas Valley is a hauntingly beautiful landscape located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Carmel Road was founded in 1999 to produce compelling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Panorama Vineyard and other estate sites along the eastern and western foothills of the Salinas Valley.

The climate here is driven by the Blue Grand Canyon, a massive geological formation below Monterey Bay that is 60 miles long and more than 10,000 feet deep. Its cold waters create the fog and brisk winds that sweep the Salinas Valley each day, creating conditions that are ideal for Burgundian varieties.

The 415-acre Panorama Vineyard, the primary fruit source for Carmel Road, is located on a bench in the Arroyo Seco AVA. It is the largest, single, high-density planting of Pinot Noir in America. The competition for water and nutrients within each block forces the vines to put more of their energy into ripening the fruit. This results in wines with heightened aromatics, incredible concentration and greater complexity.

Wine is all about the journey. For renowned actress Drew Barrymore, the allure of that journey and the chance to create an offering to share with her family and friends propelled her to delve into the world of wine. A true collaboration, Barrymore Wines and Carmel Road brings together two family-owned companies with deep roots in California. Carmel Road focuses on expressive wines with unique personalities, and brings that same spirit to the Barrymore Pinot Grigio.

Carmel Road’s winemaker is Kris Kato who attended Oregon State University’s fermentation science program. Working at wineries both big and small along the Central Coast, Kris’ experience has prepared him for his role at Carmel Road where he focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.