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“Great wine. Excellent experience.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holman Ranch

Holman Ranch
19 East Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
+1 831-659-2640
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Activities: Horseback riding
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Owner description: Holman Ranch's Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (5 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rose of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.Tastings are offered daily for $5 per tasting. A standard tasting includes five varietals. The tasting fee is waived with the purchase of $50 or more in wine.The tasting room is open Sun - Thurs from 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Fri - Sat from 12:00 pm- 7 pm, and can be reserved for private events.
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“Great wine. Excellent experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a review of the tasting room located in the winery row. We stopped here based on a recommendation. Nick was working and handling the tasting. He did a great job and his wine was very good. He explained the Holman operation and history. We were very pleased with our experience.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional wines & great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We visited the Holman Ranch tasting room in Carmel Valley in June 2013. We were impressed with the wines and the service. They offered three different wine flights; whites, reds or mixed, costing $5 for 3 wines. We decided on the white flight, which included a sauvignon blanc, a pinot gris, and a chardonnay. The server also gave us a free taste of an additional chardonnay and a rosé and we got try Holman's olive oil. The rosé and pinot gris both stood out for us. The server was very knowledgeable about the wines and the history of Holman Ranch which was very interesting to hear. Holman Ranch tasting room is a must do if you are wine tasting in Carmel Valley.

Visited June 2013
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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“Wonderful place for a wedding...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The Holman Ranch is a wonderful picturesque location. My wife and I traveled from Rhode Island for a good friend's wedding. The accommodations are excellent although the rooms could use slightly more ambient light. Not an issue at all!Had a great dinner and the barn was a nice little venue to cut loose in. If you plan on running or biking while in the area, bring your climbing legs...us flatlanders are not used to such pitches in elevation! Ownership is very nice and hands-off. You basically have the run of the ranch. Would definitely go back again. In addition to a phenomenal wedding location, I would recommend Holman for a corporate retreat, family gathering or just a place to....well...unwind.

Visited May 2012
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“Very secluded beautiful property.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I was invited here as part of a Carmel Valley fundraiser for local non profit companies. There are beautiful hillsides, beautiful vegetation, and the setting just lends itself to being able to relax and enjoy in an area of the Monterey/Carmel area that avoids most fog, and has temperatures in the 70's on a regular basis.

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San Diego, California
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“Can you have high-end cache, and still be regular folks?? Apparently yes!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This place is like the perfect setting for seeing the REAL California. The owners are regular folks, not some spawn of a nutty hotel family that shows up on reality shows. I'm a native Southern Californian and if I were bringing in guests for the "real California" experience, this would be a must-hit place. It's really peaceful and yeah, the property goes WAY back to the 1800s, but rennovations bringing it up to modern standards will be obvious to any homeowner. Pathways, patios, lighting, landscaping... I was reminding myself, it's a private home, not a hotel. Did I mention this place is a winery too? Okay, just keep that little tidbit in mind.
I was clueless about this being a sought-after set up for any kind of event/party/wedding/reunion you would want to do for a couple-three hundred people. How awesomely romantic would it be to get married here? Or just throw the most amazing birthday and tri-tip barbecue ever?
I thought they just had the main building that the family stays in, but they have bungalows that friends and family can sleep in if you use it for a big Godfather wedding scene bash. I was able to get some pictures of the private-event area that's closed to the public, unless you are supposed to be there (oops). There's a pool and poolhouse on property too, but I didn't get close enough to take a real picture.

Visited January 2013
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nelliott1, Owner at Holman Ranch, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thank you so much for your thoughts and for sharing them with the world. At Holman Ranch, hospitality and making guests feel at home is our number one goal. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and it was our pleasure to meet you and host you at our home. We hope to see you again sometime soon and please keep sharing your experience. We love making new friends! Thanks!
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