My fiancé and I will be spending 2 nights in Carmel this August for our honeymoon and plan to designate an entire day visiting wineries. We initially chose the Monterey/Carmel area over Napa Valley due to the region’s superior natural beauty and the less commercial vibe associated with the Carmel Valley. However, after learning about the town of Carmel’s ‘Wine Walk by the Sea’ Wine tasting passport that offers 10 different tickets at tasting rooms, I’m beginning to wonder if that may be a better option. My fiancé and I definitely appreciate wine, but we are not “winos” in that we would appreciate authentic wineries much more so than Carmel’s tasting rooms. We really enjoy leisurely walking around quaint downtowns, and it seems that we would appreciate spending the day exploring Carmel as part of this wine walk over taking the bus to Carmel Valley where the wineries seem more spread out and the town does not seem as walkable.
Is this a fair assessment or am I not giving enough credit to the town and wineries of Carmel Valley and the experience that could entail? Are there any other enjoyable wineries and/or wine-related experiences in Monterey County not as well known we may enjoy? Any input for those familiar with the area would be greatly appreciated.