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Don’t worry: fine wine is no flash in the pan in the Salinas region! In fact, the earliest vinifera plantings took place as early as the 1790s, when the Spanish missionaries arrived. The area has a true Region I climate, similar to that of Burgundy in France, which means that Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah thrive here. Here are three wineries on the famous River Road Wine Trail that you really should explore while you’re here in Salinas…
 

1. Hahn Family Wines

The second generation of the Hahn family carefully oversees four estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and two estate vineyards in Arroyo Seco. Together they have created three amazing collections of wines: Hahn, Hahn SLH and Lucienne labels. Nestled in the heart of the Smith Vineyard, the tasting room in Soledad is a great place to relax on the deck, soak up some incredible views and sample some astounding wines. You’re even welcome to take a picnic along with you.
 

2. Chalone Vineyard

The oldest-producing vineyard in Monterey County, Chalone is perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above the Salinas Valley. The tasting room has some incredible views and there are some fantastic tasting options on the menu. Try a standard flight of six wines while the room host entertains you with stories of Chalone’s colorful history, or treat yourself to the mouth watering wine and cheese tasting, which pairs six fine Chalone wines with artisanal cheeses and local olive oil.
 

3. Puma Road

Puma Road has been a major grape-grower in the Salinas region for more than two decades, and the winery now produces 4,500 cases each year. The winery’s Santa Lucia Highlands tasting room is shrouded in history, as it’s located on the original homestead that the Franscioni family settled back in the 1890s.
 
If you’re coming to the Salinas region to explore the River Road Wine Trail, the Laurel Inn and Conference Center is the perfect accommodation option. The property’s pleasant rooms feature all the amenities you could wish for during your wine tasting getaway.