Carmel Road

Monterey is considered one of the premier growing regions in California. Inland from Monterey's rugged coastline, yet directly in the path of the ocean's relentless influence, Carmel Road creates vibrant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon known for their rich flavors, firm acidity, and brilliant varietal flavors. Drawn to the area two decades ago, winemakers were attracted by the combination of cool, foggy nights and warm, sunny days that ripen fruit to perfection. From sustainably farmed vineyards that stretch across windswept benchlands, Carmel Road creates highly expressive wines.

Carmel Road vineyard

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Kris Kato, Winemaker

Winemaker Kris Kato grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he developed “the beer bug.”  But the fermentation science program at Oregon State University led him down the path of winemaking. He’s worked at Central Coast wineries large and small, and notes both experiences prepared him for his role at Carmel Road, where he focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Kris Kato Winemaker