Widely traveled and endowed with impeccable taste, Ben Pon could have chosen anywhere in the world to establish his namesake Bernardus Winery, with the intention of cultivating premier class wines. He selected Carmel Valley, with its west-facing orientation, hot days and chilly nights, and stunning beauty, confident his vineyards there could produce wines to rival the greatest on the globe. More than a quarter-century later, he’s accomplished that not only with his estate Bordeaux blend, called Marinus (after his middle name), but with a powerhouse portfolio of single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination.
Bernardus winery planted Ingrid’s Vineyard in 1999 while Bernardus Lodge was being built. The vineyard is a source of high quality grapes for the winery and also a beautiful entry way to the Lodge. Ingrid’s vineyard grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Bernardus owns 210 acres in the Cachagua region of the upper Carmel Valley on two sites. The Marinus vineyard has 36 acres, growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Join us at our tasting room in Carmel Valley and experience the Bernardus wine experience.
$12 tasting fee for a flight of 4 wines
$20 tasting fee for a flight of 4 signature reserve wines
$15 tasting fee for a flight of 4 Chardonnays
$20 tasting fee for a flight of 4 Pinot Noirs
By the glass or by the bottle.
Hours: 11am-5pm everyday