Santa Lucia Highlands Educational Somm Tour July 15-18, 2019 - Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2019 Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Sommelier Tour are now open. Qualified members of the wine restaurant and retail trade to apply for this year's tour, July 15-18 in Monterey County, California. Applicants must be the primary wine buyer in a restaurant or retail role.

Tour the enchanting Santa Lucia Highlands, from the ground up spending two and a half educational and intriguing days in one of California’s top signature, cool climate winegrowing regions.

  • Visit the key properties in this mountainous, wind-scrubbed AVA. Meet the winegrowers themselves taste the wines associated with their particular terroir.
  • Taste the region’s wines and explore the distinct vineyards, differences from north to south, compare single vineyard bottlings and enjoy library wines from top producers.
  • Get technical with the vintners in the cellars on every aspect from yeasts to clones to cooperage.
  • Discuss soils, climate, clonal selection, trellising, water, sustainability and organics, alternative varietals, and latest technologies.
  • Enjoy one-on-one time with the winemakers and vintners like ROAR, Hahn Family Wines, Pisoni, Morgan, McIntyre, Wrath, Caraccioli and more as they host you at their homes and in their vineyards in a casual environment along with local food, customs and an astonishing assortment of fine wines.

Upon hotel arrival in Monterey on Monday, July 15, all lodging, meals, and tour transportation is included courtesy of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, a collective of more than 40 growers and associate members. The official program ends Wednesday, July 17. Depart Thursday, July 18.

To apply for an invitation, complete the application here or email Gwen McGill,

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