Santa Lucia Highlands Somm Tour July 13-16, 2020 - Monterey County, CA

Join the growers and vintners of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans July 13-16, 2020 in the beautiful Santa Lucia Highlands, home to world-renown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We’re seeking sommeliers and wine directors from top restaurants and retailers who feature and focus on California’s best appellations to join us for the 2020 Somm Tour.

  • 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 small but mighty mountainous, wind-scrubbed sub-appellation in Monterey County.
  • Meet the winegrowers themselves taste the wines associated with their particular terroir.
  • Taste and explore the distinct vineyards, differences from north to south and low to high elevation, compare single-vineyard bottlings, and enjoy library wines from top producers.
  • Get hands-on and technical in the vineyards and winery with the vintners every aspect from high-touch farming, 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, Pisoni, Morgan, McIntyre, Wrath, Caraccioli, Mer Soleil and more as they host you at their homes and in their vineyards in a casual environment along with local food, customs, and alluring fine wines.

Upon hotel arrival, Monday, July 13 in Monterey County, all lodging, meals, and tour transportation is included courtesy of the vintner and growers of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, a collective of more than 50 growers and associate members. The official program ends after dinner on Wednesday, July 15. Depart on Thursday, July 16. 

To apply for an invitation to attend, complete the application form here or email Gwen McGill, for more information.

The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state's best cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompasses more than 6,500 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range in close proximity to nearby Monterey Bay. The region's unique winegrowing character was recognized with official A.V.A. status in 1991. Formed in 2005, the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is an association of vineyards and wineries that grow grapes in the S.L.H. or use the appellation's fruit to craft their vintage releases.