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Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley focuses on a range of signature varietals, both white and red. Its signature white wines are chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, while the flagship reds are pinot noir and a Bordeaux-style blend called Marinus. The cool climate of the Carmel Valley makes it an ideal place for growing chardonnay and pinot noir, and the winery sources grapes from different notable vineyards around Monterey County and Santa Lucia Highlands. When guests come to the Bernardus Winery tasting room, both of the tasting flights feature sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir, as well as the Marinus, a red blend based mostly on cabernet sauvignon. The winery makes three different sauvignon blancs, including a late-harvest dessert wine, and six chardonnays, including the elegant Ingrid’s that is crafted from grapes grown on the Bernardus Lodge property. You’ll also find nine different pinot noirs and two different levels of Marinus, including a reserve wine that’s made in a very small quantity.