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Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley has many aspects that set it apart from other wineries. Winemaker Dean De Korth learned his craft exclusively in France, studying at the Lycée Viticole and University of Dijon, as well as working for top producers in Burgundy. And there’s an air of exclusivity about Bernardus Winery, which is only open one day of the year for a wine club members harvest luncheon. And few wineries are linked with a luxury resort like the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Bernardus Lodge, which showcases its balanced and complex chardonnays, pinot noirs and sauvignon blancs alongside exquisite cuisine. But the winemaker humbly says the thing that sets the award-winning winery apart is the fact that they’re able to make their wine with fruit from only the best grape growers in the Central Coast region. “The quality of the fruit sets the level of quality for the wines — that’s the whole concept of terroir,” De Korth says. Winery owner Bernardus “Ben” Pon wants to create top-quality wines, and he makes it possible for them to obtain the best grapes.