Not only is Holman Ranch a hidden gem in the Carmel Valley, it’s wine is an up-and-coming find for connoisseurs and features benefits especially key for locals.
Holman Ranch has been producing organic and sustainable wine since 2011. All grapes are grown on site, then pressed elsewhere, and returned to the ranch for bottling. Getting Holman Wine isn’t easy, making their wine clubs the easiest way to get the wine to you. This stuff isn’t sold at BevMo. It’s a smaller batch estate wine that is worth the effort to find. There is a Holman Ranch Tasting Room in Carmel Valley open daily that is worth the stop when in the area. Otherwise, their two wine club options are they way to get your hands on their wine, including limited production varieties.
The benefits of the wine club are noteworthy for locals because it includes invitations to private Holman Ranch events, including an October adult candy tour, with wine and chocolate pairings. It’s an adult Halloween. The Grand Estate Club includes a two night stay at Holman Ranch, as well.
My favorites: Hunter’s Cuvee, and Sweet Love, a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc. I like moscato, but it’s often too sweet. Sweet Love is the perfect solution with the right blend of sweetness and restraint. It doesn’t go overboard unlike how moscato can. Another noteworthy dessert wine on the way is a port that we were able to try in their wine cave. It had cognac added, which made the wine deeper and richer. It was very nice.