Monterey County enjoys cool, foggy climate that is ideal for Chardonnay. Typically, bud break begins several weeks earlier and harvest ends several weeks later than other growing regions. This extra month of time on the vine allows the grapes to develop intense, complex flavors. Monterey County houses one of the largest AVAs, the Monterey AVA, which includes nine sub-regions, united by the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay.
A destination all its own, Bridlewood blends a modern, artisan winery with rustic, Spanish-styled architecture reminiscent of California’s historic missions. Behind the mission-style facade lies an intimate winery – an artist’s workshop – where David Hopkins and a team of enologists and winemakers craft Bridlewood’s artisan wines. They spend much of their time in the barrel room, tasting different vineyard lots and blending them together to create exquisitely balanced wines that embody the unique terroir of the Central Coast.