In the world of great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the words “cool climate” have become shorthand for a more refined and elegant style of wine, where complex and delicately layered aromas evolve into beautifully delineated flavors, underscored by racy natural acidity. Those who aspire to make the most thoughtful and sophisticated expressions of this kind of wine practice their craft on the extreme cool-climate edges of California viticulture. Perched seven miles from the Pacific Ocean on a mountaintop, Albatross Ridge is a vineyard on this edge.

Our twenty-five acres of pinot noir and chardonnay are rooted upon a rolling Carmel Valley ridge rising 1250 feet in elevation overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Carmel bay in the distance. Planted in 2008, the vineyard came into production in the fall of 2010. Our creed and passion is to grow wine of distinction and to honor the unique soils, setting, and micro-climate that we are privileged to call our own.


Tasting Rooms

In order to comply with the most recent announcement that indoor bars and tasting rooms be closed in Monterey County, both of our locations are now open for outdoor tastings. Our brand new Carmel Valley Tasting Cottage has an expansive outdoor tasting deck with ample room for safe distancing. Plus our newly built tasting deck at the Carmel-by-the-Sea location features al fresco street sipping! Because occupancy will be limited at both locations, we encourage reservations. Hope to see you soon!


Wine Club

When you decide to be a member of Albatross Ridge we welcome you as a member of our family. Our promise is to provide you with exceptional wines that we give you exclusive access to in each allocation. All of our member events are designed to cater to the wine aficionado with the highest of expectations at our tasting room and our estate vineyard. Join one of our exclusive clubs today.

You may also join us on our journey through paradise as we host luxurious events at our tasting room by the sea and mountain top vineyard. Each event is designed to create unforgettable moments and stories that we can share with each other over time. Only the highest caliber caterers, chefs, musicians, and entertainers are chosen to collaborate with us at each of our events. We hope that you may join us.


May we recommend…

Our 2014 Albatross Ridge Cuvée Vivienne Pinot Noir

“Named after the winemaker’s daughter, this bottling shows thyme-laced pomegranate-punch aromas on the nose that smells like the chaparral that surrounds the vineyard. Potpourri and sachet flavors arise on the palate, giving nuance to the tart red fruits of cranberry and pomegranate. Strong oregano, thyme and marjoram herbs add depth.” 94 Points: Superb; A great achievement

-Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusiast | February 2016