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Address: 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9577
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+1 831-624-2600
08:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Chateau Julien Wine Estate is located on 16 acres in Carmel Valley,...

Chateau Julien Wine Estate is located on 16 acres in Carmel Valley, California. The winery boasts breathtaking vistas of the lush green valley surrounded by the majestic Carmel Valley Mountains. The vineyard is highlighted throughout the seasons - from the breaking buds of spring to summer's lush leaf canopy and the abundant grape cluster display of fall. As the only winery on the Monterey Peninsula open to the public for tours, we invite you for a full wine estate experience!

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We have been to many wineries and tastings in Napa and Sonoma. This was our first near Carmel. We appreciate wineries who give nominal fee tastings and refund the cost if wine is... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2014
Mark C
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Bellaire, Texas
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We just stumbled on Folktale as we were driving through the Carmel valley. They recently took over this property. It was amazing. The gardens are beyond beautiful and they give you a free taste of Brut when you arrive. They are open late and often have live music. Plus they have fun outdoor games to enjoy as well. Everyone who... More 

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Orange, CA
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32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

We have been here a number of times over the years. We always stopped here on our last stop after wine tasting at a few other wineries. We would have a picnic outside in their beautiful garden area where you could see some of the vineyard. They were always accommodating. We even met the owners a few years back. This... More 

Thank jcborange
Massillon, Ohio
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2015

For those of you that have had less than a acceptable experience, they will soon change their name. I will never buy another bottle of wine from this place regardless of what they are doing as they lied to me on the phone when I was looking for the person that I worked with for about 20 years and they... More 

3 Thank Bigguy0055
Fenton, Michigan
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153 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015

This was the only vineyard we visited in the Carmel area and it was well worth the time we spent there. We chose this vineyard since our Carmel hotel (Tickle Pink Inn) served their wine (Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon). We had a great wine tasting leader in a young woman who knew what she was talking about. We appreciated that... More 

2 Thank jimgreiner
Appleton, Wisconsin
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190 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2014 via mobile

We have been to many wineries and tastings in Napa and Sonoma. This was our first near Carmel. We appreciate wineries who give nominal fee tastings and refund the cost if wine is purchased. Chateau Julien fits this criteria. We tasted five wines and bought a bottle of one. The setting is lovely, but better still was the woman explaining... More 

Thank Mark C
Mamou, Louisiana
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241 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Lovely setting in the Carmel Valley. Grounds were very nice. Could not rate higher, as we arrived early on labor day. We waited for the opening, and were greeted by a young lady who was very nice, but could offer no help, as she was the only person on the grounds. We asked for a quick tour, but there was... More 

Thank Mike D
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

3 of us stopped on a quiet Sunday afternoon and were treated to the sole attention of the staff who spent quite a bit of time with us. We did the tasting and the staff person did all she could to explain the history of the place, the wine making philosophy, the setting, and even had us sample a little... More 

2 Thank Di7740
Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We had a very negative experience with the people running this winery. We contacted them about a tour one week out, and asked if we would be able to have lunch at the facility, to which the Chateau Julien people responded that they could put something together for us when we got there. After later realizing our schedule would not... More 

Thank Colin M
ChateauJulien, Assistant Director of Marketing at Chateau Julien, responded to this review

Dear Colin, I want to apologize for the miscommunication and any aggravation you feel regarding your lunch and tour reservation on 11/26/13. I am so sorry if you feel you were mistreated. We do have a cancellation policy in writing (see below) however it was our error for not making you aware of it from the beginning. Since this situation... More 

Great Falls, Montana
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85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Unlike many of the tasting rooms in the area, Chateau Julien had fantastic grounds include vines on site. The tasting room was also the nicest in the area, modeled after a French estate. Another bonus is that it happens to be only mid-way up the Carmel valley and thus closer to town than the Carmel Valley Village cluster of tasting... More 

1 Thank Brian A
San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

This stop was part of my anniversary California vacation and my husband was such a good sport for agreeing to go. My husband is not one for wine in any form or fashion but he did enjoy the time we spent here. I planned our vacation to allow time while in Carmel to visit a local winery. I had recommendations... More 

1 Thank Tulang67

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