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The Region

With vineyards dating back to the 1800s, Carmel Valley is a rugged, rustic region west of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The vineyards which supply most of the grapes for the Galante wines are located in the Cachagua Valley (an inland valley within the Carmel Valley Appellation).  This unique mountainous setting sits high above the fog-line along the coast and exposes the grapes to a warmer overall climate. Average summer temperatures can reach into the 100’s with cool evenings dropping into the low 30’s and 40’s. This dramatic swing in temperature extends the ripening time and growing season, allowing our grapes a slow maturation process for eventual complexity in the fruit and the wine. Carmel Valley’s terrain and climate is ideal for creating rich, full-bodied wines; the Bordeaux varietals are favorites here, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comprising a majority of grapes grown in this region.