Cowgirl Winery pays homage to the women of the frontier.
Wineries can often be a lot of the same-same, getting down to the business of tasting with little whimsy. Then, there’s Carmel Valley’s Cowgirl Winery, a laid-back tasting room in a redwood barn that practically invites you to sink into a cowhide ottoman and stay awhile.
A big plus is that it really isn’t necessary to stand at the tasting bar. Instead, the cowboy-booted lady staff will bring the wine to your seat—whether that’s a leather sofa inside, or a wooden upholstered Mexican bench in the vicinity of the hen coop. You can, as they say, “earn your spurs” drinking your way through Hacienda Red, a fruit-forward Bordeaux blend, or the dry salmon-colored Cowgirl Blush.
A circa-1900s poster-sized photo on the planked wall documents the fact that real cowgirls did exist in the valley way back when. Stretch your riding legs and rifle through the merch, like Ecua Andino Panama hats, Chicks with Guns book, Boss Lady shoppers, and cowboy boots. Giddy up!
The scene stealer, though, just might be the vintage pickup truck charmingly outfitted in succulents. Not for sale.