Santa Lucia Highlands Sommelier Tour
JULY 11-14, 2022
MONTEREY COUNTY, CA
The Santa Lucia Highlands Somm Tour welcomes sommeliers, wine directors, and buyers from top restaurants, retailers, and outlets to attend our annual immersive program in Monterey County’s premiere Pinot Noir appellation.
The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompassses nearly 6,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range in close proximity to nearby Monterey Bay. The region’s unique winegrowing character was recognized with official AVA status in 1991. It remains one of California’s top cool climate regions, a mountainous and wind-scrubbed AVA with a unique winemaking community.
During Santa Lucia Highlands Somm Tour, you will…
- Tour the enchanting Santa Lucia Highlands during two and half days filled with time with winemakers and growers, site and tasting explorations, and time in the field.
- Taste the region’s wines and explore the distinct vineyards, differences from north to south, compare single vineyard bottlings, and enjoy library wines from top producers.
- Get technical with the vintners in the cellars on every aspect from yeasts to clones to cooperage.
- Discuss soils, climate, clonal selection, trellising, water, sustainability and organics, alternative varietals, and latest technologies.
- Enjoy one-on-one time with the winemakers and vintners like Roar, Pisoni, Morgan, McIntyre, Wrath, Caraccioli, Talbott and more as they host you at their homes and in their vineyards featuring a welcoming environment, local flavor, and a stunning assortment of fine wines.
How it works…
Upon arrival, all lodging, meals, and tour transportation for each guest is included courtesy of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, a collective of more than 40 growers and associate members. Covid-19 vaccine or testing requirements may apply. Somm Tour attendees are responsible for travel to and from Monterey County.
APPLY HERE by March 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is committed to creating increased access to and diversity within the wine industry. Travel scholarships for the SLH Somm Tour are available for individuals from underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color, persons from racially diverse or intersectional communities, persons with disabilities, and persons from LGBTQIA+ communities. Apply for the travel scholarship here by March 29, 2022.
Santa Lucia Highlands Somm Tour travel scholarship recipients will attend SLH Somm Tour with all expenses paid, including airport transfer, airfare, mileage reimbursement, meals, and hotel accommodations. No financial stipend is provided. Airfare and airport transfer will be booked on behalf of scholarship recipients by Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans. We anticipate that 8-10 travel scholarships will be awarded in 2022.
Scholarship Eligibility: All applicants must…
-Identify as individuals from underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color, persons from racially diverse or intersectional communities, persons with disabilities, and persons from LGBTQIA+ communities
-Be over the age of 21
-Be willing to comply with COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing requirements prior to attending SLH Somm Tour
-Be actively involved or employed in the wine industry preferrably in a role as a buyer or influencer of purchasing decisions
March 1, 2022 Applications Open
March 29, 2022 Applications Close
March 30-April 15, 2022 Scholarship Review Period
April 18-22, 2022 Scholarship Recipients Confirmed
Scholarship Review Process
The scholarship committee will review applications to establish eligibility and qualifications. Scholarship recipients will be notified April 18-22. We look forward to welcoming you to the Santa Lucia Highlands.
More about us…
Formed in 2005, the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is an association of vineyards and wineries that grow grapes in the Santa Lucia Highlands or use the appellation’s fruit to craft their vintage releases.