Your connection to great local wines, personalized and approachable.
Closed 19-22 OCT, but call with any questions! (831) 200-6151
Find out why Cane and Spur could be
the highlight of your Monterey trip!
Closed 19-22OCT, but call with questions.
Book today and learn why Cane & Spur is quickly becoming the best personalized wine tour in Monterey County. Each tour is tailored to fit the needs of your group, and your tastes. We excel at connecting you to the best local wineries, growing families, and vineyards. Make sure you stop on over and read our amazing reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp! If you don’t see a day listed, feel free to message us, as there may be a special offering.
THE CANE & SPUR EXPERIENCE
Enjoy an amazing afternoon of wine tasting, personalized for you and focused on quality. We hand-pick four outstanding local wineries which consistently earn high ratings, hidden gems in Monterey County which are a must-see for any visitor. The tour often includes a tour of a private vineyard, and could include one stop out in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Find out why our guests say this is the highlight of their Monterey trip, and not to be missed!
Introductory rate: $120
Tours every day except Saturday, 1-5:30 PM. Departs from the parking lot near the Wharf Marketplace and returns to the same location unless otherwise requested and confirmed. You’ll be traveling in a 2017 Ford Transit 10 seat van. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts because we cannot keep your fellow passengers waiting. Travel time to Carmel Valley is 30 minutes, and each tasting location will also be approximately 40 minutes. Price includes tasting fees and cheese platter.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q. What is included in each tour?
A. Each tour includes transportation to the various locations, as well as wine tastings therein. We also include a complimentary meat and cheese platter and bottled water, as well as bonus amenities like phone chargers and umbrellas (as needed). As time permits, your guide is also happy to show you around a few additional locations such as Carmel Beach or various restaurants.
Q. Where is the pickup location, and can it be changed?
A. The pickup location is in front of the Wharf Marketplace near Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. This location was chosen due to ample public parking, as well as being central for most Monterey visitors. While it is possible to pick up guests from other locations for a small fee, it will be on a case-by-case basis and should be worked out ahead of time. If the entire group is located elsewhere, we can of course be flexible. For private tours, hotel or home pickup is included without issue.
Q. How does this region differ from Napa?
A. The main difference between Monterey County and Napa is most wineries do not have tasting rooms on their vineyard grounds. This is especially true for the smaller, boutique gems which we focus on. It is still possible to get a vineyard experience here, but the “Disneyland” experience of contrived barrel rooms and production spectacles are not often available. Contact us directly if the vineyard and production aspect is of primary concern, and we will do our best.
Q. What are the minimum and maximum number of guests per tour?
A. The minimum booking per party is one, and the maximum per tour is nine. Our booking page should show an accurate representation of the total available spots left per tour. If you have a large party, please contact us directly with your needs, and we will try to accommodate you.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. It would be smart to dress for the weather, as well as the occasion. Please wear sensible footwear, as some tours will include walking around on the vineyard property, and the last step on the van has been described as especially perilous after the third stop… Please also bring documentation to verify age, as we do not want younger guests to be turned away.
Q. Which wineries will we be going to?
A. We do our best to email each guest and ask which sorts of wines get them excited. Thus, while the exact wineries change from tour to tour, we have chosen some of the best that Monterey has to offer. Most of our stops are places that we have enjoyed for years, long before the idea of a wine tour was born. We’ll keep the full list secret, but some of our favorites are Boekenoogen, Boëté, and Odonata.
Q. Do you offer private tours?
A. Of course. Please contact us for availability and price. However, as we are just beginning to become popular many tours are (mostly) private and highly flexible. Just ask.
Q. Which languages are spoken?
A. English. Maybe un poquito Espanol. We may also attempt to use Google Translate, or grunt and point at things. If you represent a party of non-English speaking wine enthusiasts, contact me directly and we may be able to secure a translator. We apologize for not having a large and diverse staff to assist all of our visitors, but we will do our best.
Q. What are some boring details about your company?
A. Cane and Spur is a Veteran-owned and operated company. We offer a full refund for any bookings cancelled within 48 hours of the tour, and 50% for those cancelled within that 48 hour window. For private tours, if you must cancel please do so ASAP as we are scheduling a full day for your enjoyment. We are a fully insured and licensed Monterey/California business. TCP 0037059-S. Now rest easy and have a great tour!
For any additional information please contact us!
While email is best, please also feel free to contact Matthew at (831) 200-6151 during business hours.