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The Story

Bernardus Pon’s goal is to achieve a red wine equal to the finest from the Bordeaux region of France. To achieve this, Pon – a Dutchman who could have planted vineyards anywhere in the world – chose the promising viticultural region of Carmel Valley for its soils, climate and unrivaled scenery. Bernardus’ Bordeaux-style varieties are grown in the estate vineyards, while it’s Chardonnay is grown in the cooler, coastal Monterey County growing region. This careful attention and craftsmanship has paid off. The 2009 Sierra Mar Chardonnay was awarded 91 points by Wine Spectator, and the 2009 Marinus received 92 points in Wine Enthusiast.

Tasting Room

Bernardus offers limited bottling of small production and vineyard designate wines, which are available exclusively through the tasting room and wine club. The wine list at Marinus and Wickets Restaurants has been given the “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator since 2000. We know you’ll find something you’ll love.

There is a $12 Tasting Fee or Mr. Pon's Reserve pour for $20. Your wine tasting fee is refunded with a purchase of $75 or more. It is recommended that groups of 8 or more make a reservation.

Address: 5 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
11am-5pm everyday
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Reservations & Info:
Stan Rogalsky, Tasting Room Manager

The Winery

Welcome to Bernardus Winery
The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination.

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Bernardus Pon

Ben Pon’s dream is to create a Carmel Valley red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. It is a dream based on the foundation of tradition. Born and raised in Amersfoort, Holland, Ben inherited a European appreciation of wine. His company owns the oldest “wÿnkoper” distribution house in Holland, for which he annually visits the finest chateaux in Bordeaux. Inspired, he collects wines for his cellars, and adds fuel to the fire of his own passion for the best, with which he returns to the Carmel Valley.


Dean De Korth, Winemaker

French-style wines have emerged in Carmel Valley with the wines of Bernardus. Dean De Korth an American, is a French winemaker. All of his early impressions about wine came from his education and apprenticeship in France. A very important part of Dean's Burgundian training was focused on distinguishing aromas and flavor qualities, as well as textural elements in the wine. With this old-world sense of taste, Dean seeks to make wines that flatter the palate.


Matthew Shea, Vineyard Manager

Matthew Shea’s roots in the Carmel Valley go back two generations. The son of a Master Gardener, Matthew grew up with an inherent understanding of the valley, its horticulture, and ecology. This natural interest led him to Oregon State University, where he earned a degree in Horticulture. During his last two years at OSU, he focused his education on viticulture, and he participated in a residency program living and working on a large vineyard. After graduation from OSU ...