Welcome To Montoya Vineyards

As Montoya Winemaker, I’m fortunate to team up with a skilled group of professionals in vineyards and in the cellar, with outstanding vineyards and ideal growing conditions for making world class wines.  Here in Monterey County, the diversity in vineyard microclimates creates a wide range of concentrated, vibrant flavors in the grapes. It’s the perfect palette to draw from when blending wines to be approachable, affordable and at the same time complex and stylish. I’d like people to recognize the artistry in my winemaking, but I also want them to say, “his wines are so easy to drink!”   I hope people will fall in love with Montoya wines vintage after vintage, and discover the welcoming, relaxing and invigorating way of life here in Monterey County through Montoya wines.


Montoya Winemaker

Jose Ramirez

A Vineyard Driven Approach To Winemaking.

First generation Californian José Ramirez originally intending to study medical sciences at UC-Davis, but found his true vocation during a harvest internship, when he discovered that wine offered a way to combine scientific curiosity with artistry and agriculture.  After graduating in 2013, Jose joined ASV Wines in Delano, California as Assistant Winemaker, also embarking on a rigorous program of wine training on the path to one day becoming a Master of Wine. After five harvest seasons in the Central Valley, José moved to the Central Coast to work as Montoya Winemaker. With a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking, José is engaged in all aspects of winemaking, from the vineyards to the cellar. He focuses on drawing out the vibrant quality and complexity of the grapes grown in Montoya’s spectacular vineyards, which benefit from ideal Central Coast growing conditions and soils.  When he’s not out in the vineyards, tinkering in the cellar, or blending in the lab, José enjoys time hiking along the Pacific Coast or the physical challenge of Olympic-style weightlifting. His thirst for wine knowledge leads him to seek out new regions, varietals, and producers across California, as he continues to learn, create, and build friendships across the wine world.

In True Spirit of the Monterey Coast From Vineyard to Glass


Juicy blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors, with balanced structure and a silky, complex finish


WINDMILL (primary) -terraced hillside vineyards; dark fruit, full-bodied

CHAREVA – crispness, structure, with delicate, perfumed fruit notes

SUTER- earthy, complex


EXTENDED SKIN MACERATION during fermentation to accentuate juicy blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors AGING IN 100% FRENCH OAK BARRELS for silky richness and complexity.


Crisp guava and mango fruit flavors, with a touch of toasty vanilla and a rich, buttery finish


TWIN OAKS (primary) – steeply sloped vineyards; lush, tropical fruit

ZANETTA – minerality and structure

SUTER – classic California ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity


COOL FERMENTATION IN STAINLESS STEEL to preserve crisp guava and mango fruit flavors SECONDARY MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION IN OAK BARRELS adds vanilla accents and a buttery finish


Black currant and plum aromas carry through on the palate, with notes of warm baking spices and mocha, fine tannins and a lingering finish.


WILEY (primary)- warm sunny Arroyo Seco Vineyards produce dark, richly textured Cab

LOS LOBOS – bright, berry flavors, crisp structure

100% Monterey, 88% Arroyo Seco (Wiley)


EXTENDED MACERATION on skins during fermentation gently extracts flavors.

AGING in French Oak for 16 months


Ripe apricot, citrus and fig aromas, and flavors carry through to palate with a refreshing, crisp finish.


TWIN OAKS – ripe citrus and stone fruit characteristics

100% Arroyo Seco, 100% Monterey


COOL NIGHTS and early morning harvest.

100% STAINLESS STEEL fermentation for crispness and aromatics.


Suter – Classic California ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity. Crisp, flavorful Pinot Noir.


100% Arroyo Seco, 100% Monterey


COOL NIGHTS and early morning harvest.

SLOW Stainless steel fermentation.

PROVENCE STYLE (Direct Press) method for selection of best juice during pressing, yielding delicate flavors and color.

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