Joyce Vineyards

Fall Inspired Team Building

Fall Inspired Team Building

Guest Post by Terri D’Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales, Portola Hotel & Spa

Terri D'Ayon Joyce

The bounty of the Monterey Peninsula is literally at our fingertips here at the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful Monterey. Home to some California’s most successful boutique wineries and vineyards, let the local region and season be the inspiration for your team building activities and special events during your next Monterey Bay conference.

The Fall months boast some of the loveliest weather all year long on the Central Coast. Indoor and outdoor activities are in abundance. From beer and bocce events to wine pairing dinners; wine blending classes or a wine tasting experience led by leading experts and sommeliers – let our team at Portola help you create something engaging and memorable, and more importantly – INSPIRING!

Bocce & Beer
The Portola Hotel & Spa is home to Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub. Let our Head Brewer, Justin Rivard, select an array of house made craft beers and invite your guests to team up and sample specialty craft beer flights and appetizers while joining in an al fresco Bocce tournament, just steps from the Portola and Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf.

Bocce Courts by Portola Hotel

Monterey County Wines
Monterey County is known for its bevy of boutique wineries spanning from sunny Carmel Valley through Southern Monterey County. With unique tasting rooms so easily accessible throughout the Peninsula, access to sample these world-class wines are certainly something to include on your must do’s when visiting. In addition, our own Jacks Monterey features an award-winning Wine List. Let our Director of Food & Beverage, Brian Hein and his team, select some of the region’s finest varietals for a tasting, along with local artisan cheeses, fresh fruits and produce or an entire meal.

Monterey Wine Flight and a Cheese Plate from Jacks Monterey

It’s Almost Harvest Time
With some 85 vintners and growers within miles of the Portola, plan a memorable outing for your attendees and explore the awe-inspiring Monterey County Wine Country. When the timing is right, winery representatives and winemakers will take you on a guided tour of behind the scenes winery operations, spectacular vineyards, or arrange more for a more hands-on learning experience, from grape crushing, pressing, wine blending education and to complete the experience – tasting!

The ripening stage of grapes at Joyce Estate Vineyards in Carmel Valley , CA

Brews & Bubbly
Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is always eager to narrate and design a lively pairing dinner for your group. Whether pairing with our own Peter B’s selections of hand crafted beer, local fine wines or even signature craft cocktails – plan an unforgettable and customized, culinary experience for your guests.

Craft Cocktails & Holiday Cookies
Roll up your sleeves and put on your aprons – it’s time to bake, sip and well, sip some more! Chef Danny would be delighted to lead a holiday baking class and while everything’s in the oven, our all-star Mixologists, can lead a course in holiday themed cocktails – ensuring all your guests will leave with some tips and tricks up their sleeves this season!

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