Alfaro Family Vineyards & WineryAlfaro Family Vineyards & WineryContact: Mary Kay Alfaro
Welcome to Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery
Come taste the difference – our Estate grown and bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and unique Gruner Veltliner reflect the unique terrior of Corralitos, at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
We are proud to announce eight of our 56 acres under vine is CCOF Certified Organic
Big Basin VineyardsBig Basin Vineyards
Walk In Saratoga Tasting Room Hours:
Thurs, Sun & Mon 12pm-5pm
Fri & Sat 12pm-7pm
Bottle Jack WineryBottle Jack Winery
Bottle Jack focuses on producing limited releases of award winning, premium wines from local vineyards including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese and unique red wine blends. Our small, family-run team has its hands in every step of the winemaking process from grape to bottle.
Our winery is located 3 miles from Downtown Santa Cruz and features beautiful bay, and mountain views. We’re open the 3rd Saturday of each month, 12:00-4:00 and private tastings with the winemaker are easily available by making an appointment. Call or email us to schedule an appointment or to join our mailing list.
Burrell School Vineyards & WineryBurrell School Vineyards & Winery
Winter Tasting Room Hours (Jan 5-Mar 29)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
Closed Monday through Thursday
Burrell School’s origins date back to 1854 when Lyman J. Burrell settled the rough wilderness that is now home to our winery and Estate vines. Carrying on the more than 130 year old tradition at the School, David and Anne Moulton began development of the Estate vineyard in 1973. At a 1,600 foot elevation, the site faces to the southwest. Soils are a complex mixture of loam and shale due to our close proximity to the San Andreas Fault.
Nearby Monterey Bay brings warm days and cool nights. This results in a unique microclimate, perfect for long, slow ripening of cool climate grapes.
Initial plantings were to Chardonnay and Merlot, with Pinot Noir added in 2002. Cultivation and spraying are done with heritage Cletrac tractors; pruning, seasonal operations and picking are all done by hand.
From growing to harvesting, the goal is toward the best wine grapes possible in order to produce distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home.
Chateau Partage WineryChateau Partage WineryContact: Mark Bright
Hours: to by appointment only and on Passport Days from 12-5pm.
Cinnabar WineryCinnabar Winery
TASTING ROOM HOURS:
Sunday through Thursday, Noon–6 pm
Last tasting at 5:45 pm
Friday and Saturday, Noon–5 pm
Last Tasting 4:45 pm
THE MUDD ROOM HOURS:
(Cinnabar’s after-hours wine bar – no tastings)
Friday and Saturday, 5–8 pm
Friday and Saturday, 5:30–7:30 pm June through September; and Sunday, 2–4 pm, in the Mudd Room or on the patio.
Established in 1981, Cinnabar is a small, family-owned winery with roots in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sourced from diverse California vineyards, our handcrafted wines express a unique sense of place and reflect a commitment to excellence you can taste.
Winemaker George Troquato combines flavorful grapes with traditional winemaking methods to compose the Medallion Series and Watermark Portfolio of wines. Vineyards are selected after a thorough screening of soils, climate and cultural practices as well as a formal tasting of their library wines. The fruit is hand harvested in the morning cool and swiftly moved to nearby cellars where it is gently handled with state-of-the-art equipment. Carefully fermented in stainless steel tanks or small oak barrels, the wines are imprinted with distinct off-the-vine aromas and flavors.
Cooper-Garrod Estate VineyardsCooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
“A Destination Worth Knowing” only 25 minutes from San Jose or Palo Alto or 50 minutes from San Francisco, Cooper-Garrod is an historic family owned and operated estate winery. Located on hillsides above Saratoga, the vines capitalize on the sunny days, moderate nights, and long growing season of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tasting Room open daily.
Domenico WineryDomenico WineryTasting Room/Wine ClubContact: MIchael Annunziata
Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passing down from one generation to another the love of handcrafting wine.
Dominick’s passion for winemaking took him from amateur competitions, while he lived on the East Coast, to commercial status after moving to Northern California. Moving to California has enabled Dominick to choose his grapes hands-on from selected vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Central Coast, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Amador County and the Lodi District. Not to mention he is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. As of fall 2010, the wines of Domenico have won 300 Medals for wines produced from these various regions!
Prior to opening Domenico Winery, Dominick and Gloria’s passion for the wine business was shared with others on both the East and West Coasts through Bacchus Winemaking Club. This membership club enabled many more people to create their own wines with custom labels. Over 200,000 cases of wine have been created by amateur winemakers on both the East and West Coasts through the years. See the website, http://www.bacchuswinemakingclub.com for more information on making your own wines.
Our recipe for success in the wine business is simple… take the finest grapes of California, add Dominick’s passion, blend with family tradition, and you get wine that exudes complexity, finesse, and agreeability. We invite you to come by the winery to taste for yourself.
Beginning November 1st, Domenico Winery will be opened on the weekends from 11am-4pm and by appointment as we are doing major improvements that will be done in the Summer of 2017.
Tasting Room open 11am-4pm on Passport
Tasting Room open 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
Fellom Ranch VineyardsFellom Ranch Vineyards
Fellom Ranch located at 2200′ elevation on Montebello Ridge, California. Our Santa Cruz Mtns estate vineyard is made up of cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. Additionally, we make other wines from selected california vineyards. Limited production, hand crafted wines of great depth and dimension.
House Family VineyardsHouse Family Vineyards
The sunny days and cool nights of the mountainside above Saratoga
California married with our handcrafted viticulture and classical
winemaking techniques produce limited quantities of our fine wines.
Tasting Room open Sat and Sun 12-5
La Honda WineryLa Honda Winery
We farm small, hillside vineyards up above San Francisco Bay in La Honda, Hillsborough, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and Los Gatos. Each has very different soils, slopes and climates, each is selected to show off the very best of a particular type of grape.
With this beautiful hand-nurtured fruit we carefully hand-craft small batches of wine using both state-of-the-art and traditional equipment. The results speak for themselves, though significant accolades including Gold, Double-Gold and Best-of-Class awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
An urban winery in the heart of the Peninsula that’s perfect for events. We’ve been called “a best kept secret,” and our clients love to surprise their guests with our unique and charming atmosphere, and our delicious artisan wines. Ideal for private and corporate parties, team building, charity events, birthday and holiday parties, wine tastings and blendings, cooking parties and winemaker dinners, weddings and more…
La Honda Winery is closed on Passport Celebration Day, January 20, 2018
Left Bend WineryLeft Bend Winery
I FOUNDED LEFT BEND WINERY TO PRODUCE DISTINCTIVE WINES FROM THE MANY SMALL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS.
— WINEMAKER GARY ROBINSON
THE NAME ‘LEFT BEND’ REFERS TO THE SLIGHT LEFTWARD BEND IN THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT, WHICH HELPED FORM THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
Martin Ranch WineryMartin Ranch Winery
We treat every step in the wine-making process like an art form. You can feel it in the warm, welcoming environment where everyone is treated like family and you will taste it in every bottle of our Martin Ranch wines.
“Every year we produce award winning wines, and are blessed to share with you the rewards of our Tradition-Passion-Excellence.”
Open every first & third weekend of the month Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
McHenry VineyardMcHenry Vineyard
Michael Martella WinesMichael Martella Wines
My winemaking passion has been a way-of-life for 40+ years. As Winemaker, I’ve spent the past 35 years focused on producing site driven wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and on building Thomas Fogarty Winery into a highly respected national brand. I started Martella wines in 1998, with the objective of taking a non-traditional approach to my winemaking. Martella wines are made using natural wine making practices. We purchase fruit in small quantities, of various grape varieties, from several diverse regions. The production on most of these wines are less than 200 cases.
Mindego Ridge VineyardMindego Ridge VineyardSaratoga Tasting Room Hours – Mon, Thur, Sun 12-5 PM | Fri, Sat 12-7 PM | Other times by appt. Please call in advance to make reservations for groups of six or more.Contact: Stacey Gollnick
Mindego Ridge is a small 10-acre hillside vineyard lovingly farmed and cared for by husband & wife owners David & Stacey Gollnick. Our passion is farming and our mission is to produce 100% estate grown, single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that authentically express the marine-influenced mountain vineyard site that is our home. Wines are crafted in small lots with minimal intervention by cool-climate virtuoso, Ehren Jordan.
Saratoga Tasting Room Hours – Mon, Thur, Sun 12-5 PM | Fri, Sat 12-7 PM | Other times by appt. Please call in advance to make reservations for groups of six or more.
Odonata Wines is a small family winery based here on the West side of Santa Cruz. We do our best to focus on local grapes that are organic and grown sustainably. We work closely with the growers to ensure the highest quality wines from the vines to the glass.
The credo I subscribe to is the blending of old world winemaking methods and attitudes with new learning and a continuous search for improvement.
My desire is to create wines that are soft, supple, and with subtle complexity. Inspired from the traditional French style, these wines are designed to be food friendly. They are balanced in fruit, acidity, alcohol, and wood, with flavors and aromas that are cohesive with a lengthy finish.
Odonata wines are made to be accessible now, but will also age beautifully. They will always be hand made in small batches to exemplify the unique qualities of the varietal and vineyard.
Osocalis is a small, artisanal distillery in Soquel, California. The name Osocalis is the original Native American name for Soquel, today part of the greater Santa Cruz area. We use a small (100 gallon) antique alambic Charentais still, imported from Cognac, to produce brandies using grapes and apples from the cooler coastal regions of California. We strive to produce products that have the length, elegance and finesse of Old World brandies, such as Cognac and Calvados, but with the fruit intensity and structure of California wines.
Founded in the early 1990′s, Osocalis represents the second generation of small American distillers to use the combination of Old World techniques with New World fruit. The first generation of artisan distillers in California, including Germain-Robin in Ukiah and RMS in Carneros, clearly demonstrated the intensity and richness that can be achieved from brandies derived from California fruit. California brandy makers have the advantage (and the challenge!) of being able to blend a large number of grape varieties together for a more complex and interesting product, whereas French law strictly limits this practice. At Osocalis, our brandy is based primarily on Colombard and Pinot Noir, though we also distill a wide array of wines such as Marsanne, Riesling, Syrah, Grenache, and Semillon. In fact, it is the art of blending these brandies from a variety of fruit sources which gives California brandies their very special style.
Portola VineyardsPortola VineyardsContact: Len Lehmann
We are a community-supported micro-winery focused on making hand-crafted Pinot Noirs. Since 2005, we have been producing award-winning wines from our estate vineyard in Portola Valley.
We strive to make outstanding vintages that showcase the taste of the mid-Peninsula foothills. We practice organic and ecologically balanced farming techniques that improve rather than degrade the land.
Above all, we seek to create connections — to allow people in our community to know their vintner, to work the vines that produce their wine, and to come together with neighbors in the beauty of the foothills.
P·M StaigerP·M Staiger
P·M STAIGER was established in 1973 on a ridge above Boulder Creek, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The site had been an early twentieth century vineyard and winery operated by the Jim Locatelli family, but by the time we purchased the land the vines had long since disappeared and only a few large hoops from the old redwood tanks were all that remained of the cellar.
We replanted the vineyard and built a new house and winery, designed by Robert Walker. The varieties planted – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,and Cabernet Franc – were determined by the types that had been historically grown successfully with good exposure in the higher elevations of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and, admittedly, our love of the French archetypes of these wines. The Cabernet was planted on a slope that faces almost due south, the Merlot to the west of this where it gets more of the northwest marine influence and so is somewhat cooler, and the Chardonnay on a slope facing southwest. Of equal if not greater importance is the elevation: our vineyards are above one thousand feet which is the boundary between the cold air in the valley and the warmer air in the thermal belts above. Since the vineyards came into full production we have made wine only from our own grapes. Having this one source, which we control down to the smallest detail, has provided an opportunity to perfect wine making to a degree that is rarely possible.
Ridge VineyardsRidge Vineyards
At Ridge we begin with respect for the natural process that transforms fresh grapes into wine, and for the 19th century model of guiding that process with minimal intervention. When you have great vineyards that produce high-quality grapes of distinct, individual character, this approach is not only environmentally and socially responsible, it’s also the best way to consistently make fine wine.
Roudon-Smith WineryRoudon-Smith WineryContact: Al Drewke
The Roudon-Smith Winery is dedicated to the production of exceptional wines from selected vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains and other regions of California. Traditional winemaking methods result in elegant, long-lived wines, which are the perfect complement to any meal. At Roudon-Smith Winery, we specialize in the making of fine wines as well as the enjoyment of taking on new challenges. Every year, we search for the most remarkable fruit available. Then with a minimal intervention approach to winemaking, we aim to preserve this quality as the grapes evolve to wine. Though small, we are growing our production as we find additional exceptional grape sources that we can turn into high quality wines.
Russian Ridge WineryRussian Ridge WineryContact: Scott Townsend
Santa Cruz Mountain VineyardSanta Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has been making European-style, food-friendly, cellar-worthy wines since 1975. We are well-known for making Pinot Noir that can age beautifully for three decades.
Our basic philosophy is that wine should dance with food and make the food/wine experience more than a sum of the ingredients. This means making wines with moderate alcohol and oak so that the true characteristics of the grape varieties are expressed. You won’t find any high-alcohol, jammy, oaky wines here.
In 2008 we launched a second brand, Quinta Cruz, which features only varieties that originated on the Iberian Peninsula but are now grown here in California. These Portuguese and Spanish varieties include Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Souzao, Graciano, and Tinto Cão.
After more-or-less hiding away in the mountains for 32 years, the winery moved into the city of Santa Cruz in 2008 and opened the first tasting room in our long history. We are located in an area where you can walk to many other tasting rooms nearby and are only a few blocks from the beach and Natural Bridges State Park.
Tasting Room is Open Seven Days a Week for the Summer!
Savannah-Chanelle VineyardsSavannah-Chanelle Vineyards
Savannah-Chanelle produces in the range of eight to ten thousand cases annually, with over 80 percent dedicated to Pinot Noir, the winery’s raison d’être. Michael Ballard and Winemaker Tony Craig (former head winemaker of David Bruce Winery) have joined forces based on their mutual passion for making Pinot Noir wines. Tony continues to produce our small lot, limited Estate wines as well as our wonderful “Coast View” Syrah made from a small, single vineyard site located high in the Gavilian Mountain range above Monterey, California.
Conveniently located only 3.3 miles from the Village of Saratoga, this working winery is close to Silicon Valley but worlds away from the everyday business environment.
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & WineryWindy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery
Since our first vintage in 1999, Windy Oaks driving objective has been to produce world-class Pinot Noir that faithfully represents our unique vineyard terroir, with no compromises. Our winemaking begins in our vineyards, which we farm in a fully sustainable way, using many organic and biodynamic practices.
In the winery, our philosophy is to use a minimal intervention approach to fully preserve the grape quality achieved in our vineyards. Nothing is rushed—every effort is made to let the wine evolve naturally to its best expression. Hence, the winery is all-gravity, wines are aged on their lees in French oak for 17 to 27 months, and all wines are bottled without filtering or fining.
Woodside VineyardsWoodside Vineyards
Woodside Vineyards is one of the oldest, small California wineries, boasting estate wines that are carefully nurtured from vineyard to bottle.
We cultivate vines in Woodside’s unique climate and soil. Our careful management of each stage of the process from growing to bottling produces the highest quality and vintage character year after year. All grapes are hand-picked and sorted. Small lot production assures minimal processing and gentle handling.
Our specialties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, along with other special small lots including sparkling wine and port. The wines are styled to purposely complement casual food as well as fine meals.