Alfaro Family Vineyards & WineryAlfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Contact: 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 Contact: Matt Ryan
Walk In Saratoga Tasting Room Hours:
Appointment Saratoga Tasting Room Tastings: Advanced Reservations Required
Thursday – Monday 11:30am
Appointment Tastings at Winery: Advanced Reservations Required
Saturdays 11:00am & 2pm
Black Ridge VineyardsBlack Ridge Vineyards
It is said that great wines need perfectly poor soil, just the right amount of sunlight, and above all, a great view. Our goal here at Black Ridge is to produce wines that best express our exceptional vineyard. Plantings consist of multiple clones for most of the varietals, many of which are harvested, sorted, and fermented separately. The diversity of soil type and characteristics of each clone allow us to be selective when creating the ideal blend. We plan on remaining small since we value the fact that our wine is 100% estate grown fruit.
Bruzzone Family VineyardBruzzone Family Vineyard
In the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, just above the fog line, one discovers the partnership of climate and soil, idyllic for the growth of the delicate wine grape. Warm afternoons and cool evening breezes offer year-round perfection for the production of the Bruzzone Family Chardonnay. Hand-harvested in late Fall, oak barrel processing creates a medium-bodied, clean wine with hints of citrus and apple, followed by the gentle entry of a light coffee flavor.
The Bruzzone Family Vineyard was established in 1999. After great success with their Chardonnay, the family added an additional 7 acres dedicated to the growth of this notable varietal and created an additional planting for their Pinot Noir.
Burrell School Vineyards & WineryBurrell School Vineyards & Winery
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.
Cooper-Garrod Estate VineyardsCooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
Only 25 minutes from San Jose or Palo Alto or 50 minutes from San Francisco, Cooper-Garrod is a 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.
“A Destination Worth Knowing”
Fernwood CellarsFernwood Cellars
Quality is Timeless!
In making great wine there can be no compromises. For me this holds true in both ingredients and process. My approach has always been about staying in control at every step to produce a product that is exceptional at every sip. We only make wine from grapes we grow. This hand crafted approach is what elevates our wines into a very distinguished category. I invite you to come visit us for a tasting and to experience first hand our approach and passion for making great wine. Cheers!Matt Oetinger Winemaker
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.
“Most exciting new producer in the Santa Cruz Mountains”
Sommelier Journal, April 2012
Hunter Hill Vineyard & WineryHunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Located in an appellation known for world-class wines, this lovely property has been home to our family for over a hundred years. High in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Soquel, the vineyards enjoy sunny days, moderate nights and a long, cool growing season. Grapes ripen gently here and develop a depth of flavor that is distinctive to meticulous dry farming.
Hunter Hill wines are clean, fruity and finished. Through each step of the process, from hand pruning the grape clusters through delicate fermentation and graceful aging on American and French Oak, the wines of Hunter Hill are nurtured by an expert craftsman.
Our winemaker, Vann Slatter, follows a simple guiding principle: great wines are easy to make with well-loved, beautiful fruit. It is a philosophy that has brought a sophisticated audience and top-tier acclaim to Hunter Hill. Our 2002 Syrah beat out wines from 600 California wineries to receive the prestigious Golden Bear – a unanimous selection as California’s Best Wine in 2005. Most recently, our 2010 Sangiovese was honored with a Silver Medal at the 2012 SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
Visit the Hunter Hill tasting room and sample our remarkable Estate varietals. We invite you to stand at the redwood bar overlooking the forests of Nisene Marks, or take a seat by the fountain and enjoy a quiet view of the vineyards. You’ll enjoy the experience.
The Slatter Family and Team
La Honda WineryLa Honda Winery
La Honda Winery and Post & Trellis Vineyards, headquartered in Redwood City, California, painstakingly farms over thirty noteworthy one-of-a-kind private estate vineyards located throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains – Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, and Saratoga. The fruit from these singular vineyards are available only to La Honda Winery and no other winery in the world. The small batch winemaking from La Honda Winery reflects the unique terroir of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation – shallow soils, steep terrain, and coastal influence of warm days and cool nights. The unique attributes of each cuvee are highlighted by blending state-of-the-art equipment with old-world hand-crafted winemaking expertise. Our family-operated winery produces wines that are food friendly with long aging potential. We produce award winning vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and many other wines.
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.”
McHenry VineyardMcHenry Vineyard
Michael Martella WinesMichael Martella Wines
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.
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.
Pelican Ranch WineryPelican Ranch Winery
Pelican Ranch Winery is a small, family owned and operated winery specializing in Rhone and Burgundy style wines from the best vineyards in California. Established in 1997, the winery is located a short distance from Monterey Bay which provides the constant, cool, coastal influence that allows for controlled, slow fermentation. The result is rich, full-flavored, complex wines. Pelican Ranch wines are labeled according to their single-vineyard designation. Production is limited to 100 cases from each vineyard.
Pleasant Valley VineyardsPleasant Valley Vineyards
Welcome to Pleasant Valley Vineyards where we utilize only old world wine making technics and believe that great wine is made from perfect grapes with minimal intervention allowing the fruit to express the essence of wine.
Pleasant Valley Vineyards was established by Craig and Cathy Handley in 1996. Nestled in its own private enclave, our family estate vines surround a cathedral grove of coastal redwoods. There are two petite vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay planted in select French Dijon clones. The property encompasses a five-acre bowl on the western ridge within Pleasant Valley in Aptos, California, a part of the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation.
Only a short distance from the Monterey Bay, Pleasant Valley possesses its own unique microclimate of warm days and tempered nights that allows the vines to gradually produce and mature fruit with intense varietal characteristics and complexity. Each vine, and the grape clusters produced, are selectively nurtured, gently hand pruned, hedged, leafed and harvested. Our limited release wines are meticulously handcrafted exclusively from our estate-grown fruit and bottled on-site. Our chardonnay is made in the sur lie style and our Pinot Noir from whole berry fruit. The wines are aged exclusively in small French oak barrels of medium and medium plus toast and held in precise climate controlled chambers.
Pleasant Valley Vineyards also offers other wine varietals from select regions the Santa Cruz Mountains, Amador County, Sonoma Coast and Paso Robles. The grapes that make these non-estate wines are carefully selected for their complex characteristics. The fruit is brought on-site to be processed. All wines are produced in small lots to focus on the quality expected of a Pleasant Valley Vineyards handcrafted wine.
Portola VineyardsPortola Vineyards
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.
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.
River Run VintnersRiver Run Vintners
Established in 1978, River Run Vintners is a family operated winery located at the Southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains near the town of Aromas, California.
Roudon-Smith WineryRoudon-Smith Winery
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.
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.
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.
Sones CellarsSones Cellars
is a small family winery located on the Westside in Santa Cruz, California. Our goal is to produce small lots of fine quality, distinctively Californian wines from grape varieties that flourish in California. Our primary focus is on Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.
Storrs WineryStorrs Winery
Welcome to Storrs Winery. For those of you joining us for the first time, we are a small winery dedicated to the excellence that can be grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains and created from this special appellation’s fruit.
And to you long time devotees, we thank you for your continuing support. We think you will find this site informative and that it will enhance your appreciation of our unique wines.
At Storrs, with each new day, we strive to make the best, ever better. This thinking extends not only to each and every barrel, but to those choices along life’s path that move us daily from the expected to the exceptional.
Villa del Monte WineryVilla del Monte Winery
Villa del Monte Winery is an award-winning, family-owned boutique winery in Los Gatos, CA. We are open for wine tasting, and we pour at wine tasting events throughout the local area. Located in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains, we specialize in Chardonnay, Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot, Syrah, Syrah Rosé, and Zinfandel. We believe in producing extraordinary single-varietal, single-vineyard wines that reflect the terroir of the vineyards. Our small lots of wine allow us to meticulously control quality, nurturing our fine Villa del Monte wines to perfection at every step in the process.
Open for wine tasting one weekend per month. Check web site for details: http://villadelmontewinery.com/tastings/
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.
Zayante VineyardsZayante Vineyards
Exclusively Estate Wines
100% Santa Cruz Mountain Grown
2009 Clos Du Z
2008 Z Cuvee
Coming in May 2013
2009 Petite Sirah
2010 Pinot Noir
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon