The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area) encompasses more than 850 square miles along the Penninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean down to the Monterey Bay. Due to the size of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region it is often useful for our visitors to plan their trip by winery hours of operation, sub-regions or by urban winery locations. The sub-region drop down feature allows you to plan for a fun-filled, educational wine experience here in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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
Bargetto WineryBargetto Winery Contact: Kate Etheridge
BARGETTO WINERY is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through the enjoyment of wine as it complements meals, contributes to well-being and celebrates life.
BARGETTO WINERY has produced handcrafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933. As we celebrate 80 years of fine winemaking, our family invites you to taste our award-winning wines and experience the long tradition and dramatic beauty of this internationally-acclaimed appellation.
We welcome you to visit our historic Soquel winery and tasting room in this distintive region of mountain vineyards and coastal breezes. Or visit our tasting room located in Monterey on Cannery Row.
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Celebrating 80 years of fine winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Third generation of Bargettos own and operate BARGETTO WINERY.
Beauregard VineyardsBeauregard Vineyards
True to the Santa Cruz Mountains
For five generations, my family has been working the land in Bonny Doon, CA growing premium wine grapes. As winemakers it is our mission to produce wines that display the flavor of our home land, and make wines that are true to their variety. My wines are simplistic in the sense that they reflect what they truly are. This is accomplished through old world winemaking techniques. We invite you to experience the true terroir of Bonny Doon, and enjoy the typicity and purity of our wines.
Ryan Beauregard – winemaker
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.
Bonny Doon VineyardBonny Doon Vineyard
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.
Byington Winery & VineyardByington Winery & Vineyard
Cinnabar WineryCinnabar Winery
TASTING ROOM HOURS:
Sunday through Thursday, Noon–6pm
Friday and Saturday, Noon–5pm
THE MUDD ROOM HOURS:
(Cinnabar’s after-hours wine bar – no tastings)
Friday and Saturday, 5–8pm
Friday and Saturday, 5:30–7:30pm; and Sunday, 2–4pm, 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.
Clos LaChance WinesClos LaChance Wines
In 1987, co-owners Bill and Brenda Murphy decided to plant a few rows of Chardonnay in their Saratoga backyard, both for landscaping purposes and to realize their dreams of being small-scale vintners. A few years later, the wines produced from this small backyard vineyard were good enough to sell to the public. It was at this point that Clos LaChance formed into a commercial winery. The first released wines were from the 1992 vintage. The next 15 years would take the Murphy’s from 200 cases of wine produced to 80,000; 3/4 of an acre to 150 acres planted and 20 full-time and 25 seasonal employees.
Clos LaChance Winery takes its name from the small fenced-in area encompassing a vineyard (Clos) and from co-owner Brenda Murphy’s maiden name (LaChance). The Murphy’s chose the Hummingbird as the winery’s symbol for both its aesthetic beauty and its ability to keep other birds away from the grapes.
Together with their daughters, Bill and Brenda have created a multi-generational, family-owned and operated winery. It is their dream that the third generation will eventually take over the business.
The winery is located in San Martin, CA, within the Central Coast American Viticultural Area. Tucked into the beautiful Hayes Valley, Clos LaChance is a true wine country experience located only 30 minutes from the Silicon Valley. Click here for more information about visiting Clos LaChance Winery.
Being a good steward of land and resources are key components in Clos LaChance’s winemaking practice. The family is especially vested in the sustainability of the winery and vineyard with the homes of creating a legacy for their children and grandchildren. Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is proud to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Clos Tita WineryClos Tita Winery
Clos Tita is an artisanal producer of red wines exclusively grown within the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation; one of California’s first appellations and one of its oldest regions to produce fine wine.
Our estate vineyard was established in 1990, planted to five clones of Pinot Noir and a few rows of Chardonnay and Viognier. Over the years we have produced a number of wines from other vineyards; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains (the “Chaine d’Or) which are used in our “Gironde” and “La Sierra Azul”.
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”
Dancing Creek WineryDancing Creek Winery
Located near the world-famous Mystery Spot, you will find Dancing Creek Winery situated in the heart of Happy Valley.
We are a small, family-run operation that produces wines from vineyards throughout Santa Cruz. You won’t find wimpy wines at Dancing Creek. We strive to make bold food-friendly wines. Our goal is to stay small, have fun, and enjoy the experience.
Tasting Room Open on Saturdays
Time: Noon – 5pm
Downhill CellarsDownhill Cellars
Welcome to Downhill Cellars
Wine made in small batches, a fanatical attention to detail, and a passionate love of winemaking, That’s what Downhill wines are all about. From the meticulous evaluation and review of each vineyard source, to the intense intricacies of the fermentation, to the choice of oak barrels, our goal is to coax the best wine that each cluster of grapes has to offer.
Our tasting room is located at 427 Swift Street, click here for directions.
In general, we are open for tasting Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Please call ahead (831.423.3000) if you want to schedule a group tasting or event.
Taste any or all of our Bartolo Red Wines and Equinox Cuvee champagne for $5 and enjoy case/bottle discounts. Wine is also available for sale by the glass.
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
Hallcrest Vineyards/Organic Wine WorksHallcrest Vineyards/Organic Wine Works
Appropriately named in the 1880s and originally a retreat for the Hall family, Hallcrest sits at the crest of a small hill above the town of Felton. In 1941, Chaffee Hall, a prominent business attorney from San Francisco, acted on his passion for wine and planted the Hallcrest Estate vineyard. An on-site winery followed in 1945 and is still in use today. The first vintage was released in 1946. At the time, Hallcrest was one of only three wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the only one producing varietal wines from estate vineyards.
Hallcrest Vineyards quickly became one of the outstanding wineries in California, known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and White Riesling. Acclaim for the wines combined with Hall’s reputation as a winemaking pioneer in the Santa Cruz Mountains further elevated Hallcrest wines’ status.
In 1987, John Schumacher and his family bought the Hallcrest site, which had been operating as Felton Empire Winery since Chaffee Hall’s death. John and his family restored the original Hallcrest name and label. They pursue Chaffee Hall’s original crusade to make uncompromised quality wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hallcrest is family owned and operated by the Schumacher’s. The winery’s focus is on handcrafting premium wine in small lots that bear a “signature” Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation character.
Heart O' The MountainHeart O' The Mountain
Welcome to Heart O’the Mouintain
Deep in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains lies an old estate rich in history and tradition. Established in 1881 by California pioneer Pierre Cornwall; this premium grape growing property was once owned by the famous director, Alfred Hitchcock. Today Heart O’ The Mountain is owned by the Robert Brassfield family, producing a limited amount of hand-crafted, Estate grown Pinot Noir.
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
Kathryn Kennedy WineryKathryn Kennedy Winery
Kathryn Kennedy Estate Vineyard
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines cover gentle slopes in Saratoga, California on the inland side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Eight acres of vines were planted on their own roots by Kathryn in 1973. Excellent soil, a climate possessing just the right amount of marine influence, and personal attention combine to yield outstanding grapes. Each vintage is grown by hand and vinified in small lots followed by gentle barrel aging with 90% French oak. The result is big, full-flavored wine with deep color and a decade or more of aging potential.
Production winery only; not open to visitors.
Kings Mountain WineryKings Mountain Winery
Welcome to Kings Mountain Vineyards
We take great pride in producing elegant and refined wines for your enjoyment.
We maintain the highest care in each step of our process to bring you the best estate wines the vineyard can offer. We dry farm, hand maintain and hand harvest the vineyard using sustainable agricultural practices.
Each vintage is aged in all new French oak barrels and released to you at its peak.
We are pleased to bring you our award winning wines!
La Nebbia WineryLa Nebbia Winery
A Coastal History
In 1934, winemaker John Gemello began producing big, hearty red wines from grapes grown locally in the coastal hills above Santa Clara Valley, California. He crafted them in the tradition of the fine red varietals of his native Italy. Patrons of his winery consumed his reds with great gusto, and so these robust wines were in great demand
In the late 1970′s, the winery founded by John Gemello some forty years earlier was relocated from Santa Clara Valley to Half Moon Bay, California. The winery,renamed Obester, continued to produce big, hearty red wines under the Gemello label and newer wines, Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, and sparkling, under the Obester Label. These handcrafted, award winning wines became the signature of Obester Winery.
The new millenium marked a renaissance at Obester Winery, the winery founded by John Gemello in the early 1930′s. A new vintner, Kendyl Kellogg, has returned the winery to it’s roots producing complex, full-bodied red wines under a new label, Nebbia Signature.
La Rusticana VineyardsLa Rusticana Vineyards
La Rusticana d’Orsa is a unique estate of rare beauty tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an appellation dedicated to fine wine production since the 1880s. The life’s work of Frank and Marilyn Dorsa, the vineyard is set atop terraced rolling hills delineated by rock walls and accented by roses, Italian Cypresses, sculpture gardens, lily ponds, and fountains. It is a spiritual microcosm of Old World charm and peace seemingly light-years away from the bustling Silicon Valley below.
Loma Prieta WineryLoma Prieta Winery
You may recognize the Loma Prieta name from the famous earthquake of 1989, but the Santa Cruz Mountains also play host to America’s premier mountain vineyard area. Located at about 2,300 feet in these mountains, our winery offers spectacular views of Santa Cruz and Monterey. We also offer handcrafted wines produced in small lots and barrel aged in the finest oak. Enjoy!
“Picnic tables and bocce court available on a first-come basis.”
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.”
McCarthy Family Estate VineyardsMcCarthy Family Estate Vineyards
McCarthy Family Estate Vineyard has created an exceptional, limited production Cabernet Sauvignon for the sophisticated wine connoisseur. Nestled in foothills above Los Gatos, McCarthy Family Estate Vineyard encompasses six acres of dry farmed, organically grown vineyards, with a desired southwest exposure, on steep naturally draining slope, which continues the historical growing of Cabernet grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, and more specifically the Jesuits growing Cabernet grapes over a 100 years ago on their contiguous parcel.
The first harvest, of primarily three year old vines, was in 2006, which amounted to a very small quantity. 2007 & 2008 harvests have increased exponentially and full production should be reached in 3 to 4 years, 2011 or 2012.
McHenry VineyardMcHenry Vineyard
Michael Martella WinesMichael Martella Wines
MJA VineyardsMJA Vineyards
MJA Vineyards is a small family owned winery in Santa Cruz, California. We specialize in Napa Valley Cabernet, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, offered from our Serene Cellars and DaVine Cellars selections.
Mount Eden VineyardsMount Eden Vineyards
Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate perched at 2000 feet overlooking Silicon Valley, in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original “boutique” California winery properties, focusing on small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mount Eden’s lineage of estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is the longest in California. Planted in austere, infertile Franciscan shale on a cool, exposed mountaintop, these low-yielding estate vineyards have consistently produced world-class wines for over a half-century. In 2007 Mount Eden acquired an additional 55 acres in the Saratoga foothills, which was christened Domaine Eden.
Mount Eden Vineyards also produces non-estate Chardonnays from the central coast, primarily Edna Valley. They have great success making Chardonnay from the Wolff Vineyard and are continually recognized as making outstanding wines from that region.
Since 1981 Jeffrey Patterson has guided the winemaking and grape growing at Mount Eden. His emphasis is on wine growing rather than winemaking; and an obsession with gentleness and naturalness in the handling of the grapes and wines is his ongoing passion.
Sorry: No Tasting Room; We do not participate in Passport weekends
Muns VineyardMuns Vineyard
Muns Vineyard brushes the sky on the Loma Prieta ridge top above Monterey Bay at 2600 feet looking out over Santa Cruz and the Monterey Peninsula. This is the highest Pinot Noir vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a prime growing region for this luscious winegrape. We enjoy the coastal climate of the mountains, with cool fog lapping at our feet in the summer, gentle breezes and sunlight — perfect for growing premium Pinot Noir and Syrah. Moderate days and cool nights, along with diligent personal attention in our 13-acre owner-operated vineyard, produces fruit with rich and complex flavors. We have blended Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 to provide a fruit-forward, complex and well-balanced Pinot Noir.
We grow 12 acres of Pinot Noir and source most of it to other wineries. You will find Muns Vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs under other wineries’ labels, in the Santa Cruz Mountains and elsewhere. We produce a small amount of Pinot Noir under our own label, as well as our Syrah.
Minimal intervention in the winery allows our unique terroir to shine. Barrel aging in 30% new oak for about 16 months adds soft tannins that accentuate, but not dominate, the beautiful fruit in this special wine. The wine drinks well now and is a delicious complement with food, and will bottle-age for years to come. Enjoy ‘heaven-in-a-bottle’ from our ridge top vineyard above the bay!
MYKA CellarsMYKA Cellars
At Myka Cellars, a holistic approach to winemaking is taken. All of the parts of a wine should be in balance, yet all should be expressed. Each wine should express a sense of place and varietal character. To achieve this, we employ gentle handling techniques on micro lot wines. We have no fermentors larger than one ton and many of our wines are only one or two barrel lots. We use a combination of new world and old world techniques, bridging the two styles in a way that utilizes the best attributes of both. Our wines of more than one grape involve a co-fermentation with all grapes fermented together to create complex and unique flavors that are only obtained through this process. We use oak barrels to accentuate the existing flavors of our wines and are careful not to let the oak dominate and become the central flavor in the wine. This process makes every vintage an expression of that year and a true encapsulation of each vineyard. Our wine is art from the day the grapes started to grow until the day you enjoy it. In the cellars we use only sustainable winemaking practices. There are no additives used in your winemaking. We start with sustainable, natural grapes and that’s all we use.
Naumann VineyardsNaumann Vineyards
Naumann Vineyards is a small family estate vineyard located in the Santa Cruz Mountains with panoramic views overlooking Silicon Valley in the unincorporated part of Cupertino, California. Our wines come from grapes which are exclusively grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our grapes are hand cultivated, harvested, and crafted in small lots in order to produce the highest quality wine.
Nicholson VineyardsNicholson Vineyards
We welcome you to Nicholson Vineyards. We specialize in hand-crafted wines that are classic and elegant in style. Located along the Corralitos Wine Trail amongst the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Pleasant Valley is a quiet place where the sun, soil and early morning ocean mist create exceptional grapes and olives.
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.
Poetic CellarsPoetic Cellars
Poetic Cellars is located on 36 acres in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The temperate climate makes it an ideal location for growing many of the grapes contained in our wines. The cooling ocean air ensures that the grapes have a long growing season and ripen to perfection.
Regale Winery and VineyardsRegale Winery and Vineyards
Regale crafts a terroir-driven collection of elegant wines offered for taste and purchase at our winery and through our membership.
The romantic wine lover’s mantra echoes our core winemaking values at Regale; the finest wines borne in the vineyard and crafted by passionate hands and questioning minds achieve greatness primarily in relation to food and community. Every year we produce small lots of handcrafted wines from our estate-grown Pinot Noir vineyard and other remarkable vineyards located in California’s finest winegrowing appellations. Our wines typically show extraordinary finesse, provocative personality, balanced acidity and, remarkably, alcohol levels similar to our European counterparts.
With our primary enological focus on Pinot Noir and Cabernet, we also feature limited-production Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Barbera as well as our popular Chardonnay. For a full list of current releases, please contact the winery.
Rhys VineyardsRhys Vineyards
At Rhys Vineyards we aspire to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead us to select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Our overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads us to an approach that includes:
- A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard
- Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character
- Natural winemaking with minimal intervention
These core tenets help us produce ageworthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration.
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.
Sante Arcangeli Family WinesSante Arcangeli Family Wines Contact: John Benedetti
The winery at 21435 Summit Road is open for Passport on November 16th from 10:00 – 4:00!
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines are carefully handcrafted Burgundian varietals from Corralitos and Bonny Doon that have been gently nurtured from rare mountain-grown fruit to a new life as elegant and expressive California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Winery at 21435 Summit Road in Los Gatos is open for select Passport events – please check the passport participants list at the time of an event to see whether we’re open. Tasting room in Pescadero is open weekends.
We are the exclusive producer of Pinot Noir from Split Rail Vineyard in Corralitos, an extremely unique dry-farmed mountain vineyard with a very interesting lineage and some rare heritage Pinot Noir clones. To learn more, visit http://www.santewinery.com/vineyards.
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.
Silver Mountain VineyardsSilver Mountain Vineyards
Welcome to Silver Mountain, land of breathtaking views and award-winning premier wines. Our winery and vineyards are set high in the mountains, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay.
Silver Mountain Vineyards’ fine wines are distinguished by the following traits:
- Handcrafted, using the best of old world traditions and new world science.
- Organically grown in harmony with mother nature.
- Produced in small lots of premium wine that capture delicate nuances of flavor.
- Made with a passion for quality, complexity, purity and richness of flavor – this is the heart of Silver Mountain.
Silvertip VineyardsSilvertip Vineyards
Founded on the principle that great wine can only come from a great source, Silvertip Vineyards was begun with the intent of producing wines that express the uniqueness of the soil and climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
In 1967 Gerald Nelson purchased 162 acres of Santa Cruz Mountain land, and soon after planted the land with Christmas trees. For 30 years, the property was known as Nelson’s Christmas Tree Farm and the family grew a variety of Christmas trees, the most prized trees among them were the slow growing Silvertip Firs.
In 1999 the Nelson family decided to exchange Christmas trees for grape vines and 9 acres of Pinot Noir and Syrah were planted. Over the years since establishing the vineyard, the high quality fruit that the estate produces has been sold to numerous wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2008 the family decided to venture out on their own and create a brand that could highlight the exceptional character of the fruit produced from the estate.
Silvertip Vineyards began with the intent to produce nothing less than some of the finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah that California can produce. With a dedication to the unique terroir of the vineyard, the mission is to create wines that will not only prove worthy of ageing, but will also inspire, delight, and bring joy to the senses.
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.
The Mountain WineryThe Mountain Winery
Welcome to The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. We are dedicated to preserving the Mountain Winery’s history and restoring the property to its magnificent glory for the enjoyment of all. We are very proud to continue the tradition started by Paul Masson, and our committed team takes personal pride in creating innovative and memorable experiences for our guests.
Thomas Fogarty Winery & VineyardsThomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards
Thomas Fogarty Wine Estate:
Beginning in 1978, Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Winemaker Michael Martella planted vines and built a small estate winery in the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains, 2,000 feet above sea level. The coastal climate, high elevation and thin rocky soils are unique and define the authentic site-expressive wines. Today a new generation continues the founders’ spirited pursuit. Tom Fogarty Jr. runs Thomas Fogarty Wine Estate. Winemaker Nathan Kandler produces distinctive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 25 acres of estate vineyards, 8 unique sites, in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
Trout Gulch VineyardsTrout Gulch Vineyards Contact: Gerry Turgeon
Trout Gulch Vineyards is the current evolution of zeal that Père et Fils, Bernie and Gerry Turgeon share in their dedication to producing wines of extraordinary character. Their focus is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA but extends to include varietals and AVA’s that embody time in a bottle. Their pursuit is the expression of terroir: grapes, sun, soil, water, and air.
Producing award-winning Santa Cruz Mountains AVA Pinot Noir & Chardonnay from their mountain estate since 1987. The Turgeon Family extols the virtues of the Mountains, wines of unrestrained varietal character in the Burgundian tradition. Wine tasting and tours are available at the winery by arrangement, 427-C Swift Street on Santa Cruz’s West Side. Special Events include Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Saturdays, Vintners’ Festival, Dare to Pair, Dinner Markets as well as other scheduled Surf City Vintners’ events.
Handcrafted batch-specific wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains and select Central Coast vineyards.
Established in 1987
Pioneer winemaker Bernie Turgeon replanted the vineyard on Trout Gulch Rd in Aptos to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the early 80′s in his quest for the Holy Grail – Burgundian style wines of sublime character from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Turgeon family had founded J. Lohr winery in the early 70′s along with partner Jerry Lohr. Bernie’s son Gerry took over production in 1999 upon Bernie’s retirement. Their efforts were assisted along the way by Paul Woffard and currently by Barry Jackson. There have been many successes during the two+ decades that lead to the current evolution of the winery which still features wines made from the old estate farmed by Richard Alfaro as well as hand selected wines from outstanding vineyards in the Central Coast. The winery is located on Swift St. within the Equinox Methode Champenoise Cellars. Trout Gulch wines are marketed throughout the Greater Bay Area by Monterey Bay Wine Company. Tastings may be arranged by contacting Gerry at the winery, 831-471-2705.
Meet the Business Owner: Gerry Turgeon
I grew up in the business, planting an extensive vineyard in the Arroyo Seco, Monterey Co. along with my father in the early seventies. I attended UC Davis studying viticulture and enology. I worked the harvest and crush as well as hospitality and marketing at our family winery, formerly Turgeon & Lohr Winery until starting the first micro-brewery on the Central Coast in 1985 (Santa Cruz Brewing Co. & Front St. Pub) with my father, Bernie. It takes a lot of beer to make wine! We planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on Trout Gulch Rd. in the Aptos foothills and began producing award winning wines from the estate concurrently in 1987. The winery has evolved to its present incarnation as part of the Surf City Vintners along the Swift St. corridor in West Santa Cruz. I presently make about 1000 cases annually consisting mainly of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon blanc, Grenache blanc, Cinsault, Grenache, Merlot, and a rose blend known as “la belle petite poulette“.
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.
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