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.
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 WineryContact: Amy Kemp
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.”