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.
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.
Wrights Station Vineyard & WineryWrights Station Vineyard & WineryContact: Dan Lokteff
Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery is located along the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, halfway between Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, and just an easy one hour drive from San Francisco. The winery specializes in estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with additional varietals sourced from local vineyards. Proprietors Dan & Molly Lokteff purchased the vineyard property in 2009, and will open their newly constructed winery and renovated 1947 farmhouse tasting room in Spring 2014. Visit us then, and enjoy the elegant but relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, magnificent vineyard and mountain vistas, and fine Santa Cruz Mountain wines.