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.
Waxwing WinesWaxwing WinesContact: Scott Sisemore
Our goal at Waxwing it to make the wines in a flight you want to keep drinking after you have pushed everything else away; wines that show depth and integrity with bright acidity, compelling aromas and delicious flavors. To do this we source grapes from cool and windy vineyards up and down the coast of California. We especially covet fruit from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The winery is open most Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm for our “Friday Night Flights” series where we pour 5 Waxwing wines for tasting. Please go to http://www.waxwingwines.com/index.html for the exact dates and hours.
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 features estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, poured in our elegant, but relaxed family-friendly tasting room, or enjoyed on our patio or deck overlooking the vineyard with stunning views of the redwoods and mountains beyond.
Open Friday through Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM