We invite you to come and explore! The Santa Cruz Mountains wine region is nestled in one of the most unique natural environments in the world. With its mountainous terrain, marine and valley influences, varied micro-climates, and diverse soils the Santa Cruz Mountains offers our vintners the ideal place to grow high quality grapes and to produce some of the world’s most distinct and terroir driven wines.
The Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation encompasses more than 850 square miles beginning from San Francisco down the Peninsula to Silicon Valley and Gilroy over to Watsonville, Monterey Bay and back up to Santa Cruz and Half Moon 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.
Alfaro Family Vineyards & WineryAlfaro Family Vineyards & WineryTasting Room Open Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm (June-Sept), please call for holiday hours
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
Armitage WinesArmitage WinesTasting Room open Thu & Fri 3-8pm, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
“My business philosophy is to mesh the energy of the separate components of wine in a symbiotic relationship that expresses the character of the wine in its purest form.”
-Brandon Armitage, Winemaker
BARGETTO WINERYBARGETTO WINERYTasting Room Open Daily from 12-5pm
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 is a third generation family owned and operated winery that was established in 1933 on the banks of Soquel Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We specialize in producing award winning, cool-climate varietals like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio which are carefully nurtured at our Regan estate vineyard as well as other varietals from other Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards. We also offer a large selection of wines such as Petite Sirah and Zinfandel from other regions of California. In addition to offering red and white wine varietals, BARGETTO WINERY is also home to the CHAUCER’S CELLARS brand which offers a variety of award winning fruit wines and honey meads. We have two tasting room locations to choose from. One is located at the winery in Soquel and the second tasting room is situated in the heart of Cannery Row in Monterey. Both tasting rooms offer friendly service and are open 7 days a week. We have a variety of special events throughout the year at both tasting rooms so be sure to check out our event calendar. In addition to hosting events for the general public, BARGETTO WINERY is a great place for weddings and private events. We have a dedicated private events department that will make sure your special event is fabulous!
We welcome you to visit our historic Soquel winery and tasting room in this distinctive region of mountain vineyards and coastal breezes. Or visit our tasting room located in Monterey on Cannery Row.
• OPEN DAILY •
Soquel Tasting Room 12pm-5pm | Winery Tour 2pm
Monterey Tasting Room Sun-Thurs 11am-6:30pm, Fri & Sat 11am-7pm
*Please contact the tasting rooms directly to reserve a tasting for any Group of 8 or more.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating 80 years of fine winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Third generation of Bargettos own and operate BARGETTO WINERY.
Big Basin VineyardsBig Basin Vineyards
Saratoga Tasting Room:
14598 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Friday and Saturday, 12-7pm
Thursday, Sunday and Monday, 12-5pm
No reservation is required for less than 8 people.
The tasting fee is $18 per flight. Wine Club members receive 2 complimentary flights.
Groups of 9+ people require a Private Tasting appointment.
Big Basin Estate Vineyard & Tasting Room:
830 Memory Lane
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
April-October: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm
NEW: Fireside Fridays from 5:30-9:30pm!
November-March: Saturdays, 12-5pm (and sunny Sundays)
No reservation is required for less than 8 people.
The tasting fee is $18 per flight. Wine Club members receive 2 complimentary flights.
Groups of 9+ people require a Private Tasting appointment.
Bottle Jack WineryBottle Jack WineryWinery Tasting Room Open: every 3rd Sat & Sun of the month 12-4pm. Swift Street Tasting Room Open: Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm, Mondays 2-6pm, Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm. *Passports will only be accepted at the winery tasting room.
Bottle Jack focuses on producing limited releases of award winning, premium wines from local vineyards including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese and unique red wine blends. Our small, family-run team has its hands in every step of the winemaking process from grape to bottle.
Winery Tasting Room Information:
Our winery is located 3 miles from Downtown Santa Cruz and features beautiful bay, and mountain views. We’re open the 3rd Saturday of each month, 12:00-4:00 and private tastings with the winemaker are easily available by making an appointment. Call or email us to schedule an appointment or to join our mailing list. Reservations Required for Groups of 8 or More. Buses, Limousines, & Large Party Vehicles Cannot be Accommodated Due to Limited Parking & Driveway Access.
Swift Street Tasting Room Information:
Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm
Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm.
*Please note: Passports will only be accepted at the winery tasting room.
Burrell School Vineyards & WineryBurrell School Vineyards & WineryTasting Room open Thu-Sun 11am-5pm
Winter Tasting Room Hours (Jan 5-Mar 29)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
Closed Monday through Thursday
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.
Chaine d’Or VineyardsChaine d’Or VineyardsNot Open to the Public
Chaine d’Or is a small winery in Woodside, and we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.
In 1985 Anne stood on the steps of the Redwood City courthouse and made a bid for a small property that was being sold in foreclosure and which bordered our home. That was the start of Chaine d’Or Vineyards. As soon as we acquired the land we began the process of clearing it of the overgrown poison oak and weeds. After the clearing we hired a bulldozer and deep ripped the hillside, followed by planting a cover crop of PurpleVetch to improve the soil. The next year we turned under the vetch and planted the grapes, primarily Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon together with smaller quantities of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot to be blended into the red wine. We installed the irrigation system, and put up the trellis, and went through a few trials calming a neighbor who didn’t like the look of a “naked” vineyard.
After a couple of years we realized that we really were going to be able to grow grapes, and quite a few of them. That thought then was the realization that we would need a little winery, and so we built one by expanding our home and tucking it underneath the living room.
Much in the tradition of the small European vigneron, we grow grapes and make wine primarily for local people and the occasional visitor who happens to find us. And, in the same tradition, word of our quality product has spread via the – ahem – grapevine. We’ve been winning awards and gaining in popularity. And for most of our time we’ve been doing all of our own work. Anne has been the winemaker and Jerry has been driving the tractor.
But in 2007 Paul and Stefania Romero joined the Chaine d’Or family and took over all of the management and operations of the effort. They continued until 2015 when Nicolas Vonderheyden took over as Manager and Vigneron.
Cinnabar WineryCinnabar WineryTasting Room open Fri & Sat 12-5pm, Sun-Thu 12–6 pm
TASTING ROOM HOURS:
Sunday through Thursday, Noon–6 pm
Last tasting at 5:45 pm
Friday and Saturday, Noon–7 pm
Last Tasting 6:45 pm
Closed Monday except for certain holidays. Please check calendar for dates:
Sunday, 2-4 pm April through October
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 de la TechClos de la TechNot Open to the Public
THE NEW WORLD’S BEST PINOT NOIR. PERIOD.
At Clos de la Tech, we pursue an uncompromised, passionate commitment to perfection in the vineyard, winery and bottle.
Clos LaChance VIneyardsClos LaChance VIneyardsTasting Room open daily from 11am-4:30pm; 21 & over only
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”.
On January Passport Day we are pouring our wines at VinoCruz in Soquel, CA.
Cooper-Garrod Estate VineyardsCooper-Garrod Estate VineyardsTasting Room open weekdays 12-5pm, weekends 11am-5pm
“A Destination Worth Knowing” only 25 minutes from San Jose or Palo Alto or 50 minutes from San Francisco, Cooper-Garrod is an historic 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 weekdays from 12-5pm, weekends from 11-5pm.
Domaine EdenDomaine Eden
Domaine Eden is a nearby mountaintop wine estate purchased in 2007. Modeled after Mount Eden, it was founded and built by the late Tom Mudd in 1983, who initially planted the Mount Eden clonal selections of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which evolved to include Pinot Noir from various Dijon and California selections. This is the former home of Cinnabar Winery.
This property inspired a new wine brand, Domaine Eden, which focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this special site and Bordeaux varieties from Mount Eden’s larger home, the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Domenico WineryDomenico WineryTasting Room Open Weekends 11am-4pm. Available for private tastings Monday – Friday by appointment only (for groups of 10 or more). Tasting Room Open for Passport Days 10am-3pm.
Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passing down from one generation to another the love of handcrafting wine.
Dominick’s passion for winemaking took him from amateur competitions, while he lived on the East Coast, to commercial status after moving to Northern California. Moving to California has enabled Dominick to choose his grapes hands-on from selected vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Central Coast, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Amador County and the Lodi District. Not to mention he is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. As of fall 2010, the wines of Domenico have won 300 Medals for wines produced from these various regions!
Prior to opening Domenico Winery, Dominick and Gloria’s passion for the wine business was shared with others on both the East and West Coasts through Bacchus Winemaking Club. This membership club enabled many more people to create their own wines with custom labels. Over 200,000 cases of wine have been created by amateur winemakers on both the East and West Coasts through the years. See the website, http://www.bacchuswinemakingclub.com for more information on making your own wines.
Our recipe for success in the wine business is simple… take the finest grapes of California, add Dominick’s passion, blend with family tradition, and you get wine that exudes complexity, finesse, and agreeability. We invite you to come by the winery to taste for yourself.
Our Tasting Room has an old world elegance and charm that you notice the moment you step through the doors. The aroma of wine aging in French oak barrels will make you feel as if you have been swept away to an Italian winemaking villa. We’ll walk you through the tasting experience of 5 of our wines for $10 (waived with the purchase of 1 bottle). For groups of 6 or more, we ask that you make a reservation by emailing Michael@DomenicoWinery.com.
Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Third Sunday of the Month: Live Music 1 – 4 pm
Tasting Room Open for Passport Days 10am-3pm.
We are available for private tastings Monday – Friday by appointment only (for groups of 10 or more). Please check our calendar here before planning a visit to see what’s going on that day.
Eden EstatesEden Estates
Eden Estate Wines is a small private boutique winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Tuscan style buildings including a Carousel building used for private tasting and special events. Visitors are by appointment only.
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.
Fellom Ranch VineyardsFellom Ranch VineyardsTasting Room open for Passport Celebration Days & by appointment only
Fellom Ranch located at 2200′ elevation on Montebello Ridge, California. Our Santa Cruz Mtns estate vineyard is made up of cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. Additionally, we make other wines from selected california vineyards. Limited production, hand crafted wines of great depth and dimension.
Tasting Room for Passport Days Only or Appointment Only
House Family VineyardsHouse Family VineyardsTasting Room open Sat & Sun 12-5pm
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.
Tasting Room open Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm.
Integrity WinesIntegrity WinesTasting Room open Sat & Sun 12-5pm
Tasting Room Open Saturday & Sunday 12-5PM, Including Passport Days
Integrity Wines is one of the newest wineries to the Santa Cruz area and is founded on a key principle that everyone contributes to the wine, whether it’s tasting wines with us, working the crush, working in the cellar, or enjoying the wine with friends – everyone matters.
We are a local winery, with wines made by native Santa Cruzans with an extensive history of award winning amateur winemaking who’ve now gone commercial.
We make wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains, local counties and other areas that produce a great expression of that particular varietal. Handcrafted wines include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon – and some surprises.
Every customer, club member, person joining us for a tasting is important to us and is why we are here. We look forward to seeing you and having you be part of a dream come true!
Kathryn Kennedy WineryKathryn Kennedy WineryProduction Winery Only; Not Open to Visitors
Kathryn Kennedy Estate Vineyard
Update 2015 – While the acreage at our Estate vineyard has been reduced by residential development to less than one acre, those original Cabernet Sauvignon vines that do continue to grow near Pierce Road will be made and bottled under Kathryn’s iconic silver and black signature label.
“After 35 years, working alongside Kathryn Kennedy, her son Marty Mathis continues their commitment to growing and making world class sustainable wines.”
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines cover gentle slopes in Saratoga, California on the inland side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1973 eight acres of vines were planted on their own roots. 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 open top vats followed by gentle barrel aging with 90% French oak, (50% new). 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 VineyardsKings Mountain Vineyards
Experience Kings Mountain Vineyards
From a tiny one-acre dry-farmed and hand-tended vineyard on the eastern side of the Skyline Ridge, we proudly produce elegant and refined wines for your enjoyment. Now strictly focused on classic Pinot Noir with great depth and complexity, our cellar contains a treasure of library wines, including outstanding Meritage blends. Our wine club grants members access to these aged-to-perfection gems, as well as to our new releases of Pinot Noir going forward.
Each vintage is aged in all new French oak barrels and bottle-aged before release.
Follow us on Facebook or join or mailing list to taste with us at Passport and other events throughout the Bay Area.
Find us on all four 2018 Passport Days at VinoCruz in Soquel from 12-5pm.
Kissed by an Angel WinesKissed by an Angel WinesTasting Room open Sat & Sun 2-6pm
We are family owned and operated, specializing in handcrafted aged red wines. Our wine making practices result in soft, smooth drinkable wines. Our wine making efforts are dedicated to the memory of our beloved daughter, Amanda.
Our family’s wine making began back in Bedonia, Italy which is a small mountain town overlooking the city of Rapallo on the Italian Riviera in Northern Italy in the 1800’s. Larry began his wine making at the age of six years old in his Grandfather Futanato’s cellar in San Francisco for the families private enjoyment. Today, although Larry is third generation he is the first generation to take the wine making technique to the market commercially. Our wines are nurtured and meticulously cared for from harvest through the bottling process. We use all natural methods.
Open Saturday and Sunday 2-6pm.
La Honda WineryLa Honda WineryWhile our tasting room is under reconstruction find us at Domenico Winery on April 21 Passport Celebration Day
We farm small, hillside vineyards up above San Francisco Bay in La Honda, Hillsborough, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and Los Gatos. Each has very different soils, slopes and climates, each is selected to show off the very best of a particular type of grape.
With this beautiful hand-nurtured fruit we carefully hand-craft small batches of wine using both state-of-the-art and traditional equipment. The results speak for themselves, though significant accolades including Gold, Double-Gold and Best-of-Class awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
An urban winery in the heart of the Peninsula that’s perfect for events. We’ve been called “a best kept secret,” and our clients love to surprise their guests with our unique and charming atmosphere, and our delicious artisan wines. Ideal for private and corporate parties, team building, charity events, birthday and holiday parties, wine tastings and blendings, cooking parties and winemaker dinners, weddings and more…
La Honda Winery is pouring at Domenico Winery on April Passport Celebration Day.
La Rusticana D’Orsa VineyardsLa Rusticana D’Orsa VineyardsTasting Room open for Passport Celebration Days only
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.
Left Bend WineryLeft Bend WineryTasting Room open Thu–Sat 12-7pm; Sun 12-4pm
I FOUNDED LEFT BEND WINERY TO PRODUCE DISTINCTIVE WINES FROM THE MANY SMALL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS.
— WINEMAKER GARY ROBINSON
THE NAME ‘LEFT BEND’ REFERS TO THE SLIGHT LEFTWARD BEND IN THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT, WHICH HELPED FORM THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
Lester Family WinesLester Family WinesTasting Room Opening – Spring 2019
Lexington Wine Co.Lexington Wine Co.Tasting Room Open Friday & Saturday, 12-7pm & Sunday, 12-5pm.
Lexington Wine Co brings wines born of high-elevation mountain vineyards in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA. It is our goal to offer wines that are singularly distinctive and representative of the remote and beautiful land that we farm.
Gist Ranch vineyard, home to Lexington wines, is located on the Pacific Plate in Santa Cruz County at an elevation of 2,400ft. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines were planted by the Fogarty family in 2000, and were carefully farmed to establish optimal organic, sustainable farming practices for ten years before our first release in 2011.
The wines are grown and made to be expressive, traditional, energetic and unapologetically not “conventionally Californian”, with vibrant fruit, energy, complexity and depth.
Loma Prieta WineryLoma Prieta WineryTasting Room Hours Sat & Sun 12-5pm
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 WineryOpen every 1st and 3rd Friday, Saturday, Sunday of the month from 12-4pm
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.”
Open every first & third weekend of the month Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
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 VineyardTasting Room open on Passport Celebration Days only
Mindego Ridge VineyardMindego Ridge VineyardSaratoga Tasting Room Open Friday & Saturday, 12-7pm & Sunday, 12-5pm.
Mindego Ridge is a small 10-acre hillside vineyard lovingly farmed and cared for by husband & wife owners David & Stacey Gollnick. Our passion is farming and our mission is to produce 100% estate grown, single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that authentically express the marine-influenced mountain vineyard site that is our home. Wines are crafted in small lots with minimal intervention by cool-climate virtuoso, Ehren Jordan.
Please call in advance to make reservations for groups of six or more.
Mount Eden VineyardsMount Eden VineyardsSeated Tasting By Appointment Only – the second and fourth Saturday of each month
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
Muccigrosso VineyardsMuccigrosso Vineyards
Muccigrosso Vineyards is a family-run endeavor committed to producing small quantities of hand made fine wines designed to satisfy everybody. Since the early 80′s when we first planted vines on our Santa Cruz Mountain property, we have studied the winemaking process from vine to glass. Over the years we have learned a great deal about getting results with as little intervention possible. Thanks to a broadening fan base, recent seasonal fortune and a foolhardy sense of adventure, we have become a bonded winery.
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.
Please see our website here for opportunities to taste our wines.
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!
Naumann VineyardsNaumann VineyardsOpen for Passport Celebration Days & by appointment only
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.
Neely WineNeely WineOpen on passport celebration days and by appointment only.
Neely Wines is a small family owned and operated winery producing estate grown and crafted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Nicholson VineyardsNicholson VineyardsTasting Room open Sat & summer Sun (mid Jun-Aug) 12-5pm
Our boutique Santa Cruz Mountains winery is located at the end of Pleasant Valley in Aptos in the Corralitos foothills. The winery grounds are planted with four acres of estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, as well as 4 acres of Tuscan varietal olive trees. In addition to our wonderful extra virgin olive oil, we produce over 1000 cases of wine annually, which include limited releases of our estate wines, as well as additional production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah Grenache, Sangiovese and Zinfandel from Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
The winery is open for tasting Saturdays from Noon to 5 pm, except for special event days (please call 831-724-7071 to confirm). We are also open on Sundays during the summer. We hope you have the opportunity to visit, and join us in savoring a glass of wine. Relax and enjoy the vineyard and valley views while you share a picnic lunch with friends under the Oaks.
OdonataOdonataTasting Room open Tue 4:30-8pm, Fri-Sun 12-5pm
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.
PartagePartageTasting Room open on Passport Celebration Days 11am-4pm & by appointment only. Groups of 4+ require reservations.
Mark has spent the last 16 years as a Sommelier, traveling to every wine region of the world and becoming an specialist in the wines from Burgundy, France. He found the micro-climates in the Santa Cruz Mountains to resemble some of the greatest regions of France and was fascinated by the county. Small production and single vineyard wines.
Groups of 4+ require reservations.
Groups of 4+ require reservations.
Pescadero Creek VineyardPescadero Creek VineyardClosed to the public, except Passport Celebration Days from 12-5pm.
The Pescadero Creek Vineyard is a meticulously farmed 2.5 acres of Pinot Noir situated on a western facing slope in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Pascale family planted the property in 2001, launching their vision of crafting an elegant and focused wine, reminiscent of the finest Burgundy.
Low fruit yields and small berries with intense concentration of flavor are accomplished through aggressive pruning and thinning, and hand harvesting only the most perfect clusters of fruit. The family strives to highlight the unique micro-environment of their 110-acre estate by keeping yields and quantities low.
Today the family produces just 4 barrels per year.
To learn more, or to acquire wine visit www.pesacaderocreekvineyard.com or email email@example.com.
Pescadero Creek Vineyard is closed to the public. We are happy to welcomes guests on Passport Celebration Days between 12-5pm.
Portola VineyardsPortola VineyardsTasting Room open for Passport Celebration Days & by appointment only
We are a community-supported micro-winery focused on making hand-crafted Pinot Noir. 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 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 and the vines that produce their wine, and to come together with neighbors in the beauty of the foothills.
Directions: Note that street numbers are not sequential on Los Trancos Rd. Most GPS units will be unable to locate Portola Vineyards on Los Trancos Rd. Google Maps is OK, though. Just enter Portola Vineyards. Or follow these instructions: Following the turn from Alpine Rd onto Los Trancos Rd, continue 0.4 miles. We are on the left, at the Portola Vineyards sign. Approach the gate very closely and it will open.
Tasting Room open for Passport Days & By Appointment only
Radonich Brothers VineyardsRadonich Brothers VineyardsTasting Room open for Passport Celebration Days 12-5pm & by appointment only
Located in the historic Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos, California at an elevation of 1,980 feet, our focus is on estate grown Pinot Noir, handcrafted in small lots using traditional methods, and aged in the finest French Oak barrels.
We produce a truly exceptional Pinot Noir that reflects the special characteristics of the Santa Cruz Mountain wine growing region.
Regale Winery and VineyardsRegale Winery and VineyardsTasting Room open Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 11am-5pm, Mon-Fri by appointment only
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.
Rexford WineryRexford WineryTasting Room open Sat & Sun 1-5pm
Unique wines crafted in Santa Cruz, California.
Rexford Winery handcrafts wines in small lots using grapes from select local vineyards. The focus is on single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and other premium varieties. The wines accurately reflect the varietal characteristics of the grapes and the unique microclimates and soils of the vineyards from which they come.
Our style is strongly influenced by European wines that pair well with food.
Joe Miller, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, is the winemaker at Rexford. He has taught university courses on enology and wine appreciation for more than 30 years and began making wine in the 1970s. Joe works with his son Sam Miller, the Rexford associate winemaker. Based on over 35 years of hands-on winemaking combined, Joe and Sam depend on sensory evaluation to guide them in crafting Rexford wines.
Open hours for tasting and sales: Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 pm.
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 VineyardsTasting Room open weekends from 11-4pm
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.
Roudon-Smith WineryRoudon-Smith Winerytemporarily closed for tastings, please call winery for pouring location
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 VineyardTasting Room Open Monday-Friday, 12-5pm & Saturday-Sunday, 12-5:30pm.
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.
Sante Arcangeli Family WinesSante Arcangeli Family WinesTasting Room open weekends and on Passport Celebration Days
The winery facility at 238 Carpenteria Road, Aromas, CA 95004 will be closed for Passport Day on November 18th, 2017. Our tasting room in Pescadero is always open for Passport.
For a fun video about the winery, with striking aerial footage of the vineyards, see https://www.santewinery.com/about-the-family/.
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 238 Carpenteria Road in Aromas is open for select invitation-only events – please check our website or Facebook page for updates: http://www.facebook.com/santewinery . 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. We also produce Pinot Noir from Lester Family Vineyard and Hicks Vineyard in Corralitos, along with the coveted Mardikian Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. To learn more, visit http://www.santewinery.com/vineyards.
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.
Stockwell CellarsStockwell CellarsTasting Room open Fri 2-9pm, Sat 2-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Welcome to Stockwell Cellars.
We believe winemaking is an art, and the best barrel-aged wines combine old world techniques with new world technology.
Elegant and complex, our wines pay tribute to the rich heritage of winemaking in the Santa Cruz, where we produce some of California’s best handcrafted wines.
The Mountain WineryThe Mountain WineryTasting Room open Thu-Sun 12-5pm, Tasting Room closes at 3:30pm on concert nights
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 & VineyardsTasting Room Hours – Monday, 12pm – 4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
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.
Vidovich VineyardsVidovich VineyardsTasting Room open every Sunday from 11am – 5pm. *Starting May 12th the Tasting Room will be Open on Saturdays as well*
Here at Vidovich Vineyards we make one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. Our grapes are grown in our estate vineyard located at the very top of the Monte Bello mountain ridge at 2,450 feet above sea level. The vines, planted primarily on the north-eastern facing slope of the beautiful mountain, benefit from cool marine influenced evening temperatures and long daytime exposure to sunlight above the fog line. From an exceptional vineyard site comes fine age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon with the distinct complex flavors of the Monte Bello wine region.
OPEN every Sunday 11:00-5:00 and on Passport Days. *Starting May 12th the Tasting Room will be Open on Saturdays as well*
Reservations are recommended for parties of 8 or more. Drop -ins are welcome all day.
Villa del Monte WineryVilla del Monte WineryOpen one weekend per month and on Passport Celebration Days from 12-5pm. Check website for details.
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/
Waxwing WinesWaxwing WinesOpen on Passport Celebration Days from 12-5pm and most Fridays from 6-9pm. Please check website for most current schedule.
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 & WineryOpen Sat 12-5pm, Sun (Mid June – Labor Day Weekend)
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 VineyardsTasting Room Open Weekends, 11am–4pm
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.
Wrights Station Vineyard & WineryWrights Station Vineyard & WineryTasting Room open Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
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