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.
Corralitos Wine TrailCorralitos Wine Trail
Sunny Corralitos, at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, is 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz and
an hour south of San Jose.
In this idyllic spot for grape growing, four independent, family-owned wineries have established the Corralitos Wine Trail:
Alfaro Family Vineyards, Nicholson Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Vineyards and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery .
Silicon Valley Wine TrailSilicon Valley Wine Trail
Just minutes away from many Silicon Valley locations are some of the most historic and highly rated wineries in the region – all of which may be visited in a relatively short drive. Visit both beautiful mountaintop locations with great views and picnic locations and easy to get to Tasting Rooms in downtown Saratoga. You will find exceptional Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnays, Pinots, Cabernets, Syrahs and other wines on your adventures following the Silicon Valley Wine Trail. Not to mention there are a multitude of restaurants from walking distance of downtown Saratoga tasting rooms.
Summit to the Sea Wine TrailSummit to the Sea Wine Trail
The Summit Sirens invite you to follow the trail of the vine as it winds through some of the most picturesque mountain locales in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Summit to Sea Wine Trail is a unique collection of wineries, each ready to welcome you with hospitality and exceptional award winning wines. It only takes a day to fully enjoy the Wine Trail or you can plan a few weekends to experience all that each winery has to offer. We invite you to explore this site and see where the trail leads you. You’ll find more than just great wine!
Summit WineriesSummit Wineries
The Summit Road Wineries offer spectacular views across the mountains to the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Los Gatos or Santa Cruz you can visit all these wineries in a single afternoon. Mountain vineyards, forest scenery, excellent mountain wines and beautiful gardens all come together to offer a true ‘top of the world’ wine tasting experience.
Surf City VintnersSurf City Vintners
The Surf City Vintners collective of micro-boutique wineries, numbering a dozen, has made Santa Cruz a vibrant mecca for wine tasting. An urban renewal project has turned former warehouse space into a hip, trendy destination. The individual wineries are in close proximity on the Westside of Santa Cruz on Ingalls Street, Swift Street, and the Old Sash Mill. Meet and talk with the winemakers!