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.
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 Vineyards
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