Alfaro Family Vineyards & WineryAlfaro Family Vineyards & WineryTasting Room Open Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm (summer), 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
Big Basin VineyardsBig Basin Vineyards
Walk In Saratoga Tasting Room Hours:
Thurs, Sun & Mon 12pm-5pm
Fri & Sat 12pm-7pm
Bottle Jack WineryBottle Jack WineryTasting Room open for special events and every 3rd Sat & Sun of the month 12-4pm, please check website for details.
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.
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.
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.
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–5 pm
Last Tasting 4:45 pm
THE MUDD ROOM HOURS:
(Cinnabar’s after-hours wine bar – no tastings)
Friday and Saturday, 5–8 pm
Friday and Saturday, 5:30–7:30 pm June through September; and Sunday, 2–4 pm, in the Mudd Room or on the patio.
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.
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.
Domenico WineryDomenico WineryTasting Room hours for Passport Days 11am-4:30pm, please visit website for general tasting room hours
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.
Beginning November 1st, Domenico Winery will be opened on the weekends from 11am-4pm and by appointment as we are doing major improvements that will be done in the Summer of 2017.
Tasting Room open 11am-4pm on Passport
Tasting Room open 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
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.
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.
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
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.
McHenry VineyardMcHenry VineyardTasting Room open on Passport Celebration Days only
Mindego Ridge VineyardMindego Ridge VineyardSaratoga Tasting Room Hours – Mon, Thur, Sun 12-5 PM | Fri, Sat 12-7 PM | Other times by appt. Please call in advance to make reservations for groups of six or more.
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.
Saratoga Tasting Room Hours – Mon, Thur, Sun 12-5 PM | Fri, Sat 12-7 PM | Other times by appt. Please call in advance to make reservations for groups of six or more.
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.
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
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 Vineyard
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.
Tasting Room is Open Seven Days a Week for the Summer!
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.