The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation encompasses approximately 480,000 acres, from Woodside in the north to Watsonville (Mount Madonna) in the south, some 60 miles as the crow flies and 100 miles to drive. Within this area are some 60+ wineries and over 200 small vineyards growing approximately 1300 acres of winegrapes, divided about ¼ evenly among Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and ‘other’ varietals (most notably Merlot and Zinfandel). A single vineyard in some appellations has as much if not more acreage as we have in our entire appellation! Our winegrapes are rare and in demand.

Our broad region is marked by diverse microclimates: warm on the eastern (inland) side where Zinfandel, Cabernet, and Merlot predominate; and on the coastal side and ridgetops, cooled by ocean breezes and fog, cooler climate varietals such as Pinot Noir are grown. Soils are varied (decomposed rock, clay, loam, limestone); an abundant mineral content often releases a fresh, mineral character to the wines.

The region’s vineyards actively support sustainable winegrape growing. Our winegrowers have used best vineyard and sustainable practices, including cover crops, erosion control, canopy management, for decades. Since the first sustainable workshops in 2004 the region has seen an increase in the adoption of sustainable vineyard practices. Some have adopted alternative energy such as solar and biodiesel. Several vineyards grow organically, and one is certified organic by the CCOF.

Casanova Vineyards

23500 Mount Eden Rd. Saratoga CA 95070 Phone: (408) 425-3304Website:

Chaine d’Or Vineyards

Not Open to the Public
140 Sunrise Drive Woodside California 94062 Phone: 650-851-8977Website:

Dorcich Vineyards

11775 Watsonville Rd. Gilroy CA 95020 Phone: 408-686-4141Website:

Gali Vineyards Inc.

End of Spring Hills Drive Watsonville CA 95076 Phone: 408-981-5075Website:

Lago Lomita Vineyards

25200 Loma Prieta Ave. Los Gatos CA 95033 Phone: 408-802-8752Website:

Lester Family Wines

Tasting Room Opening – Spring 2019
1950 Pleasant Valley Road Aptos CA 95003 Phone: (831) 722-9499Website:

Liebeler Vineyard

Phone: (650) 851-8636Website:
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R Bar R Ranch Vineyard

Phone: (831) 440-7952
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Radonich Brothers Vineyards

Tasting Room open for Passport Celebration Days 12-5pm & by appointment only
25140 Highland Way Los Gatos CA 95033 Phone: 510-552-5302Website:

Saveria Vineyards

Phone: 831-359-9100Website:
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