The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area) encompasses more than 850 square miles along the Penninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean down to the Monterey 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. The sub-region drop down feature allows you to plan for a fun-filled, educational wine experience here in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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
Lexington Wine Co.Lexington Wine Co.Mon, Thu, Sun 12-5pm; Fri & Sat 12-7pm
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.”