Wineries of Santa Clara Valley LogoThe history of winemaking and viticulture in the Santa Clara Valley goes back to the 18th Century. From the discovery of native “Vitis Californica” grapes growing wild and the first plantings of Mission grapes at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, through boom years and depression, phylloxera and prohibition, the region has some of the richest tradition of anywhere in the country.

Alara Cellars
Excerpt:

Behind Alara Cellars was an inspiration to bring together my two loves—Wine and Fashion. Fashion illustration can vary from being whimsical and flirty to bold and provocative.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Late Harvest Viognier, Négrette, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier
Hours:
Sat - Sun Noon - 5pm
Phone:
408-834-8828
Address:
6500 Brem Lane
City:
Gilroy
Aver Family Vineyards
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Aver Family Vineyards is truly a family affair. We began this venture in 2005, when we were fortunate to find a magical 8.25-acre vineyard nestled in the beautiful Uvas Valley, at the southern edge of Santa Clara Valley, just south of the Silicon Valley in northern California.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Petit Sirah, Red Rhône Blend, Chardonnay, Viognier
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
408-203-8575
Address:
2900 Soma Way
City:
Gilroy
Casa de Fruta Winery
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Ever Since we planted our first vineyards and orchards in 1908, we've been growing. The Zanger Family, in its third generation, welcomes everyone to enjoy our gourmet fruit and varietal wines.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, White Riesling, Black Muscat, Mead
Features:
Bed & Breakfast, Gift Shop, Picnic Area, Restaurant/Food Service, Special Event Facilities, RV Parking
Hours:
Daily 9am - 6pm
Phone:
408-842-7282
Address:
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy.
City:
Hollister
Castillo’s Hillside Shire Winery
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Our Oak-aged Handcrafted wine is a drinkable treasure-born from Vineyards infused by the peaceful surroundings that only nature can provide.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Red Blend, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel
Hours:
Sat Noon - 7pm, Sun Noon - 5pm
Phone:
408-776-8200
Address:
2215 Liberata Drive
City:
Morgan Hill
Fortino Winery
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Fortino Winery has a long history of premium quality wines, dating back to the early 1800's in Calabria, Italy where the Fortino Family originated.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Black Muscat, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Charbono, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Riesling, Zinfandel
Features:
Gift Shop, Pet Friendly
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm
Tasting Fee:
$5/pp
Phone:
408-842-3305
Address:
4525 Hecker Pass Hwy.
City:
Gilroy
Guglielmo Winery
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A Family Wine Making Tradition in the Santa Clara Valley Since 1925. Guglielmo Winery - a third generation, family owned winery produces a wide variety of award-winning varietals from more than 100 acres of Santa Clara Valley estate vineyards, as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within California.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Grignolino, Marsanne, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Port, Red Blend, Rosé, Sangiovese, Syrah, White Blend, Zinfandel
Features:
Gift Shop, Pet Friendly, Special Event Facilities
Hours:
Daily 10am - 5pm
Address:
1480 East Main Avenue
City:
Morgan Hill
Hecker Pass Winery
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At Hecker Pass Winery, we create wines with true Italian character.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Burgundy, Carignane, Chianti, Cream Sherry, Dolcetto, Marsala, Moscato, Port, Red Blend, White Blend, Zinfandel
Features:
Special Event Facilities
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10am - 4:30pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm
Phone:
408-842-8755
Address:
4605 Hecker Pass Hwy.
City:
Gilroy
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
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Flavorful wines, quite literally “wines full of flavor” are the mission at J. Lohr.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rosé, GSM, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Valdiguié, Viognier, White Riesling, Late Harvest, White Zinfandel
Hours:
Daily 10am - 5pm
Phone:
408-918-2160
Address:
1000 Lenzen Ave.
City:
San Jose
Kirigin Cellars
Excerpt:

Be sure to try our most sought after wine, "Vino de Mocca" aka The Kissing Wine! Mr. Kirigin created this coffee and chocolate infused port for his wife, making this a wine full of love!

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
Features:
Pet Friendly, Special Event Facilities
Hours:
Daily 10m - 5pm
Phone:
408-847-8827
Address:
11550 Watsonville Rd.
City:
Gilroy
Lightheart Cellars
Excerpt:

Lightheart Cellars is a realized dream, a partnership of science, art, and a bit of spirit tossed in.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombard, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Mead
Hours:
First and Third Weekends Noon - 5pm and by appointment
Tasting Fee:
$5/pp (waived with purchase)
Phone:
408-475-8463
Address:
305 Roosevelt Ave.
City:
San Martin

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