The Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation is nestled in one of the most unique natural environments in the world.  Mountain terrain, marine influence, varied micro-climates, and distinctive soils combine to produce some of the finest conditions for winegrowing.

The Santa Cruz Mountains are called “America’s Premier Mountain Appellation” because it was the first winegrowing region in the nation to be defined by a mountain range.  The peak of Mount Madonna forms the southern boundary, and the sparkling waters of Half Moon Bay define the northern boundary.  The minimum vineyard elevation is 400 feet on the ocean side and rises from 400 feet on the eastern San Francisco Bay side to 800 feet at the southeast boundary.  Vineyards are planted as high as 3,200 feet.  The appellation exceeds 400,000 acres although vineyard plantings are around 1,500 acres.

The Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards are among the precious few situated close to the cooling effects of the ocean and the San Francisco Bay.  Many wineries boast breathtaking ocean views.  The temperate climate typically encourages early bud break.  During the growing season, the fog tends to roll in some sometime in the late afternoon with the sun burning it off the next morning.  This allows the grapes to ripen in cooler temperatures.  Harvest usually begins in mid-September with some vineyards harvesting as late as October.  The longer growing season allows the grapes to mature slowly with intensely complex flavor.

Alfaro Family Vineyards
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Enjoy tasting wines in our intimate tasting room or bring a picnic and take in the view from our deck overlooking the vines.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel
Hours:
Sat Noon - 5pm
Tasting Fee:
$10/pp
Phone:
831-761-1174
Address:
420 Hames Road
City:
Corralitos
Armitage Wines
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Our focus is delicately crafting Pinot noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Integrity and intention in every step of the grapes development into wine.

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Hours:
Wed - Thu 3pm - 7pm, Sat Noon - 8pm, Sun Noon - 7pm (Nov - Feb) • Wed - Fri 3pm - 8pm, Sat Noon - 8pm, Sun Noon - 7pm (Mar - Oct)
Tasting Fee:
$15/pp
Phone:
831-708-2874
Address:
105c Post Office Drive
City:
Aptos
Bargetto Winery
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Our family invites you to taste our award-winning wines and experience the long tradition and dramatic beauty of this internationally-acclaimed appellation.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Port, Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel
Hours:
Daily Noon - 5pm
Tasting Fee:
$15/pp
Phone:
831-475-2258
Address:
3535 N Main St
City:
Soquel
Beauregard Vineyards
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Beauregard Vineyards is a family run operation focused on luscious, hand crafted wines.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Chardonnay, Late Harvest, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, White Blend, Zinfandel
Features:
Special Event Facilities
Hours:
Nov - May Wed - Mon 11am - 5pm
Phone:
831-425-7777
Address:
10 Pine Flat Road
City:
Santa Cruz
Big Basin Vineyards Estate Vineyard & Winery
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Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic vineyard site in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside the town of Boulder Creek and next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Bordeaux Blend, Carignane, Chardonnay, Grenache, GSM, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Red Rhône Blend, Rosé, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier
Features:
Olive Oils, Picnic Area, Sustainable/Organic/Biodynamic
Hours:
Sat & Sun Noon - 5pm, Fri 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Apr - Oct)
Tasting Fee:
$18 - $45/pp
Phone:
831-621-8028
Address:
830 Memory Lane
City:
Boulder Creek
Big Basin Vineyards Saratoga Tasting Room
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Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Bordeaux Blend, Carignane, Chardonnay, Grenache, GSM, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Red Rhône Blend, Rosé, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier
Features:
Olive Oils, Restaurant/Food Service, Sustainable/Organic/Biodynamic
Hours:
Mon, Thu & Sun Noon - 5pm, Fri Noon - 7pm
Tasting Fee:
$18 - $35/pp
Phone:
408-564-7346
Address:
14598 Big Basin Way
City:
Saratoga
Black Ridge Vineyards
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The inherent, discernible attributes of our vineyard are reflected in each of our wines.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Viognier
Features:
Vineyard Tours
Hours:
Thu 1pm - 6pm
Tasting Fee:
$15/pp - $20/pp
Phone:
408-399-6396
Address:
18550 Black Road
City:
Los Gatos
Bonny Doon Vineyard
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Bonny Doon Vineyard is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the tiny hamlet of Bonny Doon.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Albariño, Red Blend, Riesling, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier, White Blend
Hours:
Daily Noon - 5pm
Phone:
831-425-4518
Address:
Le Cigare Volant
328 Ingalls Street
City:
Santa Cruz
Bottle Jack Winery
Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Red Tuscan Blend, Rosé, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel
Features:
Special Event Facilities
Hours:
3rd Sat & Sun every month from Noon – 4pm
Tasting Fee:
$15 - $20/pp
Phone:
831-227-2288
Address:
1088 La Madrona Drive
City:
Santa Cruz
Bottle Jack Wines Westside Tasting Room
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Our goal is to make wines that we know we’ll enjoy drinking ourselves and that are to be shared with family friends laughter and love.

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Wines/Liquors Produced:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Red Tuscan Blend, Rosé, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel
Hours:
Thu - Fri 3pm - 7pm, Sat & Sun Noon-6pm
Tasting Fee:
$15 - $20/pp
Phone:
831-227-2288
Address:
Surf City Wine Collective
328 D Ingalls Street
City:
Santa Cruz

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