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

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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Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Viognier
Sat Noon - 5pm
420 Hames Road
Bargetto Winery

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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Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Port, Dessert Wine, Muscat Canelli, Dolcetto
Daily Noon - 5pm
$5/pp or $10/pp for reserve wines
3535 N Main St
Beauregard Vineyards

Beauregard Vineyards is a family run operation focused on luscious, hand crafted wines.

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Chardonnay, Late Harvest, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, White Blend, Zinfandel
Special Event Facilities
Nov - May Wed - Mon 11am - 5pm
10 Pine Flat Road
Santa Cruz
Big Basin Vineyards

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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GSM, GSM Rosé, Pinot Noir, Red Rhône Blend, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling, Roussanne
Thu - Mon Noon - 5pm, Fri - Sat 11am - 8pm
14598 Big Basin Way
Black Ridge Vineyards

The inherent, discernible attributes of our vineyard are reflected in each of our wines.

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Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Viognier
Vineyard Tours
Thu 1pm - 6pm
$15/pp - $20/pp
18550 Black Road
Los Gatos
Bonny Doon Vineyard

Bonny Doon Vineyard is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the tiny hamlet of Bonny Doon.

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Albariño, Red Blend, Riesling, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier, White Blend
Daily Noon - 5pm
Le Cigare Volant
328 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz
Burrell School Vineyards

Located at the historic Burrell School, our goal is to grow the best wine grapes possible so we can create distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home.

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Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Syrah, Zinfandel
Gift Shop
Thu - Sun 11am - 5pm
24060 Summit Road
Los Gatos
Clos de la Tech

Our goal is clear: to make the New World's Best Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir
Mon - Wed 11am - 6pm, Thu - Sat 11am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 5pm
421 Main Street
Half Moon Bay
Clos LaChance Winery

Clos LaChance produces wines from our 150-acre Estate vineyard in San Martin, CA and the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Late Harvest, Malbec, Muscat Blanc, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Red Meritage Blend, Red Rhône Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel
Picnic Area, Restaurant/Food Service, Winery Tours, Sustainable/Organic/Biodynamic
Daily 11am - 5pm
$5/pp - $10/pp
1 Hummingbird Lane
San Martin
David Bruce Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay
Picnic Area
Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm and by appointment
21439 Bear Creek Road
Los Gatos