Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Santa Cruz, Central Coast
When California wines burst on to the international scene in the mid 1970s, it was the Ridge and David Bruce wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA that lead the way at the prestigious Judgement of Paris wine tasting in France. Today this mountainous region cooled by the nearby Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, is still one of the most respected appellations in California. Stretching some 322,000 acres, it has over 80 small vineyards and wineries, but only 1,500 acres under vine. The diversity of weather conditions and geography allow those hearty growers to produce a variety of grapes.
The leading varietals from the area include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Wines from this region tend to have concentrated intense flavors. Many of the vineyards and wineries support sustainable practices such as cover crops, erosion control, solar and biodiesel power. A small number of vineyards also grow organically. Some of the notable wine growing locations within the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA are: Woodside, Cupertino, Saratoga, Loma Prieta, San Lorenzo River Valley, Santa Cruz, Aptos and Corralitos.
The Bargetto Family Winery has been producing award-winning wines since 1933. We have featured their wines in our Gold and Platinum Wine Clubs. You can find their tasting room at Cannery Row if you’re in the neighborhood.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Beginning as a home winemaker Thomas Fogarty Winery has grown into a major winemaking entity
The Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards has existed for nearly four deca ...Read more...
Distinctive, refreshing, and continuously evolving with innovative winemaking
Giuseppe Bargetto arrived in America in 1890 in search of a better lif ...Read more...
Domenico Winery and Vineyards
The legacy of handcrafting wine was passed down from one generation to another
Founded by self-taught, award-winning winemaker Dominick Chirichillo a ...Read more...
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast magazine
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David Bruce Winery
Earning a spot in the Pinot Noir Hall of Fame, David Bruce continues to produce world-class wines
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Cooper Garrod Vineyard
Cooper-Garrod strategy for success is amazing throughout their 100+ year history.
A deep commitment to agriculture, with the ability to ad ...Read more...
One of California's best kept winery secrets
At the cool northern edge of the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains overlooki ...Read more...
River Run Winery
Big, bold, spicy Rhone wines like the kind you find in Europe
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