Traveling to Santa Cruz

Where to Stop in San Jose and Santa Cruz


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Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

I’ve just returned from spending several days in the region, on both the eastern and western side of the appellation, and I want to share some of the details of my trip. I’ll be writing up tasting notes and a more in-depth and geeky look at the region over the coming days, but today I wanted to look at some of the options for travel to the region.

Sandwiched roughly between San Jose and Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is a rather long, slender swathe of land with vineyards roughly between 400 and 2100 feet above sea level, which explains all the hill country driving involved. There are attractive wineries worth visiting on both sides of the AVA, but for a casual visit, sticking to the east side might make more sense, and might also warrant a night or two in San Jose.

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  • Snooth User: Bob N
    373985 97

    No bonny doon?

    Feb 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

  • Snooth User: katchen
    233270 15

    What about Big Basin or Sarah's?

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

  • bonny doon is worth a report on its own

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

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