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.
Traveling to Santa Cruz
Where to Stop in San Jose and Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
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.