San Benito County Wine

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is the source for many high profile wineries’ ‘Coastal’ lines, but the county name and its six American Viticultural Areas have been noticeably absent from wine labels for almost two decades. An exception is Josh Jensen’s Calera Wine Company, the county’s leading advocate of ‘terroir’ for close to 30 years. In 1990, Calera received official AVA status for their own Mount Harlan AVA, located in the high elevations of the Gabilan Mountain range. Times are changing and the image of San Benito County as a viable and diverse wine region is gaining momentum. New winery and vineyard developments and the resurrection of old vineyard plots should be credited with this resurgence. This has led to an almost four fold increase in vineyard acreage in the last decade. Once the almost exclusive domain of former industry giant Almaden, San Benito County now boasts a healthy mix of small and large scale wineries and vineyards supplying some of the state’s most prestigious wineries including Beaulieu Vineyards Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Négrette

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • Teague Vineyards

    Welcome to, located in the growing wine region of San Benito County. Our 2007...

  • Alicats

    Alicats winery donates a portion of proceeds to The DSRTF (Down Syndrome Research and Treatment F...

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