Santa Cruz Mountains Wine

 

The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is a vast region within San Francisco Bay in California’s Central Coast. Most of it is within Santa Cruz county, but also flows into Santa Clara and San Mateo. Just minutes away from the bustling city are wineries grown high into the hills and tops of ridges, some of the highest elevated vineyards in the state. The Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay all contribute to a predominately maritime climate in the region. But there are many soil types and microclimates, with warmer temperatures inland and cooler temperatures reaching the coast and ridges. For this reason a variety of grapes are grown from cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. 
 
Wine-making can be traced back to the very early 1800s with missionary plantings for ceremonial wines. Like many California wine regions, a successful wine industry took shape from the mid to late 1800s, then fell apart between Phylloxera Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Ridge Vineyards

    The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearin...

  • Varner

    Bob Varner and Jim Varner are happy to announce the release of the of the Varner 2007 Chardonnay ...

  • Silver Mountain Vineyards

    Silver Mountain produces handcrafted premium wines from its mountaintop winery in the Santa Cruz ...

  • Thunder Mountain

    It's exciting to realize that our wines are resting in cellars all over the world, and practicall...

  • Alfaro Family Vineyard & Winery

    We invite you to come and experience a taste of Corralitos, the best-kept secret of the Santa Cru...

  • Thomas Fogarty Winery

    Internationally recognized heart surgeon, Stanford professor and inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty foun...

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  • Pinot Paradise, a celebration of the Pinot Noirs of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is March 27-28. On Saturday: the wineries are open for Pinot Pathways, with special barrel tastings and new releases. On Sunday: the Grand Cruz Tasting at Villa Ragusa in Campbell in the afternoon. And that morning is the Technical Session: this year focusing on the in...

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  • My brother and his family live in Mt. Herman over in the mountains by Santa Cruz.  His commute is nuts, but the town is a beautiful mountain village.  A mountain side creek not far from his house a trails to hike.  I like his area, but not the prices. Read More

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  • Storrs Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013

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    This is a great wine at a price that's a bit more accessible than many similar ... ... pinot that brings the Santa Cruz Mountains to life Read More

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  • Storrs Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2014

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    "This is a very intriguing, tasty and cerebral bottling from this producer, which has an urban tasting room in the heart of Santa Cruz. Aromas of Brie cheese rind, Meyer-lemon pith, light jasmine and sea-salt-crusted cashew lead into a very grippy palate laden with pomelo pith and incredibly vibrant citrus and saline flavors." - Matt Kettmann Wi... Read More

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  • Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013

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    Delicious, affordable pinot from a local Santa Cruz Mountains producer that knows what they are doing. This full bodied pinot offers strawberry and cherry on the nose with a luscious mid palate, white pepper, and an elegant finish. Read More

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