Santa Cruz Wine

Both environment and economics pose significant challenges to viticulture in Santa Cruz County, which is home to some of North America’s finest wineries. The coastal county enjoys unparalleled natural beauty and proximity to San Francisco. However, with benefits come drawbacks, as vineyard developers are forced to compete with urban aristocrats seeking the perfect plot of land for their million-dollar homes. When you combine these conditions with steep, rugged, remote vineyard sites and Pierce’s disease, you have either a winery owner’s nightmare or the stuff legends are made of. In Santa Cruz County, the latter description is more appropriate. A ‘Who’s Who’ of Central Coast winemakers call this county and its two AVAs (Santa Cruz Mountains and Ben Lomond) home. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Santa Cruz View all

  • Picchetti Winery

    Located on a historic ranch a short drive from the Silicon Valley, Picchetti Winery is one of the...

  • Burrell School Vineyards

    Located at the historic Burrell School, our goal is to grow the best wine grapes possible so we c...

  • Kings Mountain Vineyard

    The vineyard at Kings Mountain was planted in 1992 on a private estate that has existed in Woodsi...

  • Chaine D'or Vineyards

    Chaine d’Or is a small winery in Woodside. Our founders, Anne and Jerry Anderson, planted our fi...

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  • Round 4 - and now for all of my Snooth US colleagues - the US setFirstly - if I ... price pointMount Eden CS [Santa Cruz Mountains] 2012CS 78 M 10 cf 10 PV 2Definitely my favourite, seriously good wine great depth no hole in the middle feels like it will age well, around AUD100 here but I certainly thought it outperformed the first 2 on both ab... Read More

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  • NG, nice to hear from you!  We met the owners of Windy Oak several years ... ... yet to make that trip to Santa Cruz but it is still on our list.DM, those are some awesome pics!  Reminds me of our visit to the Portland Japanese Garden back in 2013.Back to what we're drinking tonight. This was a really nice, delicious Nebbiolo.  Layers of ripe ... Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... aging potential here.1982 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Durif Jones Ranch - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz MountainsThis wine was the surprise treat of the evening. My somm Rachel pulled this one out of her hat and nailed it. Color was medium dark red with ... Read More

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  • Here's an offer from another vendor on that list. Lots of mouthwatering ... ... Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains -- 1994 750mL  (1)  $125.00  Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red -- 1995 750mL  (11)WA96scl  $135.00  Ridge Monte Bello -- 1989 750mL  (6)WS92   $229.00  Ridge Monte Bello -- 1989 750mL  (2)WS92bn  $229.00          Please let us ... Read More

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  • Pacific Cruise Highway 1 NV


    Awesome medium body on this red blend. Very likable on the palate. Stay away from this one, however. The congestion that followed was not worth it. Read More

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  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely ... from ... from Northern California...Santa Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm, but I hear Brewer-Clifton (from Charline) is doing great things, which is backed up by critical acclai Read More

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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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  • The peninsula is one thing, but Sunnyvale and San Jose down in its armpit are ... unless you need to access Santa Cruz for ocean sports). Sunnyvale/San Jose last.  Then there's always Gilroy and a commute...  ; Read More

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  • Maybe an old college friend also did the label design.  Just think, if ... Crest'.Thankfully, no UC Santa Cruz alums are jumping on the "College Nickname Crest" fa Read More

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  • Storrs Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013


    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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