Discover Santa Cruz Wineries



Santa Cruz Are you ready to plan a California Wine Tour to Santa Cruz wineries? Located close to the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz enjoys a cool growing season. Foggy summer days means that grapes ripen in cooler temperatures. This allows the grapes to remain on the vines longer.


Some vineyards harvest their grapes as late as October. The longer growing season results in grapes with more complexity and allows for the production of distinctive wines.

Most of the wineries in Santa Cruz are small, family-owned facilities. They are focused on creating the finest wines possible rather than on quantity. Wine tasting at Santa Cruz wineries costs between $3-$10 per taster.

Santa Cruz Wineries - California Wine Tour
The practice of sharing a glass as a couple is widely accepted. Central Coast wine tasting means fine wines, ocean views, and friendly tasting rooms. Choose from wineries located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains or from city sites.



While sampling wine at Santa Cruz wineries, you really should visit that last seaside amusement park left. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located on a sandy beach, and features thrilling and classic rides, minature golf, video arcades, food, bowling, and live entertainment.






Santa Cruz Wineries

Map of Santa Cruz Wineries



Ahlgren Vineyard
20320 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-6071
Open Saturdays for Central Coast wine tasting Noon – 4 PM



Alexander Cellars Alexander Cellars/Sarticious Spirits
Address: 427 A Swift St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 471-9090
Open Fri.-Sun. Noon – 5 PM for Central Coast wine tasting
This is a small winery and distillery.




Aptos Creek
Address: 520 Nisene Meadows Ct., Aptos
Telephone: (831) 636-7311
Open for tasting by appointment.





Armida Winery
Address: 103 Stockton Ave., Capitola
Telephone: (831) 462-1065
Open Wed.-Sat. 11AM - 7 PM
Armida produces a variety of wines. They're probably best known for their Poizin-the wine to die for! It is available with a coffin-shaped box.




Bargetto Winery
Address: 3535 N. Main Street, Soquel, CA 95073
Telephone: (831)475-2258
This Central Coast wine tasting room is in a lovely setting overlooking Soquel Creek. Bargetto Winery specializes in Italian varietals and dessert wines. They have a second wine tasting room on Cannery Row in Monterey.




Beauregard Vineyards Santa Cruz Wharf Beauregard Vineyards
Address: 10 Pine Flat Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 458-9463
This small Santa Cruz winery is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.....most easily accessible by taking Bonny Doon Rd. from Hwy. 1 between Davenport and Santa Cruz. The tasting room reminds us of a mountain lodge. It's a large tasting room and gift shop. We loved all their wines especially the Zinfandel, which is spicy and jammy with 17.5% alcohol.




Big Basin
Address: 14598 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Telephone: (408) 564-7346
Fri.-Sat. 11AM - 7PM; Mon.-Thurs. 11AM - 5PM





Black Ridge Vineyards Black Ridge Vineyards
Address: 18550 Black Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Telephone: (408) 399-6396
Open: The 3rd weekend of each month and by private appointment.
Black Ridge Vineyards, a new vineyard and winery, is located 5 minutes south of downtown Los Gatos and overlooks the Lexington Reservoir and 22 acres of vines. Black Ridge produces limited production lots of 100% estate-grown wines. They specialize in award-winning Viognier, Pinot Noir, and a Bordeaux blend, San Andreas Red. Black Ridge Vineyards is quickly becoming a local favorite.





Bonny Doon Vineyard
Address: 328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 425-4518
Open daily for California Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM
*Restaurant
The tasting room of Bonny Doon has many wines to taste including a large number that are only available at the tasting room. Two that we especially enjoyed that you can only get at the tasting room were the Sauvignon Blanc and the Barbera d'Asti. If you like dessert wines, they have a good selection....including the Framboise "Infusion of Raspberry", which won a Gold Medal at the SF Chronicle Tasting. This highly rated wine has sensational berry flavors.






Bruzzone
Address: 433 Sunridge Dr., Scotts Valley
Telephone: (831) 438-3120
Open for tasting by appointment






Burrell School Vineyards
Address: 24060 Summit Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033
Telephone: (408) 353-6290
Open Weekends for California Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM
This Santa Cruz winery is located at the historic 1890 Burrell School House.




Byington Winery Byington Winery & Vineyard
Address: 21850 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033
Telephone: (408) 354-1111
*Bocce *Weddings *Scenic View
Open daily for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM
Byington has a fantastic Grand Chateau wine tasting room and beautiful grounds. On clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean in the background. They have a picnic area and bocce ball to experience as well.


Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
Address: 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Telephone: (408) 741-5858
Open 11 AM - 5 PM on weekdays and 11 AM - 8 PM on weekends.




Clos Tita
Address: 4 Kendall Lane, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 439-9235
Open for tasting by appointment only.





Cooper-Garrod Vineyards
Address: 22645 Garrod Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070
Telephone: (408) 867-7116
Open Weekends for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM; Weekdays Noon – 5 PM
This Santa Cruz winery was established in 1972.




Copious Winery
Address: 427 Swift Street A, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 425-WINE
Open weekends noon-6PM and Fri. noon-5PM






David Bruce Winery David Bruce Winery
Address: 21439 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033
Telephone: (408) 395-5478
Open Weekends for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM; Weekdays Noon – 5 PM
David Bruce Winery makes great Pinot Noir in addition to other fine wines. The tasting room is nice and the staff is extremely friendly. The gentleman helping us went into a backroom and printed us maps to several Santa Cruz wineries we were visiting later in the day.


Domenico Wines
Address: 1681-1697 Industrial Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070
Telephone: (650) 593-2335
Open daily noon - 5 PM.




Equinox Champagne Cellar
Address: 427-C Swift St., Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 338-2646
Open Fri.-Sun. Noon-5PM






Hallcrest Winery Hallcrest Vineyards
Address: 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018
Telephone: (831) 335-4441
Open daily for Central Coast wine tasting Noon – 5 PM
Hallcrest Vineyards has a large variety of wines to taste.




Heart o' the Mountain
Address: 5610 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley
Telephone: (831) 345-6133
Open by appointment only.






Hillcrest Terrace
Address: 4298 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 426-1500
Open Weekends noon - 5PM






Hunter Hill Wines Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Address: 7099 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA 95073
Telephone: (831) 465-9294
Open Weekendss 11 AM – 4 PM





La Nebbia Winery
Address: 12341 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Telephone: (650) 726-9463
Open daily 10 AM - 5 PM.
*Bocce




Mountain Winery The Mountain Winery
Address: 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070
Telephone: (408) 741-2822
*Summer Concerts
Known for its wines and for its winery concerts.




Michaud/Martella
Address: 14598 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Telephone: (408) 647-2579
Open Fri.-Sat. Noon-8PM; Sun. & Thurs. Noon-6PM






MJA Vineyards
Address: 328A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 421-9380
Open daily noon-8
MJA has a second tasting room in Los Gato at 24900 Highland Way.





Muccigrosso
Address: 21450 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos
Telephone: (408) 354-0821
Open by appointment only.






Natal Vineyard
Address: 1310 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone: (831) 750-0271
Open Saturdays 11 AM - 4 PM




Nicholson Vineyards
Address: 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos
Telephone: (831) 724-7071
Open Saturdays noon-4PM






Obester Wine Works
Address: 12341 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Telephone: (650) 726-9463
Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM




Odonata
Address: 334A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 566-5147
Open first Saturday of each month noon-5PM






Organic Wine Works
Address: 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018
Telephone: (800) OWW-WINE
Open daily Noon – 5 PM
Their wines are organically grown and processed.




Osocalis Distillery
Address: 5579 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel
Telephone: (831) 477-1718
Open by appointment only.






P & M Staiger Vineyard
Address: 1300 Hopkins Gulch Rd., Boulder Creek
Telephone: (831) 338-0172
Open by appointment only.






Pelican Ranch Winery Pelican Ranch Winery
Address: 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, CA 950060
Telephone: (831) 426-6911
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
This is a small winery owned by a professor at UC Santa Cruz. The tasting room is located in downtown Santa Cruz. Our favorites are the Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills. It had lots of berry flavors, very well balanced. Yummy! We also enjoyed the red wine blend called Spectrum Rouge. It is unusual because it includes 14% Chardonnay along with 43% Zinfandel and 43% Syrah.




Pichetti Winery Picchetti Winery
Address: 13100 Montebello Rd., Cuppertino, CA 95014
Telephone: (408) 741-1310
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
Their tasting room at South Lake Tahoe has recently closed.





Pinder Winery
Address: 165 Cristich Ln., Campbell, CA 95008
Telephone: (877) 684-2601
Open Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM
Pinder is a small, family owned winery.




Pleasant Valley
Address: 600 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos
Telephone: (831) 728-2826
Open April-October on Saturdays noon-4 and by appointment.






Poetic Cellars
Address: 5000 Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel
Telephone: (831) 462-3478
Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM






Regale Winery
Address: 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos
Telephone: (408) 353-2500
Open Fri. 2PM-6PM; Weekends noon-5PM






Ridge Vineyards
Address: 17100 Montevello Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014
Telephone: (408) 867-3233
Open Weekends 11 AM – 4 PM




Roudon-Smith Winery
Address: 2364 Bean Creek Rd., Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Telephone: (831) 438-1244
Open Saturdays 11 AM – 4:30 PM




Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Address: 334A Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 426-6209
Open Wed.-Sun. noon-5PM






Sarah's Vineyard
Address: 4005 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020
Telephone: (408) 842-4278
Open daily 11 AM - 5 PM.




Savannah Channel Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards
Address: 23600 Congress Springs Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070
Telephone: (408) 741-2934
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
This small family owned and operated winery specializes in Pinot Noir but also produces Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Chardonnay.





Silver Mountain
Address: 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 466-0559
Open Thurs.-Sun. Noon-5






Sones Cellars
Address: 334B Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 420-1552
Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM






Soquel Vineyards Soquel Vineyards
Address: 8063 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA 95073
Telephone: (831) 462-9045
Open Saturdays 11 AM – 4 PM
This Santa Cruz winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.




Storrs Winery Santa Cruz Winery Storrs Winery
Address: 303 Potrero St., No. 35, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 458-5030
Open daily Noon – 5 PM
We loved all their wines. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.




Testarossa Vineyards Testarossa Vineyards
Address: 300-A College Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030
Telephone: (408) 354-6150
Open daily 11 AM - 5 PM
*Weddings
This Santa Cruz winery has its tasting room in the historic Novitiate Winery originally built in 1888. You enter through a long narrow stone room known as the "cave". It's a popular site for weddings. We found all the wines at this winery were good.




Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards
Address: 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA 94062
Telephone: (650) 851-6777
Open Thurs.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM
This Santa Cruz winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewurztraminer.






Trout Gulch
Address: 427 Swift Street, Su. C, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831)471-2705
Open by appointment only






Villa del Monte Winery
Address: 23076 Summit Rd., Los Gatos
Telephone: (888) 788-4583
Open by appointment only.






Vinocruz
Address: 725 Front Street #101, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 426-8466
Open Fri.-Sat. 11AM - 8PM; Sun. noon-6PM; Mon.-Thurs. 11AM - 7PM






Vino Prima
Address: 55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 426-0750
Open daily at noon.






Vino Tabi
Address: 334C Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 426-1809
Opens every day at noon. Closed Mondays.






Wrights Station
Address: 24250 Loma Prieta Ave., Los Gatos
Telephone: (408) 560-9343
Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM






Zayante Vineyards
Address: 420 Old Mount Rd., Felton
Telephone: (831) 335-7992
Open by appointment.








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