The wine scene in Santa Cruz County is as diverse as the region’s sights and as inspired as its culture. And so, it’s no surprise that local wineries – along with the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council - are raising a glass to California Wine Month. Here are some fresh new ways to experience Santa Cruz County’s wine country:
The Terrace at Chaminade
Farm to Table Culinary Overnight Package at the Chaminade Resort & Spa
Experience the Chaminade Resort & Spa’s Farm to Table overnight package for the perfect pairing of Santa Cruz Mountain wines with fresh organic fare.
On Friday, September 25th, Chaminade’s seasonal Farm to Table Wine Dinner will feature wines from the Summit to the Sea Wine Trail, a farm-fresh five-course meal, cozy accommodations, and breakfast in the Sunset Restaurant on Saturday morning. Farm to Table Wine Dinners take guests on a culinary journey through the Central Coast showcasing the region's diverse abundance of fruits, vegetables and produce inspired by the region's seasonal harvest. Guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza as well as representatives from the featured vintners and farms.
For more information, call 831.475.5600
Wine Tasting and Tours at Annieglass
Annieglass Studios in Watsonville offers wine tasting and studio tours weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Visitors can tour the studio on Riverside and Harvest Drive at 2:00 p.m., and wine tasting is also available from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, featuring local wines.
For more information, visit www.annieglass.com
Meet the Winemaker Aboard The Chardonnay
The 70-foot luxury yacht Chardonnay II features a different local winery every Friday evening, April through September. Drink in stunning views of the California coastline, meet the wine makers and entice your palate with delicious appetizers. Guests can learn about local wines and the art of wine making. Watch the sunset, raise your glasses and give a toast to wine tasting at its finest! September winemaker sails take place the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Call 831.423.1213 to make a reservation or visit www.chardonnay.com
33rd Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
September 12 - 13, 2015
Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area! This is one of Santa Cruz County's premier Art & Wine Festivals and was recently featured as a top Wine Festival in California by USA Today!
Price: Admission free! | Time: 10am - 6pm | Location: Capitola Village, Capitola | Phone: 831.475.6522 | Website: www.capitolachamber.com
California Wine Month
For a "Do-it-Yourself" way for visitors to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of the wine country lifestyle during California Wine Month, a spirited courtyard on the west side of Santa Cruz is a local favorite where wineries, shops and restaurants can be found. Always brimming with something new to see or taste, this lively spot is home to a number of tasting rooms that make up Surf City Vintners.
For a more rural experience, visitors can opt to taste wine along the Corralitos Wine Trail, an idyllic region in South County where four family-owned wineries are surrounded by redwood trees and apple orchards. And for world-class wines with unparalleled views, the five wineries on the Summit Wine Trail are all within easy reach of one another.
An array of local restaurants offer wine and food pairings. For the perfect blend of wine and cuisine, stop by Capitola's Shadowbrook restaurant or Soif Wine Bar in Downtown Santa Cruz where sumptuous pairings of food and wine from around the world are presented in a hip, urban setting. In Soquel Village, Bargetto Winery, one of the oldest family-run wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, has been producing hand-crafted wine for nearly a century, including delicious Santa Cruz Mountain varietals.
Visitors can also visit the Century-old Santa Cruz Wharf at Vino Prima, a wine tasting lounge. Specializing in in California wines, Vino Prima offers twenty different wines to taste on a daily basis, paired with unparalleled views of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the gleaming blue Monterey Bay.
For more information on wine tasting in Santa Cruz County, visit www.santacruz.org or check out our flyer here!