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 Visit Santa Cruz County – are raising a glass to California Wine Month. Here are some fresh new ways to experience Santa Cruz County’s wine country:
Farm to Table Culinary Overnight Package at the Chaminade Resort & Spa
On Friday, September 15th, Chaminade’s seasonal Farm to Table Wine Dinner will feature wines from Martin Ranch Winery, and farm-fresh five-course meal including ingredients locally sourced. Enjoy this farm-to-table experience exclusively, or opt for an overnight package with newly-renovated accommodations, and wine tasting for two at select participating wineries. 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 Nick Church as well as representatives from the featured vintners and farms.
For more information, call 831.475.5600 or visit chaminade.com
Harvest Party and Bottle Bash at Nicholson Winery
Join the fun at Nicholson Vineyards on Saturday, September 23rd at the Harvest Party & Bottle Bash. Taste the new fall releases and the special harvest red blend that has been created exclusively for this event for guests to bottle and cork themselves. Guests are welcome to create a customized design on their wine bottles using decorative pens. Tacos with all the fixings will be available.
For more information visit nicholsonvineyards.com
Barrel Taste in a Wine Cave at Byington Winery
Take a guided tour through a unique wine cave and sample wines from the barrel before they are released. Learn about the aging process and oak barrels, and other finer points of winemaking. Tours are $25 per person including tax, with a $12 refund upon the purchase of two or more bottles of wine per tasting, or a $6 refund per tasting if you purchase 1 bottle of wine. Tour and tasting takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
For more information, call 408.354.1111 or visit byington.com
Wine Tasting and Craftbar at the Annieglass Glass Factory
Annieglass’ Watsonville glass factory and shop is open to the public daily and the onsite tasting room features local and regional fine wines and craft beers. Take part in a craft workshops, cooking demo, free studio tour, or bargain hunting at the outlet store. Pouring Alfaro, Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards, Storrs, Ser, Odonata, Martin Ranch, and other wines. Tasting room hours: 12 Noon – 5:30 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 12 Noon to 4:30PM on Sunday.
For more information call 831.761.2041 ext 21. or 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 winemakers and entice your palate with delicious appetizers. Guests can learn about local wines and the art of winemaking. Watch the sunset, raise your glasses and give a toast to wine tasting at its finest! September winemaker sails take place the 22nd and 29th with Bargetto Winery and Beauregard Winery, respectively.
Call 831.423.1213 to make a reservation or visit www.chardonnay.com
35th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival – September 9 – 10, 2017
22 wineries, 160 artists, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children’s art area. Admission free in Capitola Village By The Sea. Free. Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Location: Capitola Village, Capitola.
Phone: 831.475.6522; www.capitolachamber.com
Explore the Region
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 Mid-County where three family-owned wineries are surrounded by redwood trees and apple orchards.
If you’re looking for one of the most unique wine tasting experiences in the Santa Cruz Mountains, visit Beauregard Vineyards in the coastal redwood community of Bonny Doon. With 65 acres of estate vines, historic wine tasting room, beautiful winery grounds, and award winning, small batch, handcrafted wines, you’re sure to have a delicious and memorable wine tasting experience.
In Soquel Village, you’ll find Bargetto Winery, one of the oldest family-run wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which has been producing hand-crafted wine for nearly a century. Overlooking Soquel Creek, Bargetto is a picturesque spot to sip and savor.
An array of local restaurants offer wine and food pairings. For the perfect blend of wine and cuisine, stop by Capitola’s Shadowbrook restaurant where sumptuous pairings of food and wine are presented in romantic setting. Downtown Santa Cruz’s Soif Wine Bar and Restaurant recently underwent a renovation, expanding the bottle shop and making room for a tasting area and bar, complete with communal table.
Seaside, stroll the Century-old Santa Cruz Wharf and drop in 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 gleaming blue Monterey Bay.