Travel Blog

Celebrate California Wine Month

Photo by Michelle Magdalena

Raise your glass in Santa Cruz County to California Wine Month! Sip, savor, and experience the spectacular wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains during the month of September’s special events listed below.

And don’t miss your chance to win a special Wine Getaway to Santa Cruz County! Prize includes a two night stay in a two-bedroom villa at Seascape Beach Resort, a $75 gift certificate to Sanderlings Restaurant, a Seascape Beach Bonfire for five, and wine tasting at Bargetto Winery for four! Contest ends September 30, 2019 – enter now!

The Barrels of Corralitos
Sunday, September 1, 2019
The Barrels of Corralitos on Sunday, September 1st celebrates California Wine Month with a day of wine tasting, food, and entertainment: taste new and yet to be released wines and purchase futures at special barrel pricing. Enjoy wines from six Santa Cruz Mountains wineries in bucolic Corralitos, at the southern coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Featured wineries include Alfaro Family Vineyards, El Vaquero Winery, Lester Estate Wines, Nicholson Vineyards, Storrs Winery & Vineyards and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery – all which form the Corralitos Wine Trail. Event is from 11am – 4pm; tickets are $75 per person.
Address: Various Wineries and Vineyards on the Corralitos Wine Trail

Lester Estate Wines Wine Safari Adventure
September 7 & 14, 2019
Taste six different Lester Estate Wines while enjoying homemade picnic fare at a variety of breathtaking locations throughout the 210-acre Deer Park Ranch setting in Pleasant Valley. Tour the estate in a lovingly restored 1981 Range Rover Defender safari vehicle. Finish with dessert and Rosè bubbles on the patio overlooking the famed Lester Family Vineyard. Two-hour tour takes place from Noon to 2pm. $65 per person inclusive. Visit their website to book.
Address: 2000-2010 Pleasant Valley Road, Aptos

37th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 2019
The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. Featuring 22 wineries, 160 artists, gourmet food, fine art, local artisans marketplace, dance groups, street performers, live music, kid’s art & music zone. Admission free in Capitola Village by the Sea. Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Free parking and shuttle from Capitola Mall. Free bike valet parking at Festival entrance.
Address: Capitola Village, Capitola
Phone: 831.475.6522

Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant Offers Sensory Experience for California Wine Month
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Enjoy a sensory wine tasting experience with Prudy Foxx of Foxx Viticulture and learn about the science of winemaking from one of the region’s top biologists and viticulturists on Saturday, September 21st from 2pm to 4pm. This exclusive wine tasting and lecture includes bites from Soif’s Chef Tom McNary.
Address: 105 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831.423.2020

Farm to Table Culinary Overnight Package at Chaminade Resort & Spa
Friday, September 27, 2019
Experience Chaminade Resort & Spa’s Farm to Table overnight package for the perfect pairing of Santa Cruz Mountain wines with fresh, locally-sourced fare. Enjoy this farm-to-table experience exclusively, or opt for an overnight package. 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. Summit to the Sea wineries will be the highlight of the meal on September 27th. For more information, call or visit their website to purchase tickets online!
Address: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831.475.5600

Harvest Party & Bottle Bash at Nicholson Vineyards Winery
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Join the fun at Nicholson Vineyards on Saturday, September 28th from Noon to 5pm 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. Chicken and tri-tip BBQ lunch with all the fixings will be available, as well as live music. $45 per person; visit website for tickets and details!
Address: 2800 Pleasant Valley Road, Aptos
Phone: 831.724.7071

Wine Tasting and The Craftbar at the Annieglass Glass Factory
Tasting Available Thursdays – Sundays
Sip, see, and shop at the artisanal Annieglass factory, makers of fine glassware sold worldwide. Open to the public daily with an onsite tasting room highlighting local and regional fine wines and craft beers. Take part in a weekend craft workshop, free studio tour, winemakers talk & bargain hunting at the outlet store. Pouring a variety of local wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains including Storrs, Windy Oaks, Wrights Station, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Comanche Cellars, & Beauregard Vineyards.
Address: 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville
Phone: 831.761.2041 ex.121

Discover Santa Cruz County’s Wine Region!