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Ultimate Food + Drink Guide to South County

South County is filled with wonderful bakeries, eateries, breweries and wineries—some have been there for several years, and others have popped up more recently. And many of them are run by local families, which is more good news! It’s impossible to cover all the places worth visiting, but here are some highlights. FOOD There are

Scenic Wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains

By Garrick Ramirez

Thanks to talented winegrowers, hospitable soil, and the cooling waters of nearby Monterey Bay, you won’t have trouble finding world-class wines with distinctive terroir in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. But what about a setting that is equally delicious? As local hikers and nature lovers are well aware, the Santa Cruz Mountains abound with a striking natural beauty which provides an inspiring backdrop for the many wineries dotted about its hillsides. Below, you’ll find three picturesque wineries where you can sip amidst the vineyards, and drink up the scenery.

Santa Cruz Wineries That Need to Be on Your Radar

Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation-lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates-enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.

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