Outdoor spaces with views of the Monterey Bay framed by vineyards paired with California-rustic tasting rooms with a relaxing but upscale west-coast vibe perfectly describe the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA. Lush, landscaped grounds, vineyards, heritage tasting rooms, and stylish patios provide wedding and corporate meeting planners unique options for off-site events. Eleventh-generation Californians, family-owned Nicholson Vineyards is a perfect location for small groups. A California-contemporary new tasting area surrounded on three sides by large windows sits adjacent to the main tasting room, providing an intimate space for an off-site meeting or flavorful repast. Santa Cruz County’s oldest winery, historic Bargetto Winery’s creekside location offers a peaceful setting where meeting attendees can unwind following a long day of work and teambuilding activities. Options include the courtyard patio which can accommodate 125 guests or the La Vita room which can accommodate 35 attendees. With biodynamic and organic farming at the forefront, Storrs Winery & Vineyards can wine tasting on an overlook with views of Hidden Springs Estate Vineyard. Guests can learn about the sustainable practices Pam and Steve Storrs have adopted, including a small flock of babydoll Southdown sheep which control weeds in the vineyard. An added benefit of these sweet ewes is the enhanced biodiversity of the soil in the form of helpful bacteria and mycorrhizae from the microflora in the ruminant gut of the animals helps enhance the flavor profile of the resulting wines. More complexity and greater minerality, add to the taste.  Look for wool comforters for sale in the winery’s tasting room and you won’t have to look far for their source.

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