The Santa Cruz area is home to not only a boutique distillery but small production vineyards with passionate wine makers and hip, stylish microbreweries. For wine lovers, there are over 70 wineries and tasting rooms, and wine tasting here is a classic California experience, with the vintners oftentimes pouring the wine themselves. So raise a glass to Santa Cruz County wine, and spirits and start exploring this beautiful region!
The Corralitos Wine Trail is countryside wine tasting at its finest. Tasting at friendly, family-owned wineries and vineyards is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. Visit Storrs Winery & Vineyards, a scenic spot with native wildlife and an active mission to keep their sanctuary pristine. Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery and Nicholson Vineyards are gorgeous locales to taste and enjoy with the family and even the pooch! See more pet-friendly wine tasting spots here.
For the history buffs: History and scenery abound at this historic winery perched directly above lush Soquel Creek. Established in 1933, Bargetto is the oldest winery in Santa Cruz County, and is still operated by the same family!
Enjoy a glass of your favorite grapes while also unleashing your inner artiste! Annieglass in Watsonville offers a Wine Tasting and Craftbar where you can sip on local favorites and create your own masterpiece.The Painted Cork, located in midtown, offers step-by-step daily painting sessions where visitors are invited to bring their own favorite bottle of wine, spirits or beer.
Special events pertaining to wine are offered year round in Santa Cruz County. Try a Winemaker Wednesday at Shadowbrook or Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort, where local wines are often featured.
See below for a full list of wineries and tasting rooms in Santa Cruz County!