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We arrived, prompted by the sign on the street, at 4:15, not knowing they close at 4pm in the winter (5pm in the summer they say). Most wineries would turn us away at this point, however John welcomed us in and invited us for a taste. Aver has a great family feel to it. The tasting room is run out of his beautiful home, and everyone knows each other. Since we arrived on a Sunday after closing, they had 2 wines open and available to taste. One thing I liked about Aver was the pairing they offered 2 types of chocolates in this case with each wine, and a brief description. In my opinion, this really enhances the experience. Their wines are some of the best I've had in the Santa Clara valley. The Syrah grapes are estate grown, and their Syrah and Syrah blends are fragrant on the nose with smooth fruit notes, yet assertive tannins and a nice finish. Prices - while I feel the wine is excellent, I have a hard time swallowing $10 for tasting and $30-$40 a bottle in the Morgan Hill area. Then again, it is becoming a common thing to do at wineries today.
Services:  Winery.
Cordon Creek Cellars specializes in producing small lotsof premiere, hand-crafted wines from both renowned and up-and-coming appellations. As firm believers in the influence of terrior, we carefully select each vineyard for its unique qualities and feature single-vineyard designated wines.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.
Coterie Cellars produces distinctive wines of terroir from unique, tiny parcels within California's most esteemed vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands. Every wine from berry to bottle by hand with as little intervention as possible with the view smallness as a virtue.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.
Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passing down from one generation to another the love of handcrafting wine. Affordable, delicious Santa Cruz Mountain wines, great tasting room, wonderful owners/winemakers. Looking forward to seeing this winery expand and grow. Kudos, and wishing the team the very best on their latest wines and their new tasting room location in San Carlos. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun. Domenico Winery is a participant of the Golden Gate Winery Experience. Domenico offers a two for one tastings.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines, Barrel Tasting, Tasting complimentary w/purchase, Weddings/Receptions.
Fellom Ranch was founded in 1928 by Senator Roy Fellom. The land was already planted with vines, but prohibition was in effect at the time. According to reports the vines were tended by local families who harvested the grapes for their own use as payment. The 12 acre vineyard was eventually largely replanted and in 1987 the winery became bonded to sell wines.
Services:  Winery.
Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines includes more than 900 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir, 2,000 acres in Paso Robles dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varietals, and 33 acres in Napa Valley, highlighting Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J. Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines, Tasting complimentary w/purchase, Special Events.
Naumann is a small family estate located in the Santa Cruz Mountains with panoramic views overlooking Silicon Valley in the unincorporated part of Cupertino, California. Don Naumann’s wines come from grapes which are exclusively grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The grapes are hand cultivated, harvested and crafted in small lots in order to produce the highest quality wine. The Naumann Vineyards and the winery was founded in 2001 by winemaker and owner Don Naumann who purchased the property in 1987 and planted the vineyard in 1994. This prime location coupled with warm days and cool mountain nights produces the finest varieties of wines.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  By Appointment, Inquire online or events.
From the lofty heights of Montebello Mountain the grapes make the journey down to the historic ranch where they are examined, pressed and crushed in the shadow of the original Picchetti homestead house. Under the gaze of the ever watchful and vigilant peacocks, sweet juice is magically turned to wine.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines, Historical Winery, Special Events, Picnic Area, Weddings/Receptions.
While they are only open on Saturdays and passport weekends, you can taste their wines at Pinder, just a few store-fronts down, any weekend. If you are anywhere close-by, you're really missing out if you don't find a reason to stop by soon. This is such a delightful little Gem tucked away in the most unexpected of areas.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events.
Rabbit’s Foot Meadery produces award winning mead - honey wine, hard ciders and our famous braggot. Rabbit’s Foot recipes and methods have been perfected over a period of more than fifteen years and combine the latest in fermentation technology with historical recipes to create unique mead - honey wine in a style that is like no other. All of our mead, ciders, dessert mead and braggots-honey ales, are produced using the finest honey available without the addition of added sulfites.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, By Appointment, Special Events.

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