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Founded in 1976 and still located in the cellar beneath the rustic mountain home of Dexter and Valerie Ahlgren, AHLGREN VINEYARD is dedicated to limited production of fine premium wines: Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, and Syrah. The Ahlgrens employ traditional, hands-on methods and premium grapes from carefully selected vineyards.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.
Alfaro Family Vineyard is everything a local Santa Cruz Mountains winery needs to be. The owner is incredibly passionate about his work and drove us over his lovingly cared for property in his pick-up truck. It was an adventure to remember! Fun fact: he's so passionate about the local environment that he re-fenced his property so that the deer can go through it, without being able to access his vineyards. I had a great time touring the vineyard and an even better time tasting the wine. There was a wide variety of wines available for the tasting, and all of them were both tasty and very reasonably priced. Everyone we met here was a great conversationalist and really made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I wish I lived closer so that I could come taste wines every Saturday for their open tastings! Open Saturdays from noon to 5:00 pm year-round; Sundays June 16 - September 1. Enjoy a flight of 7 or more wines; tasting fee $10
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Tasting w/Fee.
Andersen Vineyards is a small quality vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains organically growing Cabernet Sauvignon. and Merlot grapes. Andersen Vineyards makes a fine wine blend they call Romantic Red. Approx 75% Cab and 25% merlot. Our 2001 will be available in July. Wines are made only from Anderson estate grown grapes. There is still some cases of 2000 available 60% / 40% ( 40 left ). Anderson is currently wholesale only at this time. Andersen Vineyards sells from one case and up to license holders for their stores or restaurants.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.
Vineyard not open to the public
Services:  Winery.
A family-owned winery that released its first Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon with the 2006 vintage. The Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from Amber Ridge Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Doctor's Vineyard in the Santa Luia Highlands and La Encantada Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  By Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.
Soquel Bargetto has th prettiest tasting room and patio overlooking a creek and wilderness. Getting to th wines, the Sauv Blanc and Pinot Grigio are pretty good and well balanced, the Chard not my preference. The reserve reds are quite delicious and the sweet wines are good if you are into the sweeter wines.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment.
Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The old ranch property was first settled in the late 1800s. Wine grape cultivation had been started by French immigrants by the early 1900s and continued until 1965 when the property was sold by Justin Lacau, who had named the property "Frenchy's Ranch", to a timber company. By the 1990s, all that remained of the vineyards were redwood stakes and scattered vines hidden by brush and poison oak bushes. The mission has been to restore this historic vineyard site using modern, organic viticultural methods. The winery building was completed in December 2003 on the same site as the original 1890s house/winery structure which burned down in the 1970s. It is a 'Monitor'-style barn with a timber frame construction built using redwood selectively harvested from the estate.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Tasting w/Fee.
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Services:  Winery.
Fun, unassuming tasting room. The service was really friendly and I got the impression that the "$10 for 5" tasting is rarely a sticking point. Meaning, they poured my group additional samples and even asked me which one I wanted to try one last time as I was paying. Never with the feeling I was being pressured to buy anything, far from it. Ample picnic area in the back. BYO whatever and enjoy the scenery and play a game of bocce ball in one of their 2 courts. This is a perfect stop on your way to the beach or when heading back home.
Services:  Winery, Outdoors Activities.
Growning grapes and making wines for more than thirty three years in the Chalone appellation.  This truly unique, mountainous wine-growing district, at the foot of the Pinnacles National Monument, has proven to be one of the best places on the planet to grow elegant, age-worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment.

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