Bob and Anna-Maria Roudon, and Jim and June Smith initially founded Roudon Smith Winery in 1972. The Roudons conceived the original dream as a radical lifestyle change, when they moved to the Bay Area in the early 1970's. Roudon met engineer Jim Smith in the early days of the growing computer industry while working together at Silicon Valley's Amdahl and began sharing his plans for a small winery to be established in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Dreams soon led to action. In the spring of 1972 the two engineers purchased vineyard land high up in the mountains and began to juggle winemaking with their “day jobs”. With the help of all their families they completed their first crush in a tiny basement winery. As the Roudon-Smith reputation grew, the two couples eventually took the leap, quit jobs, moved fortunes and families to the Santa Cruz Mountains and never looked back. Open Thursday - Sunday,or by appointment
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.
Tradition and innovaton come together to produce award-winning Chadonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and delightful blends from Estate Vineyard.
Varner Wine Twins Jim and Bob Varner quietly farm a 14-acre vineyard in Portola Valley which was planted in 1980. They helped out during the 1980s at Thomas Fogarty Winery where they learned the business. Since their first wine was released in 1996, Bob has handled the winemaking and Jim directs the sales and marketing. The winery is located on the estate vineyard property. Varner Wine is located at 648 Menlo Ave., Suite 5, Menlo Park. The wines are sold on the website in half and full case lots. Varner has become more well known for their Chardonnays which are superb.
In addition to enjoying Leal WInes this is certainly one of the wineries to consider for a wedding to be remembered or other large event. The venue is absolutely stunning, all of the vendors are exceptional and the team is ablsolutely wonderful to work with for events.
Kim and David Vance welcome you to their wines. Zoetic is located in a shared tasting room as part of a custom-crush facility. Kim is open every 2nd Friday eveny each month for tastings. Like Pinot Noir? You are goind to really find Zoetic's Pinot Noir a treat. Be sure to contact Zoetic as they also do some tastngs by appointment and love to have visitors as special pouring events. CaCorks Winery Experience members welcome !
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.
Woodside Vineyards has been credited with being one of the first wineries to pioneer the "boutique winery" movement in California and is the oldest winery in San Mateo County. Wonder collection of vintage cars on display. Woodside Vineyards is open Sat. & Sunday.
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.
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.