Santa Cruz and Coastal Wineries
From Silicon Valley over to the coast takes only about a half hour or so (in a Ferrari). But a nice drive through the trees and over the hill takes you to Santa Cruz and other coastal towns like Aptos, Soquel, and the little mountain community of Bonny Doon, which are home to lots of the smaller, family-run wineries – and many of them only have Tasting Rooms, rather than actual winery properties (see list below). Due to the ocean breezes and typically cool nights, you will find lots and lots of Pinot Noir – the Santa Cruz Mountains region is known for producing world-class Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, both of which love to cool off at night.
A tour in the Santa Cruz area can be combined with a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a sunset-over-the-ocean-tasting at a wine bar on the Wharf, or dinner out at one of Santa Cruz’s many great restaurants!