Best Coastal Wine Vacations: Santa Cruz Wineries

Santa Cruz is known for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the redwoods and the movie the Lost Boys. What you didnt’ know is that Santa Cruz has incredible wine and wineries.

Santa Cruz wineries boasts of over 70 tasting rooms and wineries and the Santa Cruz appellation is among the oldest regions in America that produces wine. Santa Cruz is best known for its pinot noir, an award winning wine variety among other wines that are available here. Actually, the winery scene in the county of Santa Cruz is deemed to be as diverse as sights in the region and appear to be inspired by the area’s culture. Most of the wineries in this locality celebrate the different wine varietals in the county alongside entertaining events mixed with fun. Wine lovers continue to be attracted in the area by wine and art festivals in Capitola, Boulder Creek and Scotts Valley. The most notable Santa Cruz wineries are among:

Sones cellars winery is owned and operated by Lois and Michael Sones who also produces wine. There are various wine varietals at the winery including the Petite Syrah, Shiraz/ Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zifandel and White Blend. The winery receives lots of visitors round the year and there are lots of amenities that visitors can enjoy including Barrel Room, Private Events, Live Music, Private Tastings, Scenic views, Retail Sales, Wine and Food Pairing and obviously, wine tasting. For anyone planning to pay Sones Cellars a visit, it is opened from Friday to Sunday between 12 noon to 5 Pm in the evening. In case you would like to visit at other times, you can book an appointment with the winery for the same.

Boon Doon Vineyard is one of the Santa Cruz Wineries in California that was started in 1983 by Randall Grahm. The winery was actually among the first wineries in California to adopt the Rhone varietals which led to the founder being nick named as ‘The Rhone Ranger’. This winery is very popular thanks to the untraditional label it produces which also includes various illustrations by Bascove, Ralph Steadman, Gary Taxali and Grady McFerin. In the past few years, the winery has slowly been trying to embrace some obscure wine varieties from Italy, including biodynamic and scrwescaps production. In 1994, Boon Doon Vineyard suffered a great blow when Pierce’s disease unceremoniously destroyed their vineyards. Nevertheless, Boony Doon was able to maintain its production of wine by buying grapes from vineyards in California, Europe and Oregon and has today been one of the most notable Santa Cruz wineries. For more than a century now, Boon Doon vineyard has been producing a wide range of delicious, hand crafted wines.

Copious Winery introduces wine lovers to the great skills in wine making brought by Lance Campbell, who has worn more than 300 state and international awards. At this winery, they blend the traditional wine styles with state of art styles of wine making thereby producing wines that have intense varietal features, elegant and superbly balanced wines. Copious winery produces some of the best wines in Santa Cruz wineries ranging from the vibrant cranberry and raspberry flavors to pinot noir, Chardonnay carneros and Sauvignon Blanc among other wine varietals.

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