Welcome to Wine Country—Santa Cruz Style.
The Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA), recognized in 1981, was the first AVA in the nation to be defined by its mountain topography. The wineries that flourish in these mountains are for the most part small, family-owned, boutique operations — many don’t have tasting rooms and are rarely open to the public.
At Vinocruz we offer the largest selection of Santa Cruz Mountains wines — more than 150 wines from more than 60 wineries operating within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, plus a warm and comfortable wine-tasting room in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Mountains produce some of the world's finest wines. For decades this has been somewhat of a secret California Wine Country, but word is starting to get out. People in the know have been enjoying Santa Cruz wines for decades — we want to welcome you to join them. Drop by for a tasting!
Every week we select five wines to uncork for your tasting pleasure
- Odonata 2013 “River Skimmer”
- Cenay 2011 Chardonnay
- Heart ‘o the Mountain 2010 Pinot Noir
- Myka Cellars 2013 “Cote du Cruz”
- Naumann Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Learn more about the wines on this week’s tasting menu
California wines were just coming to the world’s attention when the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA) was recognized in 1981. It had been just five years since the famous “Judgment of Paris” wine competition, a taste test in which a number of California wines were judged by a panel of experts to be as good or better than their lauded French counterparts... [Read More...]
Featured News & Events
Please join us for a special First Friday this week, August 1st, 5-8 pm. Meet artist WM Vinci and see his captivating acrylic abstracts. In addition to meeting the artist we will enjoy a special night with Muns Vineyard pouring in the shop. Great art and great wine make for, well, a great night! Don't miss what promises to be a wonderful event. … [Read More...]
This Friday , 5-8 pm, come and meet award-winning photographer Virginia Draper. Her images draw upon natural textures, rhythms, and light to create this enigmatic series of lyrical images. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and special priced glasses of wine. … [Read More...]