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
- Santè Arcangeli Family Wines 2013 Chardonnay “Tank’d”
- Myka Cellars 2013 Rosè of Cabernet Sauvignon
- Soquel Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir Partner’s Reserve
- Cooper-Garrrod 2011 Cabernet Franc
- Lexington 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
This month a joint exhibit titled; NATIVE/ HABITATS offers a glimpse into the work of two California native – Chicano Painters. FRANK “PANCHO” RODRIGUEZ Local Artist and educator, Pancho Rodriguez began painting Water Color Landscape at the age of six. His first group exhibit at twelve, in Saratoga CA led the young artist to pursue a broad spectrum of Arts including Abstract Acrylic painting, Music, Film score and Theatre. Rodriguez has Exhibited locally at the Berkeley Art Leagues; … [Read More...]
Join us Saturday, November 29th, 2-5 pm and meet Jeff Emery, winemaker extraordinaire. Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has been making European-style, food-friendly, cellar-worthy wines since 1975. They are well-known for making Pinot Noir that can age beautifully for three decades. In 2008 Jeff launched a second brand, Quinta Cruz which features only varieties that originated on the Iberian Peninsula but are now grown here in California. These Portuguese and Spanish varieties include … [Read More...]