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
- Mt. Eden 2011 Chardonnay, Wolff Vineyard
- Alfaro Family Vineyard 2013 Rosè of Pinot Noir
- Sarah’s Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir
- Ridge 2012 Lytton Springs
- Big Basin 2010 Rattlesnake Rock Syrah
- 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
Come join us Friday, Oct 3rd, 5-8 pm and meet Johnny Amador. He will be showing some of his delightful Dia de los Muertos drawings. Johnny says; "My Dia de los Muertos paintings allow me to explore the themes of my life; art, music, food, wine, friends and family, and an enjoyment of the world around me. A sense of humor I consider to be essential to a happy life. These works are my observations of the society I see around me and are playful reminders of the transitory nature of life … [Read More...]
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...]