A Look at Wine Country in Santa Cruz, California

Where to stop in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California


California's home to many renowned wine regions, some well-equipped to handle tourists, others less so. For some regions it’s a question of terrain, for others location, but that shouldn’t keep intrepid travelers from making an extra effort to visit these regions — particularly when they produce world class wines like those of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A lot of people may not be familiar with the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, though it's located only about an hour south of San Francisco, making it an easy day-trip for visitors to that glorious city. One reason for the relative anonymity might be that it's a large AVA with relatively few wineries, meaning a fair amount of travel, often via narrow country roads that wind through hills (which if you ask me is just another reason to visit).

Click here to find out more about the wine country in Santa Cruz.

— Gregory Del Piaz, Snooth


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