Santa Cruz Mountains
While the city of Santa Cruz is famous for it's beaches and surfing culture, not many realize that there is a fantastic wine region just up the hills from the coastline; Santa Cruz Mountains. The terroir here is extremely unique in that the western half of the mountains has a cool climate, so it is well-suited for Bourgogne varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. However, the eastern half of the same mountains experiences a completely different climate, a much warmer growing area since it is not exposed to the fog unlike the western side. Therefore, the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains is well-suited for Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. This premium winegrowing region is neighbors with the world famous Silicon Valley, so you don't need to travel far to drink great wine!
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA produces high quality 'mountain fruit' in every sense of the word. The vineyards are located at high elevation, some of which sit as high as 900 meters. This terrain along with the different climates within a close proximity and complex soil structures create the perfect environment for two very different types of wines; cool-climate and warm-climate varietals. It is truly unique to be able to enjoy beautiful Bourgogne varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in one area of the mountain and simultaneously experience wonderful expressions of Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon just on the other side of the mountain!