The United States is the fourth largest wine producing nation in the world and of that production, 90 percent of it comes from the state of California. Of course there are several areas that produce wine in California but the Silicon Valley Area near the Santa Cruz Mountains has been making quite a splash with some of the vintages that are being produced.
Since this is a popular area to visit, doing a tour of some of the vineyards or at least a tasting has become a popular pastime with locals and visitors alike. Here are a few suggestions for vineyards of Silicon Valley that you may want to include in any tour.
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If you are looking to sample organically grown wines, Big Basin Vineyard is the place to visit. They are located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and are growing their grapes on the same mountain sides that were first used by French vintners over 100 years ago. All of their grapes do not come from their own estate however, they source some of the grapes from other areas of California.
The specialty of this winery is their Syrah but their Rhones and Pinot Noir have gained a very enthusiastic following. The tasting room for the Big Basin Vineyard is located in Saratoga. It is open Monday, Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with noon to 7 p.m. hours on Friday and Saturday. questioned
Wine Enthusiast’s March 2015 issue has an article titled California’s Best Syrahs by Wine Critic Matt Kettmann in which he describes the 2011 Rattlesnake Rock and Old Corral as “Big Basin wines are incredibly unique and delicious. They’re aromatic in lavender, violet and white pepper, and full of energetic verve, perhaps the most striking evidence that Syrah should continue as a Central Coast star.”
Pichetti Winery is a historic property which was in business long before the term Silicon Valley was coined to describe this area. The tasting room is in Cupertino and a real bargain at 5 flights of your choice for $10. Some of the grapes are grown on Montebello Mountain and brought down to the ranch where they are pressed and placed into the finest oak barrels.
The resulting wines are hand bottled and this is the product visitors will get to sample. The Estate Chardonnay and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon are both worth sampling and offer a taste of the best that the winery has to offer. The tasting room is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for your tasting pleasure.
These are just a few of the winery tasting rooms that are open for visits, many others are located in the Silicon Valley. A little additional research will easily produce all the additional suggestions that you could possibly want. Naturally, there are great places to dine and to stay in just about town in the area. If you are a wine lover, this is a great area to include in your travel and wine sampling plans.
I have been an Internet writer for more than 16 years. While I specialize in travel, I write on a variety of subjects. I love genealogy, food, and fashion. I have 10 grandchildren so family travel is something we often do.