What's Happening in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA - Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains

What’s Happening in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

Your one-stop shop for SCM winery news and events! This page is updated every week. Please keep checking in to find out what’s new in the AVA.

MAY 2024

  • Rhys Vineyards is officially open for tastings by appointment at our Skyline Vineyard! Interested guests can request an appointment here. You can also contact Estate Director Rose Lacey directly at 831-359-1201 to schedule an appointment.
  • Welcome to our new winery members! We are thrilled to announce that we have new members. Welcome David Bruce Winery, Bottle Jack Winery and Wargin Wines and Rosscienda Vineyards!

David Bruce Winery: Saratoga. David Bruce Winery has earned an international reputation for its dedication to producing great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since 1964. It is our goal to produce world-class wines using grapes from our 45-acre estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains and other diverse appellations throughout California. davidbrucewinery.com

Bottle Jack Winery: Scotts Valley and West Santa Cruz. Bottle Jack is a small, family-run operation. Winemaker, John Ritchey, started Bottle Jack as a project while earning his enology degree from Fresno State University. He has continued to grow Bottle Jack while working on winemaking teams for a number of wineries located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and gaining experience abroad in Italy, France, Switzerland and Moldova. bottlejackwines.com

Rosscienda Vineyards: Aptos. 

Website launching shortly. Tasting to open in summer 2024

Wargin Wines: based in Soquel Village: We make small lot, handcrafted wines that speak to the palate and pair brilliantly with food, mood and maybe a little mayhem. warginwines.com

  • Domaine Eden

Domaine Eden has exciting news to share! Starting May 11, we will be offering weekend tastings by appointment. Our unique tasting experience seamlessly combines the elements of a conventional tasting room with the ambiance of a wine bar. Delight in curated wine flights, individual glasses or indulge in a bottle with friends. To make a reservation, visit https://www.exploretock.com/domaineeden

MAY 2024

CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

On Saturday the 25th, join Roberts Ranch Vineyards for a fun-filled day with great wine with 2 special events! Start with the French Worker’s Lunch at 11:30am – in the Provençal tradition, we invite you to gather around the table in the vineyard for a generous prix fixe four course wine-paired communal lunch. Tickets available here. Stick around and join us for live music from Swirly Girls and tasting of 5 of our current wines complete with abundant charcuterie boards at 2pm $40. Tickets available here. More summer events here.

On May 25, Enjoy Summit Sisters, local Santa Cruz Mountain all-female band playing danceable tunes, and Parker Presents: Bill the Oysterman at Silver Mountain Vineyards! Start time 1:30 p.m. Picnics encouraged.

Kick off your summer with Lester Estate Wines! This Memorial Day Weekend our tasting room will be open both Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 from 12-5pm. After Memorial Day Weekend, our tasting room hours will extend to 5pm on Saturdays through the summer. Enjoy the long holiday weekend with a visit to the ranch! Come for a wine tasting or pack a picnic and spend the afternoon with friends on the vineyard view lawn. Make a Reservation here.

Head over to Beauregard Vineyards to enjoy incredible wine and oysters by Parker Presents on May 25 and 26!

Join Roudon-Smith Winery on Memorial Day from 1 until 5 for tasting!

JUNE 2024

June 12

Join us at Burrell School Vineyards and Winery for an evening of specially selected estate wines and local cheeses from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Each cheese has been chosen to compliment the flavors of each grape varietal and additional complexities that growing in the Santa Cruz mountains bring. Each ticket includes a bottle of wine to take home with you! Tickets available here.

June 22

Hike the Ranch with Steve this Summer at Lester Estate Wines! Led by legendary storyteller and wine ambassador Steve Johnson, this moderate hike promises an afternoon of adventure, wine tasting and insight into the private side of Lester Estate Wines and Deer Park Ranch. This hike lasts approximately 90 minutes and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Reserve today here!

2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Mary Katherine Vine RP 92
2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard RP 92+
2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard RP 91
2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Heirloom Clones Estat RP 90
2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Lindsay Paige Vineyar RP 92
2022 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Trout Gulch Vineyard RP 93

2021 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch RP 94
2022 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard RP 93+
2022 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard RP 92+
2022 Arnot-Roberts Sauvignon Blanc Ascona Vineyard RP 91

2018 Beauregard Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beauregard Ranch RP 93
2019 Beauregard Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beauregard Ranch RP 94
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Chardonnay Bald Mountain Vineyard RP 94
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Chardonnay Beauregard Ranch RP 92
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains RP 90
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Pinot Noir Beauregard Ranch RP 93
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard RP 94+
2022 Beauregard Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé Oeuf en Béton RP 91
2021 Beauregard Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains RP 90+
2019 Beauregard Vineyards Zinfandel Beauregard Ranch RP 92

2021 Big Basin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Odeon RP 92
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Chardonnay Kimari Vineyard RP 93+
2019 Big Basin Vineyards Grenache Grizzly RP 93+
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard RP 93
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard RP 93+
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Old Corral RP 92
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Roussanne Homestead Block RP 91
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock RP 94
2019 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Santa Cruz Mountains RP 91
2021 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Sixty-Two Terraces RP 93+

2021 Birichino Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Martin Ray Vineyard RP 94
2021 Birichino Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Vineyard RP 93+
2022 Birichino Pinot Noir Lilo Vineyard RP 93

2017 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon RP 91
2018 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon RP 94
2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay RP 92
2019 Domaine Eden Chardonnay RP 93
2021 Domaine Eden Chardonnay RP 92
2018 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir RP 93
2019 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir RP 93
2021 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir RP 92

2022 Farm Cottage Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains RP 90
2022 Farm Cottage Pinot Noir Lester Vineyard RP 91
2022 Farm Cottage Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains RP 91
2022 Farm Cottage Pinot Noir Trout Gulch Vineyard RP 93+
2022 Farm Cottage Syrah Ryan Spencer Vineyard RP 92

1997 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon RP 90
2009 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon RP 92
2010 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon RP 91

2021 Lester Estate Pinot Noir Francisco RP 92+
2021 Lester Estate Pinot Noir Mercurio RP 93

2021 Lexington Wine Co. Alma Gist Ranch Estate White RP 95
2021 Lexington Wine Co. Cabernet Franc Gist Ranch RP 92
2021 Lexington Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Gist Ranch RP 93
2021 Lexington Wine Co. Merlot Gist Ranch Vineyard RP 91

2019 Madson Chardonnay Arey Vineyard RP 90
2022 Madson Chardonnay Ascona Vineyard RP 92+
2021 Madson Misty Gulch Vineyard RP 93+
2022 Madson Pinot Noir Ascona Vineyard RP 91
2020 Madson Pinot Noir Toyon Vineyard RP 90
2021 Madson Pinot Noir Toyon Vineyard RP 92
2021 Madson Syrah Ascona Vineyard RP 91
2022 Madson Syrah Ascona Vineyard RP 89
2021 Madson Syrah Red Tail Vineyard RP 90

2017 Maison Areion Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d’Or Vineyard RP 93
2018 Maison Areion Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d’Or Vineyard RP 92+
2019 Maison Areion Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d’Or Vineyard RP 94
2020 Maison Areion Chardonnay Chaine d’Or Vineyard RP 92
2019 Maison Areion Pinot Noir Saveria Vineyard RP 93
2021 Maison Areion Pinot Noir Tarwater Vineyard RP 88

2021 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay RP 92
2021 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir RP 94+

2019 Neely Chardonnay Bee Block RP 90
2021 Neely Chardonnay Bee Block RP 91
2019 Neely Chardonnay Bee Block Special Selection RP 92
2021 Neely Chardonnay Home Block RP 90
2018 Neely Pinot Noir Hidden Block RP 92
2021 Neely Pinot Noir Hidden Block RP 92
2018 Neely Pinot Noir Picnic Block RP 93+
2021 Neely Pinot Noir Picnic Block RP 93

2019 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate RP 93
2021 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate RP 92+
2021 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Monte Bello Vineyard RP 92
2022 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Monte Bello Vineyard RP 91
2019 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Monte Bello RP 95
2021 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Monte Bello RP 94
2019 Ridge Vineyards Merlot Estate RP 93
2015 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 95
2016 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 96+
2017 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 100
2018 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 99
2019 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 97
2020 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 85
2021 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello RP 96
2021 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Jimsomare RP 93+

2021 Sandar & Hem Chardonnay Bald Mountain Vineyard RP 94
2021 Sandar & Hem Chardonnay Le Boeuf Vineyard RP 93+
2021 Sandar & Hem Chardonnay Mountain Winery Vineyard RP 94+
2021 Sandar & Hem Pinot Noir Deerheart Vineyard RP 94
2022 Sandar & Hem Rosé of Grenache Bates Ranch RP 91

2017 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc Bates Ranch RP 93
1994 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Bates Ranch RP 93
2017 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Bates Ranch RP 93+
2007 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Luchessi Viney RP 94
2018 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Luchessi Viney RP 93+
2017 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Staiger Vineyar RP 93
2019 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Bailey’s Branciforte Ridge RP 90
2016 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Branciforte Creek Vineyar RP 92
2021 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Las Nietas Vineyard RP 91
2013 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Vine Hill Reserve RP 93+
2021 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel Zayante Vineyard RP 92

2021 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Ananda RP 93
2022 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard RP 94
2022 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard RP 93
2022 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Saveria Vineyard RP 92
2022 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Split Rail Vineyard RP 94+

2021 Soquel Vineyards Pinot Noir Coast Grade RP 92

2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay RP 92
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Albutom Vineyard RP 91+
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Damiana Vineyard RP 93
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay La Vida Bella Vineyard RP 93
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Langley Hill Vineyard RP 95
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Mindego Ridge Vineyard RP 92
2021 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Portola Springs RP 93
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir RP 91
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Deerheart Vineyard RP 93
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir La Vida Bella Vineyard RP 92
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Mindego Ridge Vineyard RP 93+
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard RP 94
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard Henry Ayrton’s Block RP 95
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard James Thomas’s Block RP 96
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Razorback Vineyard RP 92
2021 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Windy Hill Vineyard RP 94+

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