Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount
Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 's, some of these
wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling
Even though the climate can be challenging, and only acres are under vine, over wineries
still operate successfully – and produce successful wine. Pinot Noir
and Chardonnaydo well in this
region, along with a few plots of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hills, valleys and forests generate
multiple micro-climates, creating a diverse flavor among the wines.