Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Another of the larger AVA’s within the state of California, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA extends from the San Francisco Bay all the way to Monterey and includes an incredible amount of microclimates, which makes it impossible to generalize about the types of wines produced in the AVA.
In fact, there are at least 70 wineries actively making wine from grapes sourced within the AVA, at Uncorked Ventures we think that number is likely quite low.
The area has been on the wine growing map since the Judgement of Paris in 1976 when a 1971 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon placed 5th in the competition. As you might recall, it was two California wines in that competition that showed the state’s winemaking prominence by defeating their French rivals in a blind taste test.
With small vineyards spread throughout the area, making a broad generalization is difficult, but these climates are all generally cool weather vineyards with fog and breezes influencing growing conditions from either the San Francisco Bay or Monterey Bay