Villa del Monte Winery FAQs

Villa del Monte Wine

What type of wine do you make?

Villa del Monte Winery produces small lots of award-winning wine, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Merlot Dessert wine, Pinot, Syrah, Syrah Rosé, and Zinfandel.

How much wine do you make?

We produce about 1000 cases per year, in total.

Do you grow your own grapes?

No, we work with a handful of well-known local growers to select the best grapes possible each year for our single-varietal, single-vineyard wines.  Grapes also come from small Cabernet and Pinot Noir vineyards that we manage in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  We use grapes from top Northern California appellations, primarily from American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara Valley, and Los Carneros (Napa County).

The hand-selected grape clusters are pressed and crushed on site.  Wine is aged in oak barrels in our forest-protected, solar-powered winery building, cooled by the Santa Cruz Mountains morning fog.

Wine Tastings

When are you open for wine tastings?

At this time, we are open for wine tasting one weekend per month and by appointment for large groups.  Check our Tastings page for details or to make a reservation.  You can also contact us by phone at 1-888-788-4583 or 1-408-353-0995.

Where is the winery located?

Villa del Monte Winery is located at 23076 Summit Road in Los Gatos, CA.   We are located in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains, right along the ridge and midway between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz.  The winery is about 20 minutes from downtown San Jose, one hour from San Francisco or Monterey, and about two hours from Napa and Sonoma.

What is the wine tasting experience?

Wine tastings are conducted by our winemakers, Neil and John.  They will gladly answer your questions about viticulture, wine making, varietals, and the local winery scene.  Often, they will pull out a special bottle and offer you a taste.  On busy days, we sometimes have a helper at the tasting bar, but rest assured that one of our winemakers is always within shouting distance if you have a question.  Tastings are typically held on our outdoor patio, weather permitting.

How big is the winery?

We are a small family-owned and operated boutique winery.

Do you host weddings or corporate events?

No, we suggest that you contact the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower’s Association for group events.

Can we bring a picnic lunch?

Yes, we have a small seating area in our covered, outdoor tasting area.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, well-behaved dogs on 6′ leashes are allowed.

Are you a member of any wine trails?

Yes, we are a member of The Summit Wineries and we participate in quarterly events with the five member wineries which are all located in the Summit Road area of Los Gatos.

Can you accommodate limos and small tour buses?

We are on a private driveway with limited parking.  We cannot accommodate limos.  We can accommodate small tour buses by arrangement.  We suggest that you contact Seth at Mountains to the Bay Wine Tours to arrange small tour bus transport.  Please call us at 408-353-0995 if you are planning to visit in a bus or oversized vehicle.

Are you a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association?

Yes, we are proud to be a member of this organization.

Do you participate in the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Days?

For 2014 Passport Days, we will be pouring at Dancing Creek Winery in Santa Cruz.  We do not participate at our winery location since we are on a shared driveway and cannot accommodate heavy traffic.

About Villa del Monte Winery

Do you ship wine to all states?

We currently ship to addresses in Arkansas, California, Florida, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.  If you are in another state, contact us so we can determine if shipping can be arranged.

Do you have a Wine Club?

Yes. Villa del Monte Wine Club members enjoy two semi-annual shipments of four bottles each at a significant discount.

Do you have a futures program?

Yes, please contact us to indicate interest and we will send you the details.

Are all of your wines available on the web site?

No.  We have some older/limited production wines available at the winery.  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about these wines.

I’d like to give your wine to my clients. Can you accommodate requests for special labels?

Yes, we are happy to discuss requests for special labels.  We require a minimum order of five cases.

I’m getting married next year.   Can you accommodate requests for private labels?

Yes, we would love to help you celebrate your special day.  Please contact us to discuss requests for private labels.  We require a minimum order of five cases.

Where can I buy Villa del Monte Winery wines?

Selected wines are available at Tessora’s Barra Di Vino in Campbell,  Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos, Izzy’s Steaks and Chops in San Carlos, Summit Store in Los Gatos, Redwood Estates Store in Los Gatos, 31st Union in San Mateo, and Vinocruz in Santa Cruz. You can also purchase our wine online and at the winery.

We are just starting our distribution channel.  If you have a favorite restaurant or wine shop where you would like to purchase our wine, let us know and we will follow up with the business.

How old do I have to be to order and receive wine?

You must be 21 or older to order wine.  An adult signature is required to receive wine shipments.


Will you donate wine for my special event?

Please tell us more about your non-profit affiliation and event, and we will contact you if we can help in any way.

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