A Pressing Day

Earlier this month, we harvested and crushed Zinfandel from Santa Clara Valley and Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Since then, the grapes have been going through primary fermentation in open top fermenters. We have been punching down the cap by hand three times per day as it is important to keep the pulp …

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Where to find us at the Capitola Art and Wine Festival

One of our favorite events is coming up this weekend — the 34th Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival!  This free festival is always a fun weekend filled with wine, art, music, and food in the beauty and charm of Capitola Village. Our booth will be located at the corner of Monterey Avenue and Capitola …

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2016 Harvest Begins

The 2016 harvest has started!  Every year is different, with weather being a big determinant as to when harvest starts and which grapes ripen first.  The El Niño rains from earlier this year have resulted in higher yields than in 2015 (thank goodness!) and, so far, the grapes seem to be consistently balanced and flavorful. …

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Open for Wine Tasting on August 27 and 28

We will be open for wine tasting on August 27 and 28.  We will be pouring a selection of wines from noon to 5 pm on both days.  Wine tasting is $5 per person, waived with a purchase.  Wine tasting is free for wine club members. We will also be selling local Santa Cruz Mountains …

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2016 Grapes are Looking Good!

It is an exciting time in the vineyard!  The grapes in the local vineyards are ripening quite nicely.  Last week, we put netting on the grapes in order to prevent damage by pesky birds and squirrels.  We anticipate that harvest will start next month.    

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Tasting Under the Redwoods

The 2016 Tasting Under the Redwoods will be held on Sunday, August 14 from 12 noon — 5 PM at the Bret Harte Hall at Roaring Camp in Felton.  Winemaker Neil will be there, pouring a selection of Villa del Monte wines. Make plans now to spend an afternoon enjoying food, chocolates, wine, beer, and …

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Wine Tasting, Honey, and Chocolate

We will be open for wine tasting and wine club sign ups from noon to 5 pm on July 30 and 31.  Make plans now to visit the winery, located at 23076 Summit Road in Los Gatos, to taste a selection of our award-winning wines. On Saturday, July 30, we will be selling local Santa …

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2016 Wine Grape Crop

Villa del Monte winemakers John and Neil say that the grapes are ripening quite nicely.  The grapes seem to like this year’s weather pattern of heavy El Niño storms followed by warm summer days with a bit of fog cover in the morning hours.  We’ll keep you posted as the growing season progresses.

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Open for Passport Day on July 16

We will be open for Passport Day from noon to 5 pm on July 16.  You can find us at 23076 Summit Road in Los Gatos.  We will have a variety of wines for you to sample, with the focus being on grapes from our local Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.  

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Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains?

If you are not yet familiar with the wonderful local wineries and wine tasting opportunities in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you are in luck!  July 16 is the next Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day.  Since 1993, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association has held Passport Days to introduce and to celebrate the Santa Cruz Mountains …

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