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Happy Thanksgiving from Villa del Monte Winery

No matter how you plan to spend the day — shopping, watching football, entertaining, hanging out with family and friends — we hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!  Be sure to make it special by including a bottle of your favorite wine.  We think our 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains William Vincent Vineyard …

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November 15: Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Saturday, November 15 is Passport Day for the local Santa Cruz Mountains wineries.  Since our parking area is so small, our friends at Dancing Creek Winery have invited us to pour in their outdoor picnic area on Passport Day.  Our winemakers, Neil and John, will be pouring a selection of wines from 11 am to 5 …

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Villa del Monte Winery Sponsors Chili Cook Off Team

Harvest is over and all of the 2014 grapes have been crushed and/or pressed.  So, now it is time to turn our thoughts to chili. Yes, chili! It’s Chili Cook-Off time in Santa Cruz!  On October 25, Villa del Monte winemaker Neil Perrelli and his family will be participating in the 5th Annual Chili Cook …

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Open for Wine Tasting on September 27 and 28

Fall has arrived, bringing slightly cooler weather and significantly less traffic on Highway 17!  This is the perfect time to visit Villa del Monte Winery. We will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 28).  If you visit us, ask for a peek inside …

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This Week’s Winery Happenings: Crush, Press, Taste, Repeat

We are looking forward to a busy week of harvesting, crushing, pressing, and, of course, wine tasting. Tomorrow, we will harvest and crush Cabernet Sauvignon from the LindHill Viineyard, located at about 2250 feet elevation above Lexington Dam near downtown Los Gatos.  Located above the fog line, the vineyard gets full sun so the grapes …

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Downtown Campbell Wine Walk returns on September 17

Meet Villa del Monte winemakers, Neil and John, and taste a selection of our wines at the Downtown Campbell Fall Wine Walk on Wednesday, September 17.   We will be pouring at Rocket Fizz, a candy shop located at the corner of E. Campbell Avenue and 2nd Street.  The wine walk will run from 5 pm …

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Capitola Art and Wine Festival on September 13 and 14

We are thrilled to be participating in the 32nd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival in Capitola Village on September 13 and 14.  This will be our first time at this festival which features live entertainment, a kid’s craft area, more than 160 artists, 20+ Santa Cruz Mountains wineries, and about a dozen local food vendors. …

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Open for wine tasting on August 30 and 31

Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer, is quickly approaching.  Be sure to plan time in your schedule for a visit with us.  Villa del Monte Winery (23076 Summit Road in Los Gatos) will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on August 30 and 31.  We will have a selection of …

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Getting Ready for the 2014 Grape Harvest at Villa del Monte Winery

We spent the weekend getting the winery organized for our upcoming bottling extravaganza.  If all goes as planned, we will bottle 1200 cases of Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot next weekend.  A big thank you in advance to our winery helpers!  After we finish bottling, we will be ready to receive this year’s harvest. The …

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Why do Wineries put Netting on the Grapevines?

The good news is that the grapes are ripening.  The bad news is that birds have noticed.  The grapes have entered a phase called veraison, which is the final phase of ripening.  During veraison, the grapes begin to soften as they increase in size and in sugar content.  This is also when the red varietals …

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