Villa del Monte Winery
Are masks required?
Masks are required if you are not vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional, but encouraged.
Do you take reservations for wine tasting?
We want you to have a safe wine tasting experience so we recommend making a reservation in order to best enjoy your wine tasting experience since, as a small family-owned winery, we have a limited amount of outdoor space. Learn more about scheduling a tasting on our COVID-19 protocol page.
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. While most of our wines are single-varietal, single-vineyard, we also produce one blend, called Vintners Select.
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.
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.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs on 6′ leashes are welcome at the winery.
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. Please call us at 408-353-0995 if you are planning to visit in a small tour bus.
Do you serve food? Can we bring a picnic lunch?
We do not serve food, but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the small seating area in our covered, outdoor tasting area.
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.
Can you accommodate requests for special labels (such as for clients or a wedding/special event)?
Yes, we are happy to discuss requests for special labels. We require a minimum order of five cases.
Where can I buy Villa del Monte apparel?
Villa del Monte Winery sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, and tote bags are available through zazzle.com.
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.
Is wine drinking safe for everyone (Proposition 65 Warning)?
WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/alcohol.
Is your web site accessible to all?
Villa del Monte Winery is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We aim to comply with all applicable standards. If you experience any difficulty in accessing any part of this website, please call us at 1-800-788-4583 or 1-408-353-0995. Alternately, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with you to provide information about our wines, our wine club, or our tasting accommodations in an alternate communication method or one that is accessible for you consistent with applicable law (for example, through telephone support).
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