Santa Cruz Mountains
A renowned source of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir since the late 1800s, the Santa Cruz Mountains region is one of the first AVAs to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The official appellation lies mostly within Santa Cruz County, but also extends into parts of Monterey, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation: 800 feet and above in the east, 400 feet and above in the west.
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Wright's Station Vineyard
Wright’s Station Vineyard occupies a spectacular setting near Summit Road above Los Gatos in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Facing San Francisco Bay and only 10 miles from the coast, the dry-farmed 1980 planting benefits from 2,000-foot elevations and deep sandy-loam soils. Vines thrive in this welcoming environment to generate grapes with a wonderful mix of exotic flavors and balanced acidity.
grapes sourced: chardonnay
Skyland Vineyard is a one-acre, dry farmed planting on Skyland Ridge near the center of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Developed in 1999, the steeply terraced vineyard offers sandy-loam mountain soils and extended sunlight from full southern exposure at 2,000 feet of elevation. In conjunction with a very cool climate, these extreme influences are very stressful to the hearty vines, but they payoff in wines having complex aromas and flavors along with bright acidity.