Santa Cruz Travel Guide


Santa Cruz County Wineries

Santa Cruz County 

Santa Cruz County has a tradition of fine winemaking that dates back to the late 1800's. Today, the County is home to over 40 family-owned and operated wineries that specialize in small yield, handcrafted wines. One Santa Cruz winemaker, Storrs Winery, uses grapes from selected vineyards throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. Producing 10,000 cases a year, their wines are distributed in 20 states in the U.S.A.  Their Chardonnay, considered by many to be one of the best made in Santa Cruz County, can be sampled along with their outstanding Merlot, Zinfandel and Gewurztraminer wines at their tasting room located in the Old Sash Mill at 303 Potrero Street, #35, Santa Cruz. (Tasting Thursday – Monday, noon to 5 p.m.)

Click here for wineries in Half Moon Bay (40 miles north) or Monterey (45 miles south).

Santa Cruz County Wineries

Ahlgren Vineyard

20320 Highway Nine, Boulder Creek, CA  (408) 338-6071
Small production of award-winning wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Semillon.

Aptos Vineyard

5339 Prospect Rd. #124, San Jose, CA  (800) 211-6630

Bargetto Winery

3535 North Main Street, Soque, CA (800) -4-BARGETTO
Established in 1933, Bargetto Winery is the oldest winery in Santa Cruz County and is currently owned and operated by third generation Bargetto family members.

Bonny Doon Vineyard

10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz, CA  (831) 425-4518

Burrell School

24060 Summit Rd., Los Gatos, CA  (408) 353-6290

Byington Winery

21850 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, CA  (408) 354-1111

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

22600 Mount Eden Road, Saratoga, CA (408) 867-7116

Crescini Wines

2621 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel, CA  (408) 462-1466

David Bruce Winery

21439 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, CA  (408) 354-4214

Devlin Wine Cellars

3801 Park Avenue, Soquel, CA  (408) 476-7288

Hallcrest Vineyards

379 Felton Empire Road, Felton, CA  (408) 335-4441
Hallcrest Vineyards was established in 1941 in the Santa Cruz Mountains where the soil and climate are ideal for producing premium California varietal wines.

Osocalis Cidery & Distillery

5579 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel, CA  (408) 477-1718

River Run Vintners

65 Rogge Lane, Watsonville, CA  (831) 736-3112

Roudon-Smith Vineyards

2364 Bean Creek Rd., Scotts Valley, CA  (831) 438-1244

Savannah-Chanel Vineyards

23600 Congress Springs Road, Saratoga, CA  (408) 741-2930

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

2300 Jarvis Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Storrs Winery

303 Potrero Street, Number 35, Santa Cruz, CA   (831) 458-5030

Silver Mountain Vineyards

Silver Mountain Drive, Santa Cruz, CA  (408) 353-2278

Soquel Vineyards

8063 Glen Haven Road, Soquel, CA  (831) 462-9045

Trout Gulch Vineyards

3875 Trout Gulch Rd., Aptos, CA  (831) 688-4380

Zayante Vineyards

420 Old Mount Road, Felton, CA  (831) 335-7992  


What's on Tap
This Winter


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 

UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St. Santa Cruz (831) 457-9693

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off – Sat., Feb. 20, 2016

Santa Cruz  (831) 423-5590

Kayak Surf Festival – March 18-20, 2016

This is the largest kayak surfing competition.

Cowells Classic – March 19-20, 2016

This is a friendly surfing competition.

SCPF Paddleboard Race – March 19, 2016

Whale Watching – Dec. through May  

Elephant Seal Watching – December is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter.    

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.


Top Fall Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.  

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!  

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.



The Region's Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It's a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, it's still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.