As some may know, September is California Wine Month! All month long, the entire state celebrates the annual harvest season with special events, wine tastings, classes and more. One may immediately think “Wine Country”, but San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is home to numerous, award-winning wineries. Therefore, in honor of California Wine Month, we’d like to take the opportunity to let you know a little more about our local wineries and inspire you to come for a wine-filled visit!

Barterra Winery
Where: Half Moon Bay, CA

This small winery offers a range of fine wines from California's top vineyards. Barterra Winery was founded in 2005, but its roots go back to 1901 when Bart Colucci’s grandfather left his native Italy to seek a better life for his family in America. Bart inherited his grandfather's name 'Bartholomew Colucci' and his passion for good wine. This year, Bart passed on his legacy to Ginger and Paul Minoletti, who plan to continue Bart’s values and are excited to grow Barterra Winery. Visiting Barterra Winery is truly like taking a tour through wine country, where you’re likely to find Ginger Minoletti behind the counter, ready to pour. The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 12:00-6:00 pm, so make sure to plan a stop when visiting Half Moon Bay.

Barterra Winery Wine Pouring at Tasting Room
Barterra Winery in Half Moon Bay, CA

Cuvée Wine Cellars
Where: San Carlos, CA

The story of this winery began with a passionate, home-winemaker’s intent on producing quality wines. After a run of successes in amateur-winemaking contests across California, owner Paul Rogerville decided to tackle the daunting task of becoming a bonded winery. Cuvée Wine Cellars’ location on the central Peninsula does not permit growing their own grapes, but it does allow premier access to some of the most outstanding vineyards in Northern California. Its wines have won numerous awards, such as its 2014 Sonoma County Merlot, Carneros, which won a double gold medal at the 2019 Orange County Fair Wine Competition. Cuvée’s tasting room is open to the public every Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm and the last Friday of the month from 6:00-9:00 pm, where you can meet Paul and purchase some of his wonderful wine.

Domenico Winery
Where: San Carlos, CA

Family-owned, Domenico Winery is another boutique winery located in San Carlos. Specializing in Cal-Italia varietals, Domenico has been making award-winning wine for over 20 years. Their vineyard is located in the Sierra Foothills in Amador County, California, where their two estate wines, Syrah & Primitivo, are grown. Additionally, owner Dominick Chirichillo is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. As of 2016, the wines of Domenico have won 350 Medals for wines produced from these various regions! The newly remodeled Osteria and tasting room is open Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and features live music every third Sunday of the month, so plan ahead!

Domenico Wines at Osteria at Domenico Winery
Domenico Winery + Osteria in San Carlos, CA



Large Opening Quotation Mark

One may immediately think “Wine Country”, but San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is home to numerous, award-wining wineries.

Flying Suitcase Wines
Where: San Carlos, CA

Continuing the trend, this San Carlos winery was born simply from a passion for drinking wine. The Flying Suitcase Wines story begins in 2007 when winemaker Anders Vinther and his wife Vikki moved from Denmark to California with their three-month-old son, Kristoffer. A former quality executive at a local biotech firm, Anders had a background in biochemistry and a passion for good wines. Several trips to Wine Country inspired him to experiment with a colleague and fellow winemaker. The result? Its first release: a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi, which would launch Flying Suitcase Wines. The winery is open every weekend for wine-tasting in their family-friendly Tasting Room. Kids are welcome, as they have a great indoor play area to keep them occupied while you sip!

Flying Suitcase Wines
Flying Suitcase Wines in San Carlos, CA

La Nebbia Winery
Where: Half Moon Bay, CA

This winery is located in Half Moon Bay and specializes in offering the entire California wine experience, all in one place. La Nebbia Winery features a quaint and old-world tasting room, gardens, picnic areas throughout the property, and two bocce ball courts. During California Wine Month, the winery will be offering their Barrel to Bottle event, September 14th 9:00 am to 4 pm.

Old County Cellars
Where: San Carlos, CA

This urban winery produces wine in small lots, which allows them to personally monitor each bottle for the highest quality and perfect consistency. Old County Cellars uses locally sourced grapes from growers in and around the areas of San Mateo County, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, El Dorado, and Alexander Valley. Their tasting room is open every weekend from 1:30-5:30 pm. In celebration of California Wine Month, Old County Cellars is offering 20% off all cases of their wonderful red wines!

Russian Ridge Winery
Where: San Carlos, CA

A small, family-owned winery in San Carlos, Russian Ridge Winery sources all of its fruit from single vineyards - from their Paso Robles Petit Sarah to their Berry Lane Chardonnay and Lower Chiles Valley Pinot Grigio - from Napa Valley. Russian Ridge’s red wines feature dark colors and rich fruit, while their whites feature a balance and refreshing tropical fruits. Taste some of their award-winning wines every Friday-Sunday. Furthermore, Russian Ridge will be present at the 3rdAnnual Horsepower Car Show on Saturday, September 7th, so make sure to keep an eye out for them.

San Francisco Wine School
Where: South San Francisco, CA

Although this is technically not a “winery”, we had to mention them because there is just SO much to learn here! Founded by Master Sommelier David Glancy, the San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the country offering the most thorough approach to wine study. Thus, during California Wine Month, the Wine School is hosting a number of fun events to celebrate our home state and its world-class juice. Start from the beginning with Wine 101 on Thursday, September 12th; get answers to all of the questions you have been afraid to ask and learn the basics of wine, from how it's made, decoding wine labels, how to taste & talk about wine, important grapes and styles, how to buy wine, storage, service and food pairing.

Sante Arcangeli Family Wines
Where: Pescadero, CA

This winery is located in the small coastal town of Pescadero. The winery focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with the majority coming from the Corralitos region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sante Arcangeli Family Wines grow their own fruit and also purchase fruit from select coastal mountain vineyards in cool sites - with an eye on creating nuanced, approachable and ethereal wines. Although the winery is mainly focused on harvest activities during the month of September, one may still visit its tasting room on Friday-Sunday from 12:00-5: 00 pm.

Grape Vines
Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, CA

Thomas Fogarty Winery
Where: Woodside, CA

At Thomas Fogarty Winery, you will see five different vineyards used to make its appellation blends and Single Vineyard bottlings. The winery’s farming practices reflect their respect for the land, by respecting and working with the soils’ natural microbiological systems. The Tasting Room is open weekly (except for Tuesdays) where you will be able to experience their small production, high-end wines, many of which are not available anywhere else. In addition, the winery also offers a 60-minute vineyard tour, where you will experience a guided tasting of five of its estate wines. Through this experience, you will also witness a true study in terroir and how the “sense of place” makes all the difference in the world to your wine experience!

This blog was updated on August 30, 2019.

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