Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get one flight of wine at Vino Prima Wine Bar (up to a $15 value).
Vino Prima is a relaxing seaside oasis, complete with 360-degree views of Monterey Bay, ideal for tickling taste buds with a vast assortment of boutique and traditional California wines. While soaking in the awe-inspiring Santa Cruz Wharf, select a flight (three wines, 2-oz serving of each), ranging from the Wicked Good Whites medley of sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, and riesling (a $10 value) to the Somebody Call Me a Cab! trio of cabernets (a $15 value).
With more than 100 wines by the bottle, Vino Prima employs a staff of vino virtuosos that can expertly navigate and recommend a bottle for any occasion including housewarmings, holidays, and half-nelson mishaps. Happy hour is held Monday through Friday from 3–6 p.m., and private parties and special events are also available.
- What could be nicer as you sip on your Silver Mountain Syrah, a Quinta Cruz Graciano, or a Burrell School Zinfandel, all good local wines, than to enjoy the panoramic view of the Monterey Bay through the windows of Vino Prima’s cozy tasting room. – Josie Cowden, Good Times
- A nice little Vincation at the end of the pier in Santa Cruz. Nothing like relaxing like a local on a bar stool… overlooking the Pacific with an excellent glass of wine tilted on your lip! – Jessica J., Yelp
At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.
55-B Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz, California 95060Get Directions