Wineries in Prunedale


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  • Roudon-Smith Winery
    The Roudon Smith Winery is dedicated to the production of exceptional wines from selected vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains and other regions of California. Traditional winemaking methods result in elegant, long-lived wines, which are the perfect complement to any meal. At Roudon Smith Winery, we specialize in the making of fine wines as well as the enjoyment of taking on new challenges. Every year, we work with our selected vineyard sources (our “virtual estates”) to obtain the highest quality fruit available. Then with a minimal intervention approach to winemaking, we aim to preserve this quality as the grapes evolve to wine. Though small today, we are returning to the production levels we were at in the early 1990s as we develop additional grower relationships to obtain additional exceptional grape sources that we can turn into high quality wines.
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    18 Hangar Way
    Watsonville, CA US
  • Myka Cellars
    Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains region, winemaker Mica Raas spent his childhood soaking up knowledge of the hills around his home—many of which were speckled with vineyards and small wineries. After working for years in wineries up and down the spine of California’s wine country, Mica returned to those familiar hills to make his own wine. Today, all grapes used in Mica Cellars’ wines come from small, family-run vineyards around Monterey Bay. In order to instill each wine with character and a “sense of place,” the winemakers only blend grapes that grew together in a single vineyard. Mica describes his approach to creating wine as “careful management of microbial chaos,” treating it as an art that requires him to be attuned to the strengths of the grapes as well as their common weaknesses, such as chocolate and men in cowboy boots. Mica Cellars keeps production small—no fermentor is larger than one ton—and blends techniques from Old and New World winemaking to craft each vintage. The winery use oak barrels for aging, which allows for a light touch of the wood’s personality to enter the grapes, and they steer clear of the 1980s experiments that led to raisins coming to life and starting their own musical groups. Among their current wines is a 2009 cabernet franc from Babcock Winery in the Suisun Valley, with a nose of stone fruits that leads into a full-bodied dance of chocolate and coconut and a finish with hints of allspice and licorice.
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    18 Hangar Way Suite C
    Watsonville, CA US
  • Twisted Roots Wine
    The Twisted Roots Wine company began producing its own label of wines and its signature wine, Petite Sirah in 2005. Winemaking joined grape-growing as an integral part of the family business, and in 2010 the family incorporated Twisted Roots as a separate family business. As production continued to increase, varietals expanded to include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and "1918" Old Vine Zinfandel made from the family's oldest vineyard planted in 1918. Above all else, Twisted Roots Wine strives to create wines that capture the essence of California's Lodi appellation. The Twisted Roots family embraces sustainable farming practices throughout the entire process and they almost exclusively age their wines in neutral French oak barrels, which allow the grapes' natural fruit flavors and pronounced acidity to shine. This style is evident throughout the winery's lineup of current releases. A bright and crisp chardonnay features just a hint of rounded oak flavor for the sake of balance, and the signature zinfandel?made from the vines originally planted in 1918?coats palates with its bold, yet supple notes of dark fruits and spices.
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    12 Del Fino Pl
    Carmel Valley, CA US
  • Heller Estate Organic Vineyards
    Established: 1968 Reservations: Recommended Handicap Accessible: Yes Parking: Parking lot Most popular offering: Cabernet Sauvignon Kid-friendly: No Alcohol: Wine Only Outdoor Seating: Yes Pro Tip: Sip organically grown wine while enjoying the sculpture garden and shopping our gift boutique. Q&A with Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Has your business won any awards? Yes. We received Small Business of the Year in 2011 from the state of California as well as a number of awards for our wines. Tell us about your business. We are the oldest winery in the Carmel Valley Appellation and pioneered the grape-growing area in 1968. We produce estate grown, estate bottled, 100% certified organically grown wine. We have a sculpture garden and an art gallery on the premises. Guests may browse through our gift boutique for gourmet sauces, olive oils and wine related items.
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    69 W Carmel Valley Rd.
    Carmel Valley, CA US
  • Joyce Vineyards
    Russell and Francis Joyce, the partners behind Joyce Vineyards, translate the philosophy of less is more into the world of wine. They gently guide grapes through the fermentation process, limiting their involvement so that each wine expresses a flavor true to the fruit and terroir it's derived from. They source the grapes from European-derived vines that Joyce planted in 1987 and also from partner vineyards spread throughout Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, and San Benito County. Visitors can sip the varietals in a contemporary tasting room or subscribe to the wine club for quarterly deliveries of recommended bottles.
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    19 East Carmel Valley Road
    Carmel Valley, CA US
  • Bernardus Winery
    Spice up your week with a trip to Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, and enjoy grub at the top of its game. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Bernardus Winery's wifi. Open air seating is ready for diners at Bernardus Winery when the weather is warm. This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound. Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles. Come to celebrate a special occasion at Bernardus Winery.
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    5 West Carmel Valley Road
    Carmel Valley, CA US

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