Travel & Leisure

Hidden Gems in California

You could traverse California’s coastline for months, stopping at state parks and scenic coastal towns, but Aptos, just a 15-minute drive from Santa Cruz, is oft-overlooked. The enclave is surrounded by sea, coastal woodlands, and vineyards.

Conde Nast Traveler

Best Wine Regions to Visit

And the wines to buy if you can’t buy plane tickets to all of them. 


Santa Cruz Mountains
wine Guide

Don’t assume something small is insignificant. The Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA) has only 1,600 acres of planted grapes, compared to Napa’s 45,000 acres and Sonoma’s more than 60,000 acres. But the area is producing excellent wines — and slowly working its way into the spotlight.

Santa Cruz

Scenic Wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Thanks to talented winegrowers, hospitable soil, and the cooling waters of nearby Monterey Bay, you won’t have trouble finding world-class wines with distinctive terroir in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.


South County sips: A guide to the Corralitos Wine Trail

No need to trek all the way to those packed valleys up north when the Corralitos Wine Trail will lead you to world-class wine right here in Santa Cruz County.

Visit California

12 California Wineries That Welcome Walk-in Visitors

Remember the days when visitors could explore popular wine regions like Napa Valley or Sonoma County without a plan, stopping to taste at any winery that looked interesting along the way?