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Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards Video Tour

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

22645 Garrod Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-7116

Tasting:   Open weekdays 12 to 5pm, weekends 11 to 5pm
Tasting is complimentary, $5 for special selections
Horseback Riding
  “Bottle your own” events
Price Range:   $20 to $35 per bottle
Established:   1994
Vineyards:   28 acres
  3000 cases

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards Description

On a winding country road, passing by the beautiful grand estates of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, you come to the turnoff to one of the oldest ranches in the area. Tucked in among the mature oak trees, and sharing the property with over 150 horses, the historic, rustic winery of Cooper-Garrod emerges.

In 1893 David and Sophia Garrod immigrated from England with their 12-year-old son, R.V., and purchased this land for Garrod Farms, where they grew apricots and prunes. In 1972 aging orchards were replaced with grapes. Today, the fourth-generation family-run venture handles most of the grape growing and winemaking operations. All the wines made are from their estate grapes and include Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Claret (70% Cabernet, 30% Cabernet Franc) and their special 100% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet wines spend up to 22 months in French oak to enhance their smooth robust quality.

The winery facility has a covered outside barrel area, which was the original cutting shed, where fruit was cut and put out on drying trays. The tasting room is the original 1922 “Fruit House,” where the dried apricots and prunes were stored, as well as being the space for country square dances and community gatherings. Inside the Fruit House there are old family photographs, historic pictures of the area, some gourmet items, glassware and logo clothes. One wall has an aviation display dedicated to patriarch George Cooper, who was a test pilot for the military and NASA, and is often on the premises.

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The attractive wine bar at the end of the room is a simple wooden plank laid over wine barrels. The rustic place oozes with historic atmosphere, and is a lovely place to spend some time. On the first Saturday of each month at 11am a free in-depth winemaker-led vineyard and winery tour takes place. Call for reservations.

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Estate Grown Wines
Cabernet Franc
Tours Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Gift Shop
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Horseback rides at this winery
Tannin Taster,
Great Voignier and Chardonnay. The winemakers and owners are very friendly and answer any question you may have about the winery. The property is a lovely place to go for a horseback ride

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