California Wine Regions
Browse Wineries

Santa Clara » Rapazzini Winery

« Back
Winery Search
Napa Valley Wineries
Paso Robles Wineries
Santa Barbara Wineries
Sonoma Wineries
San Luis Obispo Wineries
Mendocino Wineries
Monterey Wineries
Santa Clara Wineries
Santa Cruz Wineries
Sierra Foothills Wineries
Temecula Wineries
Lodi Wineries
Livermore Wineries
Lake County Wineries
Ventura & Malibu Wineries
San Joaquin Valley Wineries
San Diego Wineries
SF East Bay Wineries
CWA Poll
What is the best way to discover new wines & wineries?
Attend wine festivals
Wine country wine touring
Tasting at wine bars
Restaurant food & wine events
Wine shop tastings
Read articles in the wine press
Social media blogs
Food & Wine
How To Match
Pairing Cheese & Wine
Wine Country Recipes
Wine Shop
Napa Wine Bargains
Deals at
Wine Stuff
Wine Glossary
Wine Grape Varieties
Taste For Free Maps
Ask the Winemaker
How To Technically Taste Wine
Tasting Room Etiquette
Advisor Favorite Videos
All About Barrels
Seven Tips for Wine Events
Five Steps To a Perfect Wine Country Weekend
Father of California Wine
Taste The Stars
Santa Barbara and its 100 wineries
How To Read A Wine Label
More Stuff
Wine Tasting Links Member Rating
Map Winery
Email Page to a Friend
Save to CWA Favorites
Add to Wine Tasting Itinerary
Write Your Own Winery Review

Rapazzini Winery

4350 Monterey Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-5649

Tasting:   Open daily 9-5pm winter, 9-6pm summer
Tasting is complimentary
10% case discount
  Chateau de Garlic wine
Price Range:   $6 to $22 per bottle
Established:   1962

Rapazzini Winery Description

This tasting room, with its grape-eating Bacchus icon, has been a fixture along Highway 101 for over 40 years. The metal-roofed building greets you with a pair of giant doors made from the staves of a huge wine barrel.

Inside the generously sized tasting room is an extensive gift shop with glassware, lots of wine accessories, garlic-related items (remember, you’re in Gilroy - the garlic capital of the world), olive oils, salsas, aprons, trivets, and a cooler filled with refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. The 40-foot-long tasting bar has a very cool hammered-copper-topped counter. A beautiful rock fireplace stands in the corner.

The mood here is kitschy and a bit worn, but the range of wines and the gift shop make it a stop well worth considering. The winery sources grapes from all over California and makes Gewurztraminer, Johannesburg Riesling, White Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Muscat, Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Apribella, Cream Marsala, Tawny Port, Berry Berry, Raspberry Delight and Chateau de Garlic. Most of their production is sold from the tasting room.

Rapazzini Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Gift Shop - Special
Write Your Own Winery Review

Rapazzini Winery Reviews

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
Rapazzini Winery
Paul_McCrone, Salinas
Rapazzini Winery is an establishment that is easily found right on the US 101 (Northbound) Roadside as you just enter Gilroy from the south. So, access is easy enough. It is a nice place, clean, though the atmospherics - being right next to a highway - aren't the best. The Owner is a very friendly guy. The fellow that waited on me was a more subdued guy. Helpful enough, though not especially talkative. The WINE was great. I really liked the Sauvignon Blanc, followed closely by the Cabernet. Both were excellent. My least favorite wine was their Apribella Wine, which is a white desert wine. Perhaps I just have no sense for quality desert wines, but it was just too sweet for me. I do recommend stopping at Rapazzini's because the regular wine is quite good, and the prices were good also. I actually stop there often for both their SB and Cab. They also easily support shipping their wine to most places around the country; I have had no trouble with shipping across the country and my friends at the other end reported getting the wine in about a week or so.

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
If you Love Garlic...
Lucy, San Jose
It is simple, I love garlic. I was so surprised and intrigued when I came across the Chateau de Garlic. I never imagined such a blend, although I was pleasantly surprised it was such a brilliant mixture of spices and scents that I was overwhelmed and left with a case. If garlic isn't your style you should not be deterred from visiting this vineyard they have so much to offer.

Review Disclaimer

The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

Advanced Winery Search
CWA Members

Free Membership
Recent Newsletters

Wine Country
About CWA | Contact Us | Advertise with CWA | List Your Winery | Site Map | Privacy/Affiliate Policy | Promote Your Winery on CWA