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Ridge Vineyards

17100 Monte Bello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

Tasting:   Open Weekends 11- 4pm and by appointment weekdays
Tasting fee, $5, $20 or $20 tastings available
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Vineyard Walk offered as part of By Appointment tastings
  Location, History, Education, Taste!
Price Range:   $25 to $145 per bottle
Established:   1962
Vineyards:   Monte Bello Vineyards
  85,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Ridge Vineyards Description

The road to Ridge Winery is winding and steep at times as you head higher and higher into the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains. When you begin to wonder if you perhaps took a wrong turn, you arrive at the Ridge Winery tasting room. Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the mountain range, the tasting room is surrounded by historic vineyards and un-paralleled views that seem to continue infinitely. Snapping a few pictures should perhaps be required prior to entering the tasting room.

First planted in the late 19th century, the Monte Bello property has long been one of the most storied viticultural sites in all of California's vast wine country, and its signature offering, the Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, is one of the most highly-regarded wines in the world.

The tasting room has an elegant lodge like fell, and is modern and sophisticated, while maintaining the boutique winery charm of a quaint tasting room nestled in the mountains. The prevalent use of wood in the building and to construct the tasting bar brings warmth to the tasting room and the staff exudes this same warmth. The staff is very knowledgeable about the wines offered for tasting, as well as the history of the winery. The original Monte Bello Winery was constructed in the late 1890s, with the first vintage being produced under that name in 1892.

Ridge Vineyards has a sister location in Sonoma County; however, the Monte Bello estate is ideal for growing their Bordeaux varietals. When visiting the Monte Bello Ridge Winery location, be sure to seek out the flagship Monte Bello, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend, and a must taste before departing.

Ridge Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Estate Grown Wines
Organic Grapes
Petite Sirah
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
Sit-Down Tasting
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Ridge Vineyards Reviews

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Spectacular view and wines, narrow winding road.
grillgod, Milpitas
If you like deep rich red wines, then this is your spot. Nice selection of Zinfandels and their Montebello and other Estate Cabernets are world class. Some excellent Chardonnays also. Very narrow one way road to get there so be careful. Nice place for a picnic but not a lot of amenities so just pack a lunch.

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
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Great picnic area
winegirl, Mountain View
Not only are the wines great, but the winery site is a fantastic location for a picnic. Definitely worth the drive.

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

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