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Solis Winery

3920 Hecker Pass Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 847-6306

Tasting:   Open daily 11 to 5 pm
Tasting is complimentary, $5 for their premium selections
5% discount on 6-11 bottles, 10% on case purchase
  Tours by Appointment
Price Range:   $9.50 to $22 per bottle
Established:   1917
Vineyards:   37 acres
  6000 cases

Solis Winery Description

Along Hecker Pass Road you pass large commercial nurseries supporting the population growth of nearby Silicon Valley. A vineyard emerges on the south side of the road, marking the entrance to one of the oldest wineries in the area.

Tucked back away from the road, surrounded by mature trees and a nice green lawn, is the ranch-style red-roofed tasting room of the historic Rancho de Solis. Part of an original 8,000-acre Mexican land grant, the ranch has been growing grapes since the 1920s when the Alfonso Bertero family emigrated here from Italy. Originally planted to Zinfandel and Carignane, the vineyard now grows Chardonnay, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1980 the vineyard was sold to the Vanni family, whose members run the operation today.

Inside, the burgundy-colored carpet leads you down a few steps to the oval
wine-tasting bar and boutique area. There are large windows that look out on the vineyard property and the winery buildings. There are a limited amount of the usual gourmet items, along with artichoke dips and logo clothing for sale as well.
Solis specializes in Merlot and Sangiovese, selling most of their wines in the local area and in the tasting room. 

Solis Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Tours Available
Picnic Sites
Gift Shop
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Solis Winery
Paul_McCrone, Monterey
The tasting room was a small but dignified facility. It was a welcoming place to taste wine. I enjoyed the enironment and scenery. It seems like a nice place to go picnicing. The staff were friendly and helpful. My favorite wine was actually their 2009 Rose, which is actually a table wine, but I none-the-less really liked it. I do recommend stopping at this tasting room! A nice place.

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Luke, San Francisco
The fact that they are secluded amongst a beautiful towering trees is what I appreciate most about Solis. I enjoyed sitting around the unique circular tasting bar and conversing with my pourer about the history of the Vineyard. I found myself leaving that evening with two cases, one of the Zinfandel and the other Carignane. Such a unique wine, I could not pass it up.

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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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