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Soquel Vineyards

8063 Glen Haven Road
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 462-9045

Tasting:   Open Weekends 11to 4pm
Tasting is complimentary
10% case discount
  Informal Tours
  Futures Program
Price Range:   $15 to $50 per bottle
Established:   1987
Vineyards:   3 acres
  5000 cases
Winery Dog:   Midnight

Soquel Vineyards Description

Three miles off Highway 1, up narrow Glen Haven Road, visitors are rewarded by discovering the fine boutique winery of Soquel Vineyards. This little gem is nestled on the crest of a hill outside the town of Soquel and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and old-vine Zinfandel.

The serene location is surrounded by redwood trees, hillside vineyards and a spectacular view of Monterey Bay. It was established in 1987 when the twin Bargetto brothers left their family’s nearby historic winery to start their own label. With a passing nod to the family’s Italian roots, the brothers and a friend ventured out to produce Nebbiolo and first-class French varietals. Their small hillside vineyard supplies the winery with Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo fruit, while the rest is sourced from various vineyards in Santa Cruz, the Russian River Valley and Napa Valley.

The winery building itself has its own history, with its handmade Italian roof tiles dating back to the mid-1700s. The winery doors are made from an old 12,000-gallon redwood tank salvaged from the original Bargetto winery. Inside the stylish tasting room is an inlaid wood tasting counter, along with a wall of wine barrels. Large glass doors lead out to a small patio, complete with a high-powered telescope for spotting distant flora and fauna. The mood is casual, the wines are serious, and the focus is on the tasting, with barrel samples available most weekends.

Wines and Awards

Below are some of the latest awards given to Soquel Vineyards wines.

2003 Chardonnay Gold Medal – West Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal – Best of Show – 2004 Santa Cruz County Fair

2003 Pinot Noir Double Gold – San Francisco Chronicle

2004 Pinot Noir Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle 2006

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon California State Fair - 92 points
Silver Medal – West Coast Wine Competition

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Medal – West Coast Wine Competition

2003 Syrah B.T.I. - Gold Medal

2003 Old Vine Zinfandel Silver Medal – West Coast Wine Competition

2003 Trinity Gold Medal – Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association 2005

Soquel Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Picnic Sites
Barrel Sampling
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Top of the world wines
Rocko, Los Gatos
Right out of the barrel is one way to see how a wine is coming along and great fun at this out of the way winery. It is worth the drive up the hill to this little oasis in the woods. Great Nebbiolo, cab and zin. The winemaker pours for you and the place is a worthwhile stop.

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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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