Loma Prieta Winery
Well-deserving of the descriptor “boutique,” Loma Prieta makes fewer than 3,000 cases yearly, yet has single-handedly become the largest producer of Pinotage, a South African grape, in North America. Set at 2,600 feet on Loma Prieta Way off the Summit Road exit of Highway 17, Loma Prieta is named for the flat-topped mountain that towers to the southeast. It is here, in the shadow of this iconic peak known for being the epicenter of the 1989 earthquake that bears its name, that you will find one of the most beautiful wineries in all of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Views are mesmerizing in every direction, and you can see the entire Monterey Peninsula and watch waves crashing on the Santa Cruz coastline. It’s the only regulation bocce course in the mountains where you might spot whales.
Free lot parking.