Silicon Valley Wineries


  • California’s oldest wine growing region
  • Local vineyard tasting rooms and wine bars located in Downtown San Jose and Willow Glen
  • 150+ wineries within a 35 mile radius of San Jose


The Santa Clara Valley is California’s oldest continuously-producing wine growing region. Long before Napa made it on the scene, this area was growing grapes for the Missions. The Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation (named the most underappreciated appellation in the world by Wine Spectator Magazine) encompasses more than 850 square miles from San Francisco down the Peninsula through Gilroy, Watsonville, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. With its mountainous terrain, marine and valley influences, and varied micro-climates and diverse soils, it is the ideal place to grow and produce some of the world’s most distinct and terroir driven wines.

While there are a multitude of options for wine tasting excursions surrounding San Jose, you can experience an extensive menu of varietals inside the city boarders. Wine bars are plentiful with 55 South, Vyne Bistro, Sherman Cellars, UNWINED and Wine Affairs representing just a few of the places in San Jose to get your vine on. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has its own tasting room Downtown and Vino Vino inside the San Pedro Square Market boasts 13 local bottle wines on tap – yes wine on tap!

A quick 5 minutes from Downtown, Santana Row’s Vintage Wine Bar pours over 25 wines by the glass and the nearby Vintage Wine Merchants offers tastings, premium bottles and accessories for sale. 

Just 15 minutes from Downtown in Los Gatos, you’ll find the stunning and picturesque Testarossa Winery and Tasting Room and next to Los Gatos in Saratoga you can visit the mountainside Savannah-Chanelle; the tasting room for Cinnabar and Cooper-Garrod Vineyards.

Printable PDF on Silicon Valley Wineries HERE.