Tech's not the only industry that gets its humble beginnings in a garage. Many San Jose vintners began their passion with grapes in their own spaces and has expanded into the vineyards and tasting rooms we visit today. San Jose's rich agricultural history as the Valley of Heart's Delight provides the region so much abundance, including an assortment of wine and varietals! Sample award-winning bottles and take in stunning mountain views at one of the many wineries and California vineyards in and surrounding San Jose. Each of San Jose's surrounding AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) are distinct with its own unique climate and soil conditions that contribute to the flavor profile of the wines produced there.
Begin your trip in the middle of it all. Visit Alamitos Vineyards, San Jose's only vineyard within city borders, a winery that's fast becoming an industry favorite. Or check our Coterie Winery, known for their natural approach to winemaking and a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. Or, pick up a few bottles of J. Lohr Vineyards at their San Jose Wine Center, the first tasting room to open in Downtown San Jose since the Prohibition.
The Santa Cruz Mountains wine region is nestled in one of the most unique and beautiful environments in the world. Experience over 150 unique wineries and their exquisite varieties with views of the valley, redwoods and Pacific Ocean, all just 20 minutes from Downtown San Jose. The region is know for producing high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Some notable wineries in this area include the prestigious and award-winning Ridge Vineyards, the delightful Testarossa Winery and the historic Mountain Winery. Visitors can enjoy the taste of a wide variety of delicious vintages as well as live music, trailheads and horseback riding. We encourage you to explore the hidden treasures of this beautiful mountain region.
The Santa Clara Valley’s rich soils continue to produce exceptional wines and produce for the region, long before the birth of Silicon Valley. Step back in time to a more relaxed era and sip your way through more than two dozen historic wineries, tasting rooms and gorgeous vineyards in nearby towns of Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin. This area is known for producing zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay varietals. Daily tastings are available at most wineries, with some, like Clos LaChance Winery and Guglielmo Winery, featuring entertainment and live music.
This wine region is located to the east of Santa Clara Valley and is known for its Bordeaux-style blends and Chardonnay. Some notable wineries in this area include Wente Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, and McGrail Vineyards.
Be where the wine is – plan your wine tasting trip in San Jose and be within 10 minutes of the nearest tasting room and 20 minutes out from the vineyards of both the Santa Cruz Mountain and the Santa Clara Valley wineries! Whether for a leisurely getaway or team bonding experience, stay safe and stay local!