|Address:||17100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA|
|Working:||Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed 11AM–5PM 11AM–5PM|
Jennifer Lu Gilbert
It sure is hard to get to, but once you arrive at Ridge Vineyards, you will find that the reward is worthwhile. bF and I came on a Sunday afternoon with our picnic in-tow. We arrived at just about 2:30pm and saw that most of the shaded picnic tables were taken. We went inside the tasting room to do our tsting first and when we came back out, most of the lunch crowd had left - resulting in plenty of shady tables with fantastic views. Ridge only makes 1 white wine -- the estate chardonney. I found it to be light and crisp, perfect for a hot day. This was what we ultimately ended up having with our picnic lunch. But anyone who knows Ridge will tell you that the real gem is their Monte Bello cab which typically improves over 15-20 years We joined the club without much hesitation and now... its simply a test of patience.
A fun place to go wine tasting or have a picnic. The outdoor area with picnic tables has sweeping views of the South Bay and is covered for shade on warmer days. The drive up here is a bit long on a single lane road, but worth it if you love big reds. The wine list is (obviously) dominated by Ridges famous Zinfandels, but they also have a single estate Merlot and a Cabernet that are excellent as well. This is Ridges original vineyards and the tasting room is in a rustic building with a beautiful wood interior. The people pouring the wine are super friendly and at $5-10 for a 4 tasting flight its decent value. Much nicer/less hectic atmosphere than their tasting room outside Healdsburg, and so much closer if you live in the South Bay.
I have to say that the wine is good but I am not sure it is worth the trouble. When there before and enjoyed an afternoon with friends tasting the wine and based on that I joined the club. Wine is of course reasonably higher priced and to pick up the order you may end up waiting a year. But.. When trying to find out if I had a pick up, I had to call back 3 times because each time they hung up the phone on me. The final time I was able to reach someone, the person didnt know if I had wine to pick up (guess they could not check) and said that the manager would try to call me back. So.. wine is good but... dealing with waiting and then the customer service... in my mind maybe not worth it.
Beautiful winery that sits above the fog line on top of Montebello. It is quite hairy getting up there with some crazy hairpin turns, and youll have to watch for cyclists too. Once you get up there, you are rewarded with wonderful views and excellent wine. Picnic tables are available. Signs point to rattlesnakes and mountain lions in the surrounding area. If you plan a visit, make it a leisurely one, as youd want to linger and enjoy the scenery.
A great little vineyard with a tasting room at the peak of a hill, which boasts vines established in the 1940s and counts Chez Panisse and French Laundry among the restaurants which serve their wines. Lovely landscaping and shaded picnicking areas make it ideal for spending an entire afternoon. Favors red wine drinkers, as Chardonnay is the only white offered.
Visited with the staff great place use nice Mets different people from different places En England French met with the winemaker, people been working there for 30 years long time met with the Sun big family up there this enjoyed it had a real nice dinner visit again
Iconic Santa Cruz winery. Gorgeous spot, and an awesome place for a summer picnic. The wines are top notch. Ridge zins, in particular, are legendary. And the tasting staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I have visited several times and I am sure I will be back!
One of my favorite wineries and an excellent place to bring a picnic for an afternoon of wine tasting. Amazing views of the valley. Their midweek reservation only seated tasting is a great experience and a good alternative to going on crowded weekends.
Wonderful grounds. Not sure about the wine... winery closed early at 2pm today. Google search stated 5pm. There is an annual private party and the coordinator neglected to update the Google search listing the times the winery is open to the public.
Cathy P. Jones
A HUGE fan of Ridge Vineyards. I have loved Ridge wines for over 30 years. Absolutely one of my favorites. The winery and tasting room are beautiful. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Take a picnic and spend the afternoon.
Its a winery with great view and great wine and its very close to south bay! However a staff there seems impatient. Im not sure what happened but other than that it was a nice afternoon out with friends.
A Private User
This is the best winery website I have ever visited. It has a bit of rustic touch and excellent layout, tools, etc... Ridge is a top notch brand, but does not forget its roots. Well done
A Private User
My favorite Zinfandel producer. I joined as a wine club member, and didnt get enough so I signed my wife up as well. Fun place to go for tastings, though the roads can be treacherous.
Busy, but it was a holiday weekend. Great views of the South Bay. Only tasted the rosé and it was okay. Interesting color, clean and crisp taste. Slightly acidic.
We had a friendly and informative employee assisting us with our visit and the tastings were very affordable. Needless to say the wine was excellent as well.
Although this isnt my favorite California wine region, Ridge Vineyards produces some very good wines. And the views from the tasting room are spectacular.
Amazing zins, fantastic and knowledgeable service and one of the best views from a winery. Great place to take a picnic or just relax with some wine.
An old colleague recommended this winery to me years ago. Now its my go to wine. Next time I visit this place, Ill be joining the club.
Best wine tasting Ive had in NorCal. Amazing wines, great views, and very friendly staff. Israel was very knowledgeable and welcoming.
Incredible wine, affordable tastings, great views, and friendly service. Really difficult to beat this place if you like good wine.
Amazing wine, knowledgable staff and great views. Pinic areas give you a chance to nibble and drink wine outside. Love it.
This is really a nice place with a huge panoramic view. All the wines were good except that they are too expensive...
Great wines, super nice and knowledgeable staff. You can also picnic there - dont forget to buy a bottle before
One of the nicest place at to taste wine while still near the peninsula. Incredible views and even better zins
One of the best wineries in the Bay Area - great view of the valley, excellent Syrah
If you only have time to visit one winery in the Santa Cruz mountains, visit Ridge.
If you can survive the windy road up, Ridge is a friendly spot with a great view.
Loved the wine and the scenery. The tour of the winery was pretty interesting.
Excellent Santa Cruz mountain winery minutes from Cupertino.
Its all about the view, wait they have great wines too
Wonderful wines. Wonderful view. Educated pourers.
Jérémie Meyer de Ville
A windy road takes you to this hidden gem.
Amazing wine, great value for the tastings
Great wines and a nice view of Cupertino
Absolutely beautiful. Amazing wine.