San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area Wine Country
The Santa Cruz Mountains wine region has a wide variety of microclimates. Bay Area Wineries produce wine with grapes grown in this region. Elevation and slope direction are the two biggest factors in selecting varietals for specific vineyard sites. San Francisco Bay Area wineries produce everything from opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to delicate Pinot Noir.
Ben Lomond is a sub-AVA in the cooler, western part of San Francisco Bay Area Wine Country. Established in 1988, this wine region encompasses 38,500 total acres of land. Beauregard Vineyards, McHenry Vineyard and Hallcrest Vineyards are a few of the San Francisco Bay Area Wineries. The AVA’s beautiful natural scenery makes it a popular destination for San Francisco Bay Area Wine Tours.
The easternmost AVA in the San Francisco Bay Area is the Livermore Valley. It’s moderate climate made it a magnet for early Bay Area Wineries. There was a time when the region’s wines were the most famous in all of the state.
Moving south, the Santa Clara Valley is a rather large AVA, but has more housing developments than vineyards. While the AVA’s winemaking importance is more historical than contemporary, there are still a few quality vineyards and wineries that have resisted suburban encroachment. Exploring San Francisco Bay Area Wineries will bring you through Hecker Pass.
Pacheco Pass is a small AVA located in the southern tip of San Francisco Bay Area Wine Country. Part of the region is also in San Benito County. There is the only one winery in the wine region.
> A Few Popular San Francisco Bay Area Wineries
- Beauregard Vineyards
- McHenry Vineyard
- Hallcrest Vineyards
- Concannon Vineyard
- Wente Vineyards
- Crooked Vine Winery
- Cedar Mountain Winery
- Zanger Vineyards