Santa Clara Valley
Santa Clara Valley Wine Country
The remaining Santa Clara Valley wineries are a testament to the perseverance of local vineyard owners and winemakers. Most of Santa Clara Valley Wine Country has long since lost its agricultural heritage, and has undergone commercial and residential development. It is difficult to compete with the high land values of Silicon Valley, but several Santa Clara Wineries are dedicated to keeping the local wine legacy alive.
Santa Clara Valley’s climate is warmer than most other regional AVAs. Several rustic grape varietals enjoy the heat including Petite Sirah, Carignane and Zinfandel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are also specialties of Santa Clara Wineries and Vineyards. Coastal breezes enter the region through Hecker and Pajaro Passes.
Before Santa Clara Valley was settled, much of its terrain was a flood plain. There are a number of alluvial fans as a result of this water movement. The deep, gravelly and well-drained soils of Santa Clara Valley Wine Country are excellent for high-quality grape growing. Most of the vineyards are clustered in the southern part of the wine region.
Santa Clara Valley has a very long history of grape growing and winemaking that dates to the days of the Spanish Missions. For many years, Santa Clara Wine Country had everything going for it, including a favorable climate, good soil and proximity to the population centers of the Bay Area. A handful of Santa Clara Valley Wineries and vineyards are continuing this proud winemaking heritage.
> Popular Santa Clara Valley Wineries
- Creekview Vineyards
- Sapid Wines
- Hecker Pass Winery
- Mirassou Vineyards
- Guglielmo Winery
- Fortino Winery