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Fernwood Cellars
7137 Redwood Retreat Road
Gilroy, CAMAP
(408) 848-0611

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Matt Oetinger’s Fernwood Cellars is located high in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He grows different varietals at each of his three vineyards, and makes several premium wines. Each exhibits the unique characteristics of the properties they are from.

Oetinger’s Redwood Retreat Vineyard is just above the fog that regularly creeps into the mountains from the Pacific Ocean. Because of prolonged sun exposure, the land is well suited for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Syrah. The Fernwood Cellars Estate Cabernet Sauvignon recently won the gold medal at the California State Fair.

Vanumanutagi Vineyard is adjacent to Redwood Retreat, sits at a slightly lower elevation. This property is more affected by the coastal fog, thus is primarily planted with Chardonnay. Clos LaChance buys grapes from this vineyard.

The last of the three vineyards is called Hummingbird Hill. Located in the El Dorado AVA, it is planted with Zinfandel. Matt’s father, Lew, originally developed this vineyard.

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