Wine Tours - Visiting Soquel Vineyards
In 1987, Peter and Paul Bargetto, along with Jon Morgan established Soquel Vineyards in 1987. The winemaking and marketing responsibilities are all in the hands of the three owners. Views from the winery are nothing short of spectacular.
Peter and Paul Bargetto come from a lineage of Italian winemakers. In 1933, Bargetto Winery was established by their great grandfather. At this time, the California wine industry was still reeling from Prohibition.
Although the Bargetto brothers are deeply rooted in their Italian heritage, they prefer to produce wines from predominately French varietals. Soquel Vineyards currently makes 4,500 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. They age many of their wines in French oak barrels.
In addition to the Santa Cruz Mountains, grapes are also sourced from Lodi, Rutherford, and Russian River Valley. The average fruit yield from these vineyards is between one and two tons per acre; very small compared to industry standards. These low yields produce intense, distinctly flavored wines.