San Benito Wine Trail Vineyards, Wineries
and Tasting Rooms Open to the Public
Numerous Monterey Bay area wineries, such Scheid Vineyards and Ser Winery, grow grapes in San Benito County. The following wineries are listed because they open themselves to public—in some cases regularly, and in others, just by appointment or in conjunction with special events. Be sure to call before you go to confirm that they will be open.
AIMEE JUNE WINERY
A small, family-owned winery that makes hand-crafted wine in an all-natural, old-world winemaking style without fining or filtration. Each bottle features hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork.
106 3rd St., San Juan Bautista
Tastings 12–5pm Saturday and Sunday
BONNY DOON VINEYARD
Bonny Doon’s 280-acre Popelouchum in San Juan Bautista is a biodynamic polyculture ranch where Grahm is seeking to hybridize 10,000 new vinifera grape varieties from seed. The aim is to create a truly unique American Wine and produce grapes that are particularly well suited to our region and its changing climate. The vineyard may be visited during special events only; a weekend pop-up restaurant is planned.
CALERA WINE COMPANY
Established in 1975, owner and winemaker Josh Jensen specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier. His Mount Harlan wines exhibit minerally characteristics of their unique limestone-rich vineyards. The tasting room and nearby picnic tables offer sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
11300 Cienega Road, Hollister
Tastings daily, 11am-4:30pm
CASA DE FRUTA WINERY
Growing since 1908, the Zanger Family produces unique fruit wines including apricot, plum, raspberry, blackberry and pomegranate. Varietal wines include Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Merlot. 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Tastings daily, 9am – 7pm
Established in 1988 on land supporting some of the oldest vines in California, this family-owned winery sits directly on top of the San Andreas Fault. DeRose offers some unusual, unique wines such as the Cabernet Pfeffer and Negrette.The vineyard also opens its museum of vintage cars the first Saturday of each month.
9970 Cienega Road, Hollister
Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
GUERRA FAMILY CELLARS
The vineyards of Guerra Family Cellars were planted in 2006 after the family purchased the 600-acre Pepper Tree Ranch. Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Viognier varietals are grown along with olive trees for oil. The vineyard also offers a summer concert series in an outdoor offers a regular summer concert series called Hollister Concerts in an outdoor amphitheater backed by spectacular views. The 2015 series kicks off on July 11 with La Vation, a U2 tribute band. See Guerra website for full details.
500 John Smith Road, Hollister
Tasting Room open April to November, weekends 12am-5pm
Founded by Frank Leal, Leal Vineyards uses old-world winemaking techniques and close monitoring of vines to produce award-winning wines.
300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister
Tastings open daily 10am-4pm, half days on holidays.
EDEN RIFT WINERY
Under vine since 1849, Eden Rift is among the oldest, continually producing estate vineyards in California. A remote, pacific refuge located under the shadow of the Gavilan Mountain Range, the estate rests on the San Andreas Fault and is part of the Cienega Valley AVA. Only 20-miles from the Pacific Ocean, this site benefits from an ideal, temperate maritime climate as well as the coveted calcareous soils requisite in the cultivation of vivid, energetic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. An historic, head-trained block of Zinfandel, planted in 1906, still thrives outside the estate’s main residence, The Dickinson House, built that same year.
10034 Cienega Rd, Hollister
Open: daily 11am to 4pm.
Focused mainly on Zinfandels, Summerayne was founded in 1998 and remains family-owned.
1781 Limekiln Rd., Hollister
Open by appointment