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Corralitos Wine Trail

Little Pockets of Paradise Family Owned Wineries Showcase Central Coast Terroir By LAURA NESS For VINO

The sun shines more kindly on Corralitos, that little belt of sunshine at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz and a century away from the pace of Silicon Valley. Settlers here have long appreciated the secret sauce of the climate here: it’s ideal for growing apples, and it’s magnifique for growing grapes, too. Vineyards are nestled into hills and dales and four of the winegrowing families here who also make wine, 12 Spring/Summer 2014

have formed a collective to showcase their liquid sunshine. Welcome to the Corralitos Wine Trail. All are family owned and operated, and each offers a unique slice of life as distinct and delicious as one kind of apple pie versus another. Each one has a gorgeous setting in a growing region bounded by splendid redwood trees and resplendent with vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves and flower farms. It’s like a Garden of Eden without the tropical fruits. All four wineries are open most Saturdays throughout the year, from noon until 5 p.m.,

Published by the Register-Pajaronian

and Alfaro, Nicholson and Windy Oaks are open most Sundays as well. Be sure to check the websites for special events and closures. Alfaro Vineyards wines stand out on local store shelves with their distinctive scarlet letter “A” labels (which also appear in bright blue and yellow), but their lineup includes many other fun labels, too. The Lester Family pinot label bears a beautiful buck, in deference to the vineyard’s former name of “Deer Park,” while the Schultze Family pinot sports a Whistler-esque rendition of Jim and Judy Schultze, the proprietors of Windy Oaks.

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