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My husband and I recently spent a weekend touring wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Windy Oaks was probably our favorite find of the weekend–and there were several very lovely stops.


The little tasting room and winery are the work of Jim and Judy Schultze. They left jobs as management consultants to work on their winery–-there was actually overlap for quite some time. They now continue to work their land and make wine with their two sons.


Located over 1,000 feet above sea level, their vineyards are well suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, although they also make a few other things from both estate and purchased fruit.Â


Vineyards are sustainably farmed (mostly organic) and they try to intervene as little as possible in the winery.Â

They use native yeasts and the wines are unfined and unfiltered.


The tasting room is small, but there’s also a patio where you can sit outside on a nice day.


Prices: They have several tasting flight options available at between $15$20.


Tasting Rooms Hours:Â Saturdays , 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. They will also be open Sundays beginning the weekend of June 9 through midOctober.


Additional Info: They also have a tasting room in downtown Carmel which is open 11:30 am to  5:30 pm daily.


Windy Oaks Estates Winery Review  

My husband and I recently spent a weekend touring wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Windy Oaks was probably our favorite find of the we...

Windy Oaks Estates Winery Review  

My husband and I recently spent a weekend touring wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Windy Oaks was probably our favorite find of the we...

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