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Visit the "Explore Vineyards" link above in site navigation under "Our Wines" to gain key insights and access to detailed information on our Nelson Vineyard, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.
The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area) became a recognized AVA in 1981 and was one of the first appellations to be defined by its mountainous topography. Placed directly in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the region is bounded by the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay and Woodside in the north, to Mount Madonna and Watsonville in the south. The appellation encompasses some 322,000 acres extending through Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
The mountainous terrain, the Pacific Ocean, and the nearby San Francisco Bay have wide-ranging effects on the appellation, creating a plethora of micro-climates, ultimately defining the regions terroir. Vineyards in this region are not only influenced by the elevation of the land, but coastal fog, bright sunshine and vast soil types.