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Best Wineries
in San Jose
2020

Why These Wineries?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Jose Wineries on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

3 Steves Winery

3 Steves Winery is a Livermore, California winery, established in 2010. This business produces wines that include sauvignon blanc, Malbec, Brut Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and unique blends. They also make other wines from time to time such as Viognier, Barbera, and Sangiovese. This winery created numerous award-winning wines, and won Best Red Wine Of Show in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2014. 3 Steves Winery gives back to the community by supporting organizations such as Hope Hospice, the Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Homeaid, and Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

Livermore, CA 94550

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Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery

Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery is a family-owned winery in Corralitos, California, founded in 1997. Their wine selection includes estate grown and bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, La Playita, Albarino, and their unique Gruner Veltliner. Alfaro Vineyards and Winery's wines are certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers, and they have been voted as the best local winery by the Good Times Magazine readers' poll for four consecutive years.

Corralitos, CA 95076

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Cinnabar Winery

Cinnabar Winery is a boutique, family-owned winery in Saratoga, California, founded in 1981. Their wine list includes Malbec, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Mercury Rising, Incantation-California, and Chardonnay. Cinnabar Winery has produced various award-winning wines in state fairs and national and international wine competitions.

Saratoga, CA 95070

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Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard

Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery in San Martin, California. This estate produces varietals of wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Red, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, White, and Zinfandel. Their staff provides informative tours and wine tastings for their visitors. Clos LaChance is certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and their tasting room has received awards from The Best of Morgan Hill, San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle, California Winery Advisor, and Wine Country This Week.

San Martin, CA 95046

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Fernwood Cellars

Fernwood Cellars is a Gilroy, California winery, founded in 1999. Their wine selection includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Sidecut, Syrah, Round Rocks, Grenache, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Klammer. In addition to their wines, they provide consultation, installation, and maintenance of custom-made vineyards. Fernwood Cellars only produces wine from grapes that they grow, unlike wineries that purchase fruit from independent growers. Fernwood Cellars takes pride in using oak barrels exclusively.

Gilroy, CA 95020

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Fortino Winery

Fortino Winery is a winery and vineyard in Gilroy, California, established in 1970. This winery offers varietals of red, white, rose, sparkling, fruit, and dessert wines. The staff is pleased to accommodate weddings and corporate events in their event center. Fortino Winery is recognized on both national and international competition levels, and won the 2014 Small Business of the Year award given by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce.

Kirigin Cellars

Kirigin Cellars is one of the oldest wineries in California, established in 1916 in Gilroy. Their wine list includes Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel. Kirigin Cellars is known for their award-winning Vino de Mocca, a unique blend of coffee and chocolate infused wine. They have also earned 4.5 out of 5 stars based on customer reviews on Yelp.

La Honda Winery

La Honda Winery is a boutique winery in Redwood City, California that specializes in producing hand-crafted wines. The diverse locations of their vineyards help them grow the perfect fruit needed for each type of wine produced. Products include red table wine, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel, among others. This winery is pleased to offer venue rentals for special events. La Honda Winery has produced many award-winning wines, and was featured in magazines including Forbes and SFGate.

Redwood City, CA 94063

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Loos Family Winery

Loos Family Winery is a family-owned winery in San Jose and is one of the smallest wineries in California. This business focuses on handcrafting small quantities of award winning wine made from grapes sourced from world-class vineyards. Their wine selection includes Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Loos Family Winery won the Best of Appellation Award and is also one a winner of the First Wine Industry Awards by Northbay Business Journal.

San Jose, CA 95117

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Martin Ranch Winery

Martin Ranch Winery is a family-owned and operated winery in Gilroy, California, established in 1993. Their wine selection consists of Chardonnay, Estate Red, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Riesling. This winery supports the environment by practicing energy efficiency, conservation, and recycling. They are also a member of the National Wildlife Federation. Martin Ranch Winery is known for producing national and international award winning wines every year.

Rapazzini Winery

Rapazzini Winery is a Gilroy, California winery, established in 1962. This business creates and sells numerous varietals of red, white, and sparkling wines, champagne, Italian imported wines, dessert and specialty wines, and their world-famous garlic wine. Alex Larson, chef and owner of Rapazzini Winery, earned a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars from the San Jose Mercury News and was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Gilroy, CA 95020

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Regale Winery and Vineyards

Regale Winery and Vineyards is a Tuscan-inspired winery and vineyard located in Los Gatos, California. This winery focuses on Pinot Noir and Cabernet wines. Their wine list also includes Chardonnay, Sparkling, Zinfandel, and Bordeaux varietals. Aside from wine, this business also produces Estate Olive Oil from trees on their property. Regale Winery earned 4.5 out of 5 stars based on customer reviews on Yelp and Facebook.

Los Gatos, CA 95003

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Solis Winery

Solis Winery is an award-winning winery that has been operating in San Jose, California since the late 1920's. This establishment produces red and white wines, as well as dessert wine and rosé. Their staff also offers tours in the vineyard and winery and host special events throughout the year. Solis Winery has been producing award-winning wines at regional, national, and international competition levels since 2006.

Waxwing Wine Cellars

Waxwing Wine Cellars is a Belmont, California winery, founded in 2006. This winery focuses on Pinot Noir and Syrah varietals, but also produces Rosé, Riesling, and Bohemian Blend Red Wine. For three consecutive years, Waxwing Wine Cellars' Pinot Noir has earned sufficient points to be named a Classic Wine by the Prince of Pinot.

Belmont, CA 94002

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