Loma Prieta Winery: America’s Largest Pinotage Producer
Well-deserving of the descriptor “boutique,” Loma Prieta makes fewer than 3k cases yearly, yet has single-handedly become the largest producer of Pinotage in North America. Set at 2600 feet on Loma Prieta Way off the Summit Road exit of Highway 17, Loma Prieta is named after the flat-topped mountain that towers to the southeast. It is here, in the shadow of this iconic peak known for being the epicenter of the 1989 earthquake that bears its name, that you will find one of the most beautiful wineries in all of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Views are mesmerizing in every direction, and you can see the entire Monterey Peninsula and watch waves crashing on the Santa Cruz coastline. It’s the only regulation bocce course in the mountains where you might spot whales.