Portola Vineyards

We believe there's something special about drinking local wine. Since 2005, our family has been producing hand-crafted vintages that reflect the terroir of the mid-Peninsula foothills, and sharing them with the local community.

Many are surprised to hear that the hills above Silicon Valley have a rich viticultural history. These foothills were once California's premier winegrowing region, and the small vineyards here today continue to produce phenomenal wines. We follow a minimalist philosophy in our winemaking, including the use of native yeast fermentations, to let the essence of our region shine through.

The Santa Clara Valley was once the epicenter of northern California's wine industry and has a rich history of viticulture. Grapes were planted at Mission Santa Clara as early as 1798.  By the late 1800s, the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains were dotted with vineyards — there were more than 800 acres of vines in Portola Valley and Woodside alone. There were also about 300 acres of vines and several small wineries in the town of Mayfield, which is now Palo Alto. Leland Stanford planted about 150 acres of grapes on his property just North of Mayfield, and produced 60,000 gallons of wine a year out of his winery. Around this time, Santa Clara County was recognized as one of the top wine-producing counties in the state.

Viticulture is still strong in the Santa Cruz Mountains and its foothills. The region is home to more than 70 wineries and over 200 small vineyards, and remains one of the top winegrowing regions in the world.

Our two acres of Pinot Noir were planted in 2003. The vineyard gets intense summer sun, and the coastal fog frequently approaches within a few miles, keeping temperatures cool. We tend our vines meticulously by hand, limiting crop load to channel the vines' energy into a small number of high-flavor clusters.

We farm the vineyard with techniques that improve, rather than degrade the land. Our vines are dry-farmed, and we preserve organic matter by avoiding tillage. A pond next to the vineyard provides habitat for frogs, herons, and other wildlife.

Our grapes are certified organic by CCOF.