Silver Mountain Vineyards

Silver Mountain Vineyard Tour

About

Welcome to Silver Mountain, land of breathtaking views and award-winning premier wines. Our winery and vineyards are set high in the mountains, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. We are devoted to the production of robust and complex world-class wines. Our premier wines are marked by quality, richness of flavor and layers of complexity.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, California.

Features

  • Premium wine that captures delicate nuances of flavor.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Jerold O’Brien was twenty-two years of age and a young Air Force pilot when he first recognized his interest in wine. Over the years, his travels to various parts of the world offered exposure to many different cultures, and their food and table beverages. “The more I tasted, the more I wanted to know, particularly about the wines. Why were they different? What was it about the soil, climate, grape variety and winemaking practices that produced the unique qualities of various wines?”

In 1970, Jerold moved to San Francisco, the center for the wine industry in the Western Hemisphere, where he began taking classes and working part time in wineries. “The more I met the great people in the wine business, the more I wanted to be part of this industry.” In 1973, he found an 18-acre parcel in the Santa Cruz Mountains, then an abandoned orchard sitting atop a 2,100-foot ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay.

History

Jerold is a firm believer that the mountain philosophy of independence and challenge is pivotal to producing strong character, both in people and in grapes. The name Silver Mountain calls to mind the special qualities that characterize this appellation and contribute to the distinctive mountain flavor of these fine wines. Additionally, Jerold was active in commodity futures trading in the 1970s and used profits from silver trades to help him buy the land.

Established in 1979, Silver Mountain Vineyards is located at an elevation of 2,100 feet and enjoys a spectacular view of the Monterey Bay and surrounding redwood forest.

Practices & Techniques

Our 100 percent organic viticulture starts with a fundamental concern for the environment, and expands to include a healthier and more delicious end product for our customers. We employ organically approved and naturally occurring substances in all vineyard applications, which means that no chemical herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers are used in our vineyard.

Awards

2008 Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield:
Gold Medal, Pacific Rim Wine Competition; Silver Medal, Riverside Wine Competition

2008 Pinot Noir, Muns Vineyard:
Gold Medal, Best of Show, Pacific Rim Wine Competition; Silver Medal, New World Int'l. and Riverside Wine Competitions; Bronze Medal, California State Fair

2007 Alloy:
Gold Medal, Pacific Rim Wine Competition; Bronze Medal, Riverside Wine Competition.

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Hours

Open Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00pm

Address

PO Box 3636
Santa Cruz Mountains, California 95063
United States

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