Sycamore Creek Vineyards
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Sycamore Creek Vineyards & Winery is a small family-owned and operated winery producing limited amounts of unique hand-crafted wines. The head-caned old vine Cabernet and Chardonnay vines are dry farmed to produce intense flavors and aromas. We invite you to come on in and enjoy our outdoor patio area with friends, family, and great wine.
Sycamore Creek Vineyards & Winery is located 20 miles south of San Jose just west of the town of Morgan Hill. The vineyard property is located in the historical Uvas Valley which is at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Uva means "grape" in Spanish and the valley was so named by early explorers who found California's native vine growing in abundance in the valley.
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In 1977, some of the Carignane was replanted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, two varietals that would make a name for the winery. Sycamore Creek Vineyards was the first of a new generation of super-premium producers in the area which was traditionally known for its reasonably priced jug wines. The winery soon amassed a long list of awards and medals.
By 1989, the Parks, who had begun to find the pressures of the business exhausting, sold Sycamore Creek Vineyards to Kazuaki Morita, a businessman whose family has been producing sake for generations in Japan. This ended a two-year search by Mr. Morita, who had wished to purchase a winery in California and begin exporting wine to the growing Japanese market. He had the foresight to look beyond the Napa and Sonoma regions and was attracted to the quality of the Sycamore Creek wines and the beauty of the vineyards. In the early 1990s, Mr. Morita became ill and passed on. The winery remained in the Morita family for many years after in relative obscurity.
In July of 2005, Sycamore Creek Vineyards was purchased by Bill and Carolyn Holt of Morgan Hill. Bill and his family have been involved in growing premium wine grapes at their Uvas Creek Vineyards property located just 1/2 mile north of the Sycamore Creek property.
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In 1977, a portion of the vineyard was replanted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and trained in a head-pruned fashion and dry farmed. The results are low yields and extremely high-quality wine grapes. The remaining blocks of Zinfandel and Carignane were replanted to additional Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1991 by the Morita family.
In the summer of 2005, just after the Holt family's first harvest of Cabernet, one remaining Zinfandel vine was found on the bank of Sycamore Creek. Cuttings taken from this struggling vine were grafted at the Uvas Creek Vineyard site for material to replant a portion of Sycamore Creek to the original Zinfandel that was growing in the early 1900s.
The vineyard is located 12 miles inland from the Monterey Bay on the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The typical summer weather is morning fog which burns off by noon, warm days, and cool nights. Both Sycamore Creek Vineyard and Uvas Creek Vineyard wine grapes rarely require any acid adjustments, a testament to the ideal winegrowing conditions of the area.
Gold Medal 2014 Sunset Magazing International Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2014 West Coast Wine Competition