Nicholson Vineyards

Nicholson Vineyards

2800 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Aptos, California 95003
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Local Phone: (831) 724-7071

This is a family owned and operated Santa Cruz Mountains boutique winery specializing in hand-crafted wines that are classic and elegant in style.

Located along the Corralitos Wine Trail amongst the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Pleasant Valley is a quiet place where the sun, soil and early morning ocean mist create exceptional grapes and olives.

Please check winery website for days and hours of operation.

Dog Access:

  • Dogs allowed in picnic area or patio

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery <br/> Photo Credit: @rubytuesday96
Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery
Photo Credit: @rubytuesday96
If you don’t live in Santa Cruz County, you probably know this gorgeous stretch of the California coast for its beaches, its stellar university and the namesake town that proudly embraces its somewhat eccentric reputation. But Santa Cruz County is also known for its mountains, its redwood forests and its wines, particularly the pinot noir and chardonnay that thrive in the fog-kissed climate. Wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled throughout the county, and dogs get a warm welcome at many of them. more »
Puppy riding in bike basket in Santa Cruz
Photo credit: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious (CC)
For many visitors, Santa Cruz County is as much about wine as it is about beaches. The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known for a cool climate that produces superior pinot noir, is one of the oldest in the state. More than 70 wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled through the county’s hills and towns, and dogs are welcome at dozens of them.

The foothills outside Soquel are a good place to center a visit. At Hunter Hill, high above town, you’ll sip wine at a redwood bar while enjoying views overlooking the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. With Poetic Cellars, on 33 redwood-studded acres, comes a romantic theme supplemented by ocean views.

Near the coastal enclave of Aptos, Nicholson Vineyards is relaxed, dog-friendly and unusual in that the rustic tasting room is right in the middle of the vineyard. Alfaro Family Vineyards, in the Corralitos area, likewise has a super-relaxed vibe—plus it’s not far from Corralitos Market and Sausage Company, a regionally famous deli and great spot for lunch. more »
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