San Benito County Wineries

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San Benito County WineriesPlan a visit to San Benito County Wineries and discover one of the hidden treasures of California’s Wine Country. The wineries of San Benito County are located near the city of Hollister just 25 miles from Monterey Bay.

Wine grapes were first planted in San Benito County during the 1850’s by a French immigrant named Theophile Vache’. Using vine clippings he brought from France, he planted his new vineyards in the beautiful hills of the Cienega Valley.

Plan a visit to San Benito County soon. In addition to touring the wineries and sampling the wines, visitors might also want to explore the nearby Mission San Juan Bautista.


San Benito County Wineries

Map of San Benito Wineries

Before heading out to taste wine at San Benito County Wineries, give each winery a call to verify their hours.

Alicats Winery
Address: 10 Nash Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 636-7311
Open for wine tasting during special events only.
This Hollister winery specializes in Syrah, Dry Muscat, and Chardonnay.


Calera WineryCalera Winery
Address: 11300 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 637-9170
Open daily 11 – 5 PM
Calera Winery was established in 1975. They produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier. Their Late Harvest Viognier is excellent as well. The tasting room is located on the top of a mountain. You can picnic outside and enjoy panoramic views of the hills below.


Casa De Fruta
Address: 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister
Telephone: (800) 543-1702
Open weekends 8AM -7:30PM; weekdays 9AM -5PM
*Restaurant *Accommodations *Fruit Stand
Casa De Fruta is a popular stop for travelers driving the Pacheco Pass Highway. There’s an RV park, motel, and restaurant. Kids love the carousel and train ride. Many non-wine drinkers enjoy their fruit wines.


DeRose Vineyard, HollisterDeRose Vineyard
Address: 9970 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 636-9143
Open Weekends 11 – 4 PM
This family owned San Benito County winery was established in 1988. Some of the oldest vines in the state are located on this property. The winery sits directly above the San Andreas Fault. It is one of the few wineries to have a major fault line dissecting its main building. More than 25 antique cars are on display in the old fermentation room. DeRose produces award winning Zinfandel, Negrette, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier. As you visit San Benito County Wineries, be sure to stop at DeRose.


Enz WineryEnz Winery
Address: 1781 Limekiln Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 637-6443
Open weekends 1 – 4 PM
Enz Winery was founded in 1972 on a 1,500 acre ranch. Some of the vines were first planted in 1895. Sample wines and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the lush vineyards. Wines include Zinfandel, St. George, and Mourvedre. They have a wine called Wild Zin. This is similar to White Zinfandel but dryer and heartier.


Flint Wine Cellars, San Benito County WineryFlint Wine Cellars
Address: 13160 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 636-8986
Open by appointment only
This is a family owned winery that specializes in Vin Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Zinfandel.


Guerra Cellars
Address: 500 John Smith Rd., Hollister
Telephone: (831) 902-9106
Open weekends July through September.


Leal Winery
Address: 300 Maranatha Dr., Hollister, CA
Telephone: (831) 636-1023
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
This winery produces Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.


Pessagno WineryPessagno Winery
Address: 1645 River Rd., Salinas, CA 93908
Telephone: (831) 675-9463
Open Fridays – Sundays 11 – 5 PM
Pessagno Winery is owned by Stephen Passagno. This winery specializes in limited productions of single vineyard premium wines. Grapes are from Monterey and San Benito counties. Stop by and enjoy their wonderful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Pietra Santa Winery
Address: 10034 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 636-1991
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
This San Benito County winery has a spectacular setting in the beautiful Cienega Valley. Pietra Santa means “Sacred Stone”. The winery was named this due to the unique granite and limestone soils found on the estate. Sample fine wines and olive oils from Pietra Santa Winery. Wine is produced under three labels. The entry level red blend called Sacred Stone. Pietra Santa is the flagship label. The limited production wines carry the Vache label.


Summerayne VineyardSummerayne Vineyard
Address: 1781 Limekiln Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
Telephone: (831) 902-5638
Open weekends 1 – 4 PM You may sample Summerayne wines at this address, which is the tasting room for Enz Winery as well. Enjoy a picnic in their beautiful setting.


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