Special WILDFire Update

The CZU and SCU Lightning Complex Fires have devastated our community and damaged our vineyard property, but we are producing our 2020 vintage with our heads held high and spirits hopeful.

We are currently hard at work on restoration efforts so that our winery and estate tasting room can reopen as soon as possible.

For the moment, we are offering virtual tastings with our winemakers. We are also able to process online sales and deliveries.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. Click the link to learn more and find out how you can help our community to recover.

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The Big Basin Vineyards Story

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Wines

Inspired by Nature

We believe that each minimal-intervention bottling should emphatically and clearly express the characteristics of each vintage, vineyard and varietal.

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2018 Brokentop Ranch Viognier

2018 Brokentop Ranch Viognier

Estate grown Viognier from an ocean-view ridge top near Happy Valley. Floral and mineral driven with a distinctly old world feel. 30 cases produced.

Sold Out: Club Member Release Exclusive. Join our wine club to get priority access to the next release.

2018 Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

A meticulously farmed hillside vineyard planted in Corralitos, just a few miles from the Monterey Bay.170 cases produced. 92 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

750ml $60
1500ml $129
2016 Grizzly Grenache

2016 Grizzly Grenache

100% Grenache from our Certified Organic Estate Vineyard. 160 cases produced.

750ml $55
1500ml $110

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Our Wine Club members enjoy special events, priority allocations, and exclusive access to our limited-edition releases. Regardless of Club level, members receive price discounts, complimentary tastings at our Tasting Room, and more benefits.

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Musings

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The Evolution of the Winemaker’s Palate and the Estate Vineyard’s Palette

The story of the Estate vineyard began in 1998 when I first discovered this property that would be Big Basin Vineyards. My passion for Syrah and feeling that it would be ideally suited to these steep hillsides of the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains compelled me to make it our starting point. With help from Rhone Ranger John Alban as our viticultural consultant, I began the process of discovery to begin creating the palette of varietals (colors) that would form the basis of our Estate wines.

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Why We Do What We Do

Big Basin Vineyards all started with an unbridled passion for wine which led to a desire to grow fine wine grapes. But really before that, I have always felt a deep connection with nature – a semester living outdoors on NOLs (National Outdoor Leadership School), moving into the Santa Cruz Mountains, climbing outdoors in many beautiful places, and hiking and backpacking all over – were all in pursuit of this connection. It was this passion for the natural world that led me to start with planting a vineyard.

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The Magic of Whole Cluster Fermentations

Learning the art of winemaking has been one of the more fulfilling adventures I have undertaken in this life. And my exploration of the use of whole clusters in fermentations has been one of the more compelling parts of this grand adventure. I was originally coached in the use of 100% whole berry fermentations (destemmed, but with intact berries), and so my adventure humbly began there

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