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The Big Basin Vineyards Story

Coastview Pinot Noir clusters

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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2021 Rose

2021 Rose

49% Grenache, 26% Carignan, 17% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre

750ml $27
2019 Homestead Block Roussanne

2019 Homestead Block Roussanne

Our single acre of Certified Organic Estate Roussanne is unique in the Santa Cruz Mountains and produces of wine of exceptional finesse, floral aromatics and body.

750ml $48
1500ml $109
2019 Ferrari Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 Ferrari Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

A dry farmed vineyard that is thought to be one of the oldest in the Santa Cruz Mountains at over 40 years old. It is located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains near Corralitos just miles from the cooling influence of Monterey Bay.

750ml $65

Wine Club

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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

Growth From Ashes

April 2021 This has probably been one of the harder pieces I have had to write. With the wild fires coming on top of the pandemic, survival has taken on an entirely new meaning that permeates our daily existence. That said, we made it through the fires without anyone getting hurt, so we count ourselves […]

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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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roses and certified organic sign

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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