Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery

24250 Loma Prieta
Los Gatos, CA 95030


Open: Year-round

Wrights Station Vineyard sits at 1,800 feet along the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, above the fog, but still tightly connected to the maritime influences of the Pacific, just over 10 miles away.  The vineyard faces northeast, advantageous in avoiding most of the direct sunlight in the afternoon heat, and slopes fairly steeply down towards the genesis of the Los Gatos Creek below. 

The soils are composed of a complex mix of sand, clay, and slate, undoubtedly influenced by the shifting earth caused by the San Andreas Fault, which is (almost literally) a stone's throw away.Originally planted in 1981, the vineyard's Chardonnay is some of the oldest in the region.  Planted to AXR rootstock that has survived any threat of phylloxera, the Wente Clone 4 scions typically produce a beautiful crop of large clusters.  In its mountain climate, the fruit's natural acidity is retained, and flavors of citrus, apple, and pear are the backbones, with hints of tropical fruits rounding out the experience. These vines are non-irrigated, intensifying the flavors of the berry.

Where once a horse jumping and riding arena stood that doubled as a staging area for fire trucks during the Lexington Fire of 1985 Pinot Noir was planted in 2000 and 2001. Clones 667 and 777 predominate, with a selection of Pommard completing the roster.  New plantings are on 101-14 rootstock with the remainder being grafted onto aged Chardonnay rootstock.  Fruit flavors are typically bold cherries and dark berries and the subsequent wines produced rich and rewarding.

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