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Santa Clara Valley just opened its new Wine Trail
Santa Clara Valley just opened its new Wine Trail
Julia Hollister

Santa Clara Valley opened its Wine Trail recently and invited the world grab a glass and enjoy its 28 miles of wine.

“These new signage is raising awareness that agri-tourism is alive and well here,” said Don Gage, mayor of the city of Gilroy. “We want everyone to know that not only are we the garlic capital of the world, we also produce award winning wines.”

Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Santa Clara Wine Trail Route. It will feature 70-plus directional signs that will guide visitors to South County wineries.

The new wine trail signs guide visitors in a circle through South Santa Clara County, along Watsonville Road, Heck Pass highway and the east sides of Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill. The eye-catching trail signs will help drivers stay on course in the rural areas where GPS may not be a reliable. There are more than 20 Santa Clara Valley wines located along this route with additional more remote wineries off the main trail.

These include Aver Family Vineyards, Casa De Fruta Winery, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Creekview Vineyards, Fortino Winery, Guglielmo Winery, Hecker Pass Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Kirigin Cellars, Lightheart Cellars, Martin Ranch Winery, Miramar Vineyards, Morgan Hill Cellars, Rapazzini Winery, Ross Vineyard and Winery, Sarah’s Vineyard, Satori Cellars, Solis Winery, Sunlit Oaks Winery, Sycamore Creek Vineyards and Thomas Kruse Winery.

“I am thrilled by the visibility and acknowledgement the South County region is receiving by besing designated as an official Wine Trail,” said Morgan Hill Vice Mayor Marilyn Librers. “We are proud of the rich heritage and look forward to welcoming many wine enthusiasts.”