Just south of San Francisco along a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast is the city of Half Moon Bay. Visitors driving along Highway 92 in route to Half Moon Bay will find windy roads and plenty of local agriculture ripe for the picking. Nestled between the various fruit and vegetable stands, just outside of town, lies La Nebbia Winery.
The history of the winery goes back to 1934 with winemaker John Gemello in the Santa Clarita Valley but it was relocated to Half Moon Bay in the late 1970s. The Nebbia label is produced by vintner Kendyl Kellogg and offers an array of whites, reds, dessert and port wines.
The tasting room provides generous counter space, various wine related gifts and foods including an award-winning garlic mustard produced at the winery. The surrounding grounds include a picnic area and two bocce ball courts. Those interested in a match can borrow a set from the winery at no cost to the taster.
Also located on site is the Half Moon Bay Art Glass (formerly Colquhoun Glass Works). They offer hands on glass sculpting classes to those who make a reservation in advance. There are also samples of the sculptures available for sale. Those interested in taking a class can make a reservation here.
The tasting room is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. A recent tasting included the following wines for $10 and included the logo glass. Port tasting is additional $2 and is served in a chocolate cup.
- 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
- 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
- California Sparkling Wine
- 2005 Sangiovese, Napa Valley
- 2007 Pinot Noir, Clarksburg
- 2007 Zinfandel, Lodi
- 2006 Syrah, Monterey
- 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
- 2009 Orange Muscat
- 2009 Black Muscat
- 2002 Port, Amador County
The tasting is on the larger side for the price and offers all the current wines available at the winery. With the variety of wines offered most should find something to their liking.
The server was extremely friendly and topped off the whole visit. When the room began to fill up she made space for everyone and maintained her great attitude throughout. She was the kind of server who makes you want to keep coming back.
One of the additional benefits of the winery is the bottle and cork day presented several times throughout the year. During the event you can bring your empty clean bottles and they will fill them for you to take home. The next bottle and cork day is scheduled for June 7 and will showcase one of the red wines. The prices are as follows and includelabels and corks or you can bring your own custom labels to use at your next event.
- $5.50 per 750ml bottle
- $10.50 per 1.5L bottle
- $20.00 per 3L bottle
- $22.00 per 4L bottle
- Bulk gallons $22.00
There are also bottles for sale during the event; an additional $1.50 for 750ml or $5 for 1.5L. If you can’t make it the day of the bottling you can always drop off some empties prior to the date and they will fill them for you or call in an order. The only catch is the wine must be picked up within two weeks of the event.
La Nebbia has a Facebook page that details discounts and announcements on special events and deals at the winery. It is definitely worth a follow and be sure to check it out prior to your visit.
There is no reason you shouldn’t visit La Nebbia Winery if you are in the area. They go out of their way to make sure your visit is delicious, entertaining and worth the price of admission. Have a dog? Well they allow those too. They just keep getting better and better.