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Wonderful Gilroy Wineries Along Hecker Pass Highway
If you are looking for wineries in Gilroy, the secret is out. Gilroy, known for its garlic, partly due to the widely popular annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, has a treasure chest of wonderful wineries. And right along the Hecker Pass Hwy are some hidden gems that you may never heard of, or just driven by.
Hidden Gems of Gilroy
If you are interested in taking a short self-guided tour, or you’ll be passing through the area and want to visit some great wineries, check out these four wineries:
- Solis Winery
- Sarah’s Vineyard
- Fortino Winery
- Hecker Pass Winery
All of these wineries are within a mile of each other and wonderful for unique and different reasons. However, anything you may hope for is available amongst these four, delicious wines, family atmosphere, picturesque views, quaint or large tasting rooms. Everything is available, and at least one of the wineries is sure to steal your heart.
Take the Tour
The tour starts at Solis Winery and ends at Hecker Pass Winery which is right off the Hecker Pass highway near the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park.
Below is a short description and contact information on each of the wineries. We also included for your convenience a google map for you to save to your smartphone (the google map in conjunction with your smartphone will guide you to each location). Make sure you save the map to your phone.
Solis Winery is a gorgeous award winning winery, recently winning gold at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Double Gold at the 2014 New World International Wine Competition (Check here for most recent awards). Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the vineyard, through the glass wall that serves as a backdrop to the servers in the tasting room. Solis is known for well-made, delicious wine, friendly service and the gorgeous view that takes your wine tasting experience to another level.
3920 Hecker Pass Hwy. Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 408-847-6306 or 888-838-6427
Sarah’s Vineyard is literally a 5 minute walk across the street from Solis (so you won’t have to travel too far). Sarah’s vineyard has a wide and wonderful selection of wines and a knowledgeable and polite staff. The outdoors area is very elegant and a wonderful place to have a picnic. And if you make the trip on a Friday, checkout the Friday night music for a little extra fun.
Sarah’s Vineyard Contact:
4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 408 842-4278
Continue along the Hecker Pass Hwy and just down the road you’ll find Fortino Winery. Fortino Winery was Gilroy’s Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year. Fortino is a picturesque winery and after visiting, you may want get to get married there (don’t say we didn’t warn you. The tastings are great and the staff makes you feel welcomed in the large and comfortable tasting room.
4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020
Hecker Pass Winery
Your tour will end at Hecker Pass Winery, which is about a 2 minute walk (next door) from Fortino Winery. Hecker Pass is a gorgeous winery and another perfect place for a wedding. The wines are affordable and delicious, and if you like reds, Hecker pass has a wide variety of reds just for you. The tasting room is quaint and relaxed and the staff is educated and friendly.
Hecker Pass Winery Contact:
4605 Hecker Pass Rd Gilroy, CA 95020
Solis Winery recently won 3 awards at the prestigious 2017 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition. See PR below:
Solis Winery Raises a Glass to Celebrate Three Awards in 2017 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition
January 24, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): Solis Winery’s estate vineyard in Gilroy recently won three awards at the prestigious 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Solis Winery was awarded the Double Gold award for its 2013 Cara Mia Reserve, Gold for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, and Silver for the 2013 Zinfandel Estate.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the world. In 2017, judges sampled over 7,000 entries from wineries in 28 states across the U.S. Judges are selected throughout the major American wine regions to offer a diversity of backgrounds to each judging panel.
Vic Vanni, co-owner of Solis Winery, said, “Our Cara Mia Bordeaux blend has always been a fan favorite, so it’s very rewarding to get the judges’ approval as well with this Double Gold award. We are also proud to know that we can excel in the Cabernet Sauvignon category while competing against some of the top wineries in the country!”
Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle Wine, Beer and Spirits Editor, stated, “The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the definitive competition for American wines. To win a medal here – to stand out in a crowd of 7,000-plus submissions – is an enormous accomplishment for a winery, and can play a crucial role in establishing its reputation.”
Solis Winery’s award-winning wines are available locally. Guests are encouraged to sample them by visiting the winery’s tasting room, located at 3920 Hecker Pass in Gilroy. To learn more, visit www.soliswinery.com.
About Solis Winery
Solis Winery lies in the heart of Santa Clara Valley’s rich wine-growing region. Originally planted by Italian immigrants in the 1920s, the vineyard changed hands in 1980 when the Vanni family purchased the land. Since then, the Vannis have continued to marry tradition with modern technology and art with innovation to produce award-winning wines. For more information, visit www.soliswinery.com.
This year’s Super Barrel Tasting Day in Santa Clara Valley is February 6, 2016. Barrel tastings can be great fun, and of course this year the valley has a little extra excitement buzzing in the air due to Super Bowl 50.
The 2016 Super Bowl will be held on February 7th at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is home to the San Francisco 49ers. So whether you are a Santa Clara native or visiting for the “Big Game” here are a few tips to have a great barrel tasting day and we hope to see you in Gilroy at Solis Winery!
If you are not familiar with “barrel tastings,” wineries open the tasting rooms and pour wines straight from the barrel – long before they are bottled. It’s a unique experience and we want to help you get the most out of this year’s super barrel tasting.
Every year the California State Fair showcases the best of best in the most populous state in the US, California. The fair is home to musical performances, special events, rides, exhibits and of course some of the most interesting snacks California has to offer. This year there were record breaking numbers for attendance, over 3000 exhibits and a great turnout for all of the competitions.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the nation’s best-known and best-loved food festivals, and it’s coming up July 24 to 26th. Visitors flock to Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park each summer to watch cooking demonstrations and competitions, shop for food and craft items, and eat garlicky delights of every kind. Can’t-miss spots include the wine tasting pavilion and the free garlic ice cream booth.