Guide to The Mountain Winery

Karen Frazier
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Located in Saratoga, California, The Mountain Winery produces Burgundy style wines, offers wine tastings, and hosts a number of events throughout the year. Visitors to the Mountain Winery can enjoy more than wine as they explore the estate founded and formerly operated by wine industry giant Paul Masson.

The Mountain Winery Wines

Winemaker Jeffrey Patterson took ownership and began making wines at The Mountain Winery in 2000. The Winery has 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir planted and 2.5 acres of Chardonnay. With these grapes, the winery produces two Burgundy-style wines. You can purchase the wines in The Mountain Winery's online wine shop.

Estate Pinot Noir

The Estate Pinot Noir is a 100% Pinot Noir estate wine. The wine is aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. With flavors of black cherry and spice, it's lightly oaked and a food-friendly, highly finessed wine. Release prices is around $100.

Estate Chardonnay

The Estate Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. It's aged 10 months in 50% new French oak. Expect notes of citrus with lovely floral aromas. Release price for this wine is about $90. Well-received by critics, Wine Enthusiast awarded the 2012 vintage of this Chardonnay a stellar 93 point rating.

Wine Tasting at The Mountain Winery

The Mountain Winery is open for tastings several days a week. Visitors can taste wines Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 PM in the tasting room. Tastings cost $25 per person and include a logo glass to take home.

Event Rentals

The winery is available for private event rentals including weddings and corporate events. The winery has 10 indoor and outdoor event spaces with available on site parking, bride and groom suites, lighting and sound, and customized menu planning/catering. Fill out an online form to apply to reserve for a private event.

The Mountain Winery Concert Series

If you love music, then The Mountain Winery is the place to be. Every year, the winery hosts a number of concerts with musicians such as UB40, Death Cab for Cutie, or comedy acts such as Steve Martin and Trevor Noah. Events run May through October, and you can visit the winery's calendar page for more information about events. You can also reserve VIP seating and box seating.

Dining Before Events

A three-course dinner prior to shows and events is available at The Mountain Winery's restaurant, Chateau La Cresta. The foods are prepared to pair with the wines from the winery, and the restaurant is available only before the show. The menu is a $79 prix fixe menu with gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and nut-free options. You can also reserve a table on the winery deck before events, where you'll be served a fried chicken meal or some smaller shared plates. Concessions are also available on site during events. Reserve online when you reserve event tickets or by calling (408) 340-6815. The restaurant and concessions open two hours before the event. Outside food and beverages are not permitted in events.

Loyalty Club

Guests purchasing tickets to four or more shows during the year are automatically enrolled in The Mountain Winery Loyalty Club. Club members qualify for discounts on tickets, free tickets, seat upgrades, and presales to the next season's concert series. There is no cost to join, and all you need to do to sign up is to purchase tickets for at least four concerts in a single season.

A Winery and Event Venu

The Mountain Winery makes wine, but it's more well-known as an event venue where you can enjoy a great show while dining on some delicious food. With plenty of event spaces, a tasting room, and some delicious wines, it's a great place to visit.

Guide to The Mountain Winery