Thomas Fogarty Winery a Reason to Head to Santa Cruz Mountains

Thomas Fogarty Winery is also located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the town of Woodside. The winery was the creation of Dr. Thomas Fogarty, a doctor at Stanford Hospital. He moved to the area in 1969 and acquired 300 acres of land over the next decade. With the help of Michael Martella, a local grape grower, Dr. Fogarty opened the winery in 1979. Today, his son, Thomas Fogarty, Jr. is the managing principal of the venue.

The winery is comprised of 360 acres of land, 330 of which are an open space preserve. The growing process combines tenets from biodynamic, organic, and sustainable farming practices, which results in soil that produces healthy, balanced grape vines. The winery maintains good soil on their seven vineyards with practices like cover-crop cultivations.

Anne Kihagi recommends the Thomas Fogarty Winery if you want to visit without a reservation. The winery has a tasting room that is first-come, first-serve. It is open on Mondays from 12:00-4:00 PM and Wednesday-Sunday from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. You can choose from three flights, all of which offer five wine samples. Pricing is $14, $19, and $25. The tasting room features an outdoor patio and allows you to bring your own food if seated there.

The winery also offers an hour-long walking tour of five of the estate’s vineyards. You will get to sample five wines at the conclusion of the tour. Tours are $60 per person and are available at 11:00 AM on select weekends. You can also book a weekday tour.

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