Los Gatos, CA  :  (408) 234-2079


High Elevation Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir & Syrah

From Our Vineyard In The Sky

Muns Vineyard brushes the sky on the Loma Prieta ridge top above Monterey Bay at 2600 feet.  This is the highest Pinot Noir vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a prime growing region for this luscious winegrape. 

We enjoy the coastal climate of the mountains, with fog lapping at our feet in the summer. The cool coastal breeze that blows off the fog and sunlight are perfect for growing premium Pinot Noir.  Moderate days and cool nights, along with diligent personal attention in our 13-acre owner-operated vineyard, produces fruit with rich and complex flavors.  We have blended Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 to provide a complex and well-balanced wine.

Minimal intervention in the winery allows our unique terroir to shine. Barrel aging in 30% new oak for about 16 months adds soft tannins that accentuate, but not dominate, the beautiful fruit in this special wine. The wine drinks well now and is a delicious complement with food, and will bottle-age for years to come. Enjoy ‘heaven-in-a-bottle’ from our ridge top vineyard above the bay! 

See more below about:

Vineyard Tasting Dates and More Wine Events

Vineside Pickup & Free Local Delivery

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Spring, 2023 – And a New Vintage Begins!

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We have budbreak! And the 2023 vintage is off to a start! Finally.
Budbreak started the week of April 24, about six weeks behind our historical average of mid-March. Cold wet Springs, including last year’s in 2022, tend to delay budbreak. This year, though, is the latest we’ve experienced by far. Continued cold nights (down into the low 30s) into mid-April kept the soil too cold for vine action and prolonged dormancy. It was a long winter! We saw the first leaf (one leaf!) on April 23. Then, by five days later, with the sunshine and warmer temps, the vines leafed out into full budbreak with 1-2″ shoots everywhere. They have been growing by 3/4″ each day! The delayed budbreak has helped to protect the vines from frost, and increased the probability of perfect fruit set. Now we just have to get through the first couple of weeks of May without frost. By bloom, which should be about early June, the vines should have caught up and be on track for normal development and harvest.

We had 75″ of rain since September, making this last winter one of our wettest. Plus we had 8-10″ of snow on Feb. 24 and were snowbound for several days! That storm came in with high, roaring winds during the night but we woke to a hushed world with the fallen snow.  We usually get some snow during the winter, but this was more than we can remember in a long time. We also had a lot of tree damage, with branches breaking under the weight of the snow and trees blown down with repeated high winds during the winter. It was a wild winter! And then there was the constant power outtages. After all this we are really enjoying Springtime!.

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Upcoming Events:  Springtime Vineyard Tastings

Yeah!  After a long, wet and stormy winter we have sunshine and warming weather – and vineyard tastings are back!  Enjoy a beautiful Spring day in the vineyard:

~  Sunday, June 4 

~ Sunday, June 11 

~ Saturday, June 17   (12:30-2:30 and 1:00-3:00 seatings only)

Come up and join us for a tasting outdoors on our deck with its panoramic views overlooking the mountains, Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay. Take the opportunity to bring some of our estate wines home to enjoy!   

Please make a reservation with your choice of seating times:  11:30-1:30, 12:00-2:00, 12:30-2:30 or 1:00-3:00. 

Email Mary at Mary@munsvineyard.com or call 408-234-2079.  For details see the Vineyard Tastings page here

Please note:  Tastings are outdoors and are dependent on conducive weather. Tastings may need to be rescheduled in the event of rain, heavy fog, cold temperatures or other circumstances that inhibit wine tasting outdoors.  We want you to enjoy your visit!


More Events Where You Can Find Us:

June 3:  Date Night in Los Gatos at Campo di Bocce
Sample food from local restaurants and wineries, including Muns Vineyard.
Presented by the Los Gatos Lions Club, proceeds fund mental health initiatives in Los Gatos schools. 7-10pm. Tickets $100. This event sells out. More info and tickets here
June 25: SIP for Second Harvest at Seascape Golf Club, Aptos   
Save the date. Tickets will be available here.
Every Wednesday Evening June 21 Through August: Jazz on the Plazz, Los Gatos
6:30-8:30pm in the Los Gatos Town Plaza. Concerts are free, but you can get a VIP ticket and find us in the VIP Lounge under the redwoods. See the performance lineup for the summer and more info here..  Musicians include David Benoit, Claudia Vilella, Etienne Charles, Ren Geisick, and more.

July 14: Taste of Terroir Dinner: Midsummer Night’s Dinner 
Join Ed and Mary at this Taste of Terroir Dinner on July 14 at Silver Mountain Vineyards: A farm to table dinner showcasing the vineyards nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with the cuisine of chef Ross Hanson of Oak & Rye in Los Gatos. Start with a tasting reception followed by dinner featuring seasonal fare alongide notable Santa Cruz Mountains wines. Tickets are $175 plus tax. Event time: 5-9:30pm. Buy your tickets here.

.See our Events page for more events and information.

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Enjoy Muns Vineyard Wines at Home

Vineside Pickup: Pick up Your Advance Order at the Vineyard Saturdays, by Appointment or Free Local Delivery. We also ship.

If you are not able to come to one of our scheduled vineyard tastings you can pick up an order vineside, and we also offer free local delivery. 

For Vineside Pickup at the vineyard: Saturdays between 11-3pm: Pick up is for advance orders only so we can fill your order before your arrival. 

Free local delivery: We will deliver to your home at no charge with a min. $125 order throughout Santa Cruz to Watsonville, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and San Jose to Palo Alto. If you live just beyond this area please inquire about delivery. 

We also ship.

To Order: See our Order page here. Or call Mary at 408-234-2079.

15% off on 6-11 bottles

25% off on a case

30% off on 3 cases

And you can mix your selection and order whatever you would like.


Wine Club discounts: 20% on 3 bottles, 25% on 6 bottles, 30% on a case

Pricing before discounts:  Pinot Noirs $44/bottle; Syrah $34/bottle, 2010 Sparkling Rose’ of Pinot Noir $54/bottle.

For a list of our wines, see the Wines page here. To order, see our Order page here.  For even better discounts, see our Wine Club page here. Or call Mary at 408-234-2079.

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Harvest 2022

  • Pink dawn over Santa Cruz, harvest day on the Big Hill.

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Our first day of harvest was Aug. 30 and we picked over two days for several of our winery clients. Everything was ideal, it had been a perfect growing season so far. The berries and clusters were big, beautiful, juicy and delicious. And then we all were hit with that week of 100+ degree weather! That was difficult enough as it was, but grueling to harvest in. Even starting at 4am and ending by noon it still was hot to be out there. We picked on two days during that brutal heat, and then two days the following week when it was so cold in the morning we had to wear a jacket. What a difference from one week to the next!  

The good news is that the Pinot remarkably made it through that heat wave, due primarily to irrigation and canopy management. Because of the sunlight at our elevation we do not strip the leaves away from the fruit zone, but instead allow the leaves of the canopy to shade the fruit. In this and prior heat spells this has proved to save the crop, along with diligent irrigation during ripening. We didn’t get away completely without some dehydration, which you can expect in that prolonged heat, but despite it we harvested some beautiful Pinot.  

We finished harvest with the Syrah on Sept. 16. We usually harvest the Syrah a week or two after the Pinot, so this was earlier than usual, but the heat precipitated ripening. 

2017 also  saw a prolonged heat spell just as harvest started (although the preceding winter we were deluged with 85″ of rain, which we haven’t seen in the past couple of years). Our just-released 2017 is fantastic! and  the 2022 promises to be, too!


See more on our Vineyard page here

See our YouTube Channel here for what’s happening in the vineyard – it’s like you are there! Get up close and personal with the crawler and flail mower here .

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                              See Muns Vineyard videos on YouTube here:   Harvest, Netting, Pruning, Aerial drone view, Mowing, more  .

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Contact us:   info@munsvineyard.com / phone: 408-234-2079

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