Los Gatos, CA  :  (408) 234-2079

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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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Autumn, 2023

We harvested over seven days spaced all through the month of October, a month later than usual. The 2023 vintage promises to be extraordinary following a cool year with extended hangtime. See more about this year’s harvest below. Last year we had 80+” of rain (that extended well into the Spring). The rainy season has just started so we will see what this year has in store.
The cover crop is already greening up from the rain we have already had. And last year we had 10″ of snow in February. We usually have some snow flurries every winter, but last winter we were snowbound. There is still maintenance in the vineyard: trellis and irrigation repair, road maintenance, brush clearance, storm clean-up, etc.
But mostly this is the time of year for a winter’s rest – for the vines and for us!
Happy Holidays!
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  • The vineyard dressed in Autumn Gold. The Monterey Peninsula on the horizon on the other side of Monterey Bay.

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Upcoming Events:   Vineyard Tastings, Winter 2024

Our first tasting of 2024:  

Sunday, January 28: We have a break in the rain and Sunday promises to be a sunny, warm day – a beautiful day to be outdoors in the vineyard. Come up to our ridge top vineyard 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, heat wave or other circumstances that inhibit wine tasting outdoors.  We want you to enjoy your visit!

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More Events Where You Can Find Us:

~ Jan. 20 – Tasting at VinoCruz Wine Bar & Restaurant in Soquel, 12-4:00.   $15 tasting fee or i

 

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.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 2023

  • Harvest 2023 starts at 5am.
The 2023 harvest started October 2, at least a full month later than usual due to delayed development throughout the year and the cool Fall (with no major heat waves, yeah!). The cool temps and longer hang-time have contributed to ripening and flavor development with no dehydration – perfect! The Pinot is beautiful and delicious. The 2023 vintage promises to be extraordinary. Harvest is continuing through October. Despite a couple of damp mornings we’ve not had significant rain and it looks like the weather should hold out for us through the month to finish bringing in all the grapes.
Looking back over the year:.
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Following a long, cold and wet Spring that delayed bloom by 4-6 weeks the summer sunshine and warming temps have lit a fuse under the vines! In the course of about 10 days from the end of June into the first week of July the vines grew 2-3′, bloom finished and the clusters set. Set is also late by about a month. The crew has tucked up the long canes. And there is a thick layer of straw mulch over the floor left from mowing the heavy growth of cover crop following this winter’s rains. The vineyard is looking beautiful!
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Unfortunately we did have some frost damage in the low swales early June (?), which is late for frost and another effect of the long cold Spring weather. Nevertheless, set is looking very good and the crop is looking plentiful with large, full clusters.    
This year is like 2019 when we also had a very cold and rainy winter (60″+ in 2019 compared to 80″ this year, and snow in Feb., like this year), a late budbreak, bloom starting mid-June into July and a late set. In 2019 we started harvest mid-late September and we harvested for our Muns Vineyard label Oct. 4 during a cool autumn, finishing up for our winery partners late Oct.  Every vintage is different, and brings its unique character to the wine in your glass. 
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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!

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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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