Local Wines from Santa Clara Valley Morgan Hill & Gilroy
The Santa Clara Valley was California’s first premium wine production region. Native Americans named it “the Valley of the Heart’s Delight.” French and Italian immigrants who settled here during the Gold Rush era recognized the rich soils and Mediterranean climate as the perfect “New World” home for their European grape varietals.
The history of winemaking and viticulture in the Santa Clara Valley goes back to the 18th Century. From the discovery of native “Vitis Californica” grapes growing wild and the first plantings of Mission grapes at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, through boom years and depression, phylloxera and prohibition, the region has some of the richest tradition of anywhere in the country.
Today, the Santa Clara Valley is home to many premier wineries. We hope you enjoy some of our favorites.