Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

A Northern California Wine Country Underdog Is Working Its Way Back Into The Spotlight

Alfaro Family Vineyards Is Heating Up Corralitos
   by Thomas Smith

Daytripping through the wineries of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains
  by Nicole Ruiz Hudson
      2016 Alfaro "Rosella's Vineyard" Chardonnay

Good Times Magazine
  Alfaro Family Heirloom Clones Pinot Noir, see page 50

Los Gatos Magazine
    Stars Of The Santa Cruz Mountains   see page 44

The SOMM Journal    First There Was A Mountain     Top 5 Scenic Drives in Santa Cruz County
     2015 Alfaro "Trout Gulch" Pinot Noir     2016 Alfaro Rose' of Pinot Noir

From Grape To Glass
 YouTube video, Visit Santa Cruz County,

A Sparkling Pinot Noir   by Josie Cowden Good Times Magazine

Good Times Magazine
 reader poll votes Alfaro Family Vineyards "Best Winery 2016" for the fourth year!

Three Great Wine Tasting Spots-- and Lunch!  by Mary Orlin, San Jose Mercury News   

Register-Pajaronian newspaper - Best Local Winery 2016
     "Wine of the Day" - Alfaro Family Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

Richard Alfaro's Exotic Expansion
  by Christina Waters, Good Times Magazine

Little Pocket of Paradise by Laura Ness, VINO Magazine

California Wine Of The Week  by Stacey Vreeken, Monterey Herald and Santa Cruz Sentinel

Good Times Magazine
 reader poll votes Alfaro Family Vineyards "Best Winery 2014" for the third year in a row!

Organic Farming - A Santa Cruz Mainstay  by Maria Gaura, San Francisco Chronicle

Top 100 Wines of 2013
by Jon Bonne', San Francisco Chronicle - see page 7 - Pinot Noir

Crushing on Corralitos by Deborah Luhrman, Edible Monterey Bay Magazine

Chardonnay In Balance by Mary Orlin, Huff Post

Pinot Noir Keeps Its Cool In Santa Cruz
by Jon Bonne', San Francisco Chronicle

Sommelier Journal by David Furer

Sipping Sustainably  by Justine DaCosta, Ag Almanac Santa Cruz Sentinel

Pinot Paydirt In The Santa Cruz Mountains by Stephen Eliot, Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wines    "Wine of the Day" - Alfaro "Lindsay Paige Vineyard" Estate Chardonnay
    "Wine of the Day" - Alfaro "La Playita Vineyard" Estate Gruner Veltliner

Good Times Magazine  reader's poll votes Alfaro Family Vineyards "Best Winery 2013" for the second year in a row!

American Wine Society Wine Journal
names 2010 Alfaro "A" Estate Pinot Noir one of

"21 Wines To Watch"    Spring 2013
, page 18

Mary Kay Alfaro, Certified Sommelier   by June Smith

Cruzin' The Pinot Trail: Pinot Paradise in the Santa Cruz Mountains  by Rusty Gaffney

Travel Channel's Baggage Battles TV show: air date January 23, 2013 featuring Richard Alfaro as a guest appraiser of rare wine.  Shot on location at the winery.  15 minutes of fame!

Top 100 Wines of 2012
by Jon Bonne', San Francisco Chronicle

Alfaro Ranks in 2012 Top 100 Wines by June Smith,

Local Wines Score High on 'Chronicle' List by Christina Waters, Santa Cruz Weekly

Traipsing the Corralitos Wine Trail by Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News

The People's Republic of Alfaro by R.H. Drexel, Loam Baby Magazine

Ten Local Wines To Try This Season  by Josie Cowden, Goodtimes Magazine

Planning a Local Sip Trip  by Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Sommelier Journal Harvest Report by Randy Caparoso

Alfaro Makes Wines Fun, Fruity or Serious
  by Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Good Times Magazine Readers' Poll votes Alfaro Family Vineyards "Best Local Winery 2012"

Santa Cruz Pinot Noir: The Chronicle Recommends  by Jon Bonne', San Francisco Chronicle

Just Outside Santa Cruz, a Quiet Vineyard Revival  by Jon Bonne', San Francisco Chronicle

The Corralitos Wine Trail
 by Josh Sens.  AAA's Via Magazine tells that "a secret trail through the Santa Cruz Mountains winds past four family-owned wineries".

Alfaro Family Vineyards by Jeff Kordik

Behind The Bar by Jeff Kordik

The Crush by Jeff Kordik

Cruzin' The Santa Cruz Mountains by Rusty Gaffney. The "Prince of Pinot" takes a whirlwind tour of our appellation - and pays our tasting room a visit!

Winemakers in the Kitchen
 by Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Winemaker Richard is also known locally as an excellent chef; in this article he shares his Corralitos Beef Bourguignon recipe - a crowd pleaser!

Sample a Taste of Corralitos on the Wine Trail by Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Richard & Mary Kay Alfaro discuss the Corralitos area and the importance of "hammock time".

Pinot Paradise
 by Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile.  Excellent article outlining this event, which isolated the various sub-regions of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Almost half of the outstanding wines reviewed came from the Corralitos/Pleasant Valley sub-region - ours included!

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery is now on the cutting edge; our newly planted Gruner Veltliner vineyard - one of only a handful in California to feature this popular Austrian grape varietal - has attracted media attention.  Read all about it in The Launch of the Veltliner by Christina Waters, Metro Santa Cruz magazine.

High Country Syrah by David Darlington, Wine & Spirits Magazine.
No on-line version, but contact to get your back-issue.  This article, featured in their issue titled "Year's Best Syrah - 94 Greats from Around The World" showcased our 2005 Estate Syrah - it bowled over the writer, who called it "rich, meaty, smoky and stony, a mouthful of fruit with a mineral murmur."

Magic In The Wines From Corralitos  by Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile.
The "Prince of Pinot" wrote an in-depth article about our special spot in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, and said "Richard has a wealth of information about Corralitos and a visit to this area would not be complete without meeting him and experiencing his passion and energy that he possesses for winegrowing."

One Wild Ride: Exploring Santa Cruz's Wine Country by Charlie Schroeder, 
Los Angeles Times.  Meet the winemakers - the ups and downs of an 8 hour tour around Santa Cruz's back country.

Fermenting Change by Steven Billings, MetroActive Magazine.
Can a new generation of growers and wineries put Southern Santa Cruz county on the map?

                                                                        Metro Santa Cruz cover photo

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

420 Hames Road

Corralitos, CA 95076


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