in 1974 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard is one of the oldest continuously operated
vineyards in California, originally established in 1863 as the Jarvis Brothers'
The proprietor, Ken Burnap, started the winery in 1974, setting out to make the
finest Pinot Noir possible in California. Ken had done years of research into
what conditions were necessary to produce good Pinot Noir and the site of this
historic Jarvis Vineyard met all those criteria.
Ken hired Jeff Emery in 1979 to pull weeds and help in the cellar. Jeff was a
student at UCSC then and just looking for part time work. By the time he graduated
(in geology) he was hopelessly seduced by the joys of growing grapes and making
wine and is now, all these many years, General Manager and, with Ken consulting,
This winery emphasizes working with Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation fruit as
much as possible, believing that the region can produce wines of superior quality
and longevity. Production is about 2500 cases per year consisting of Pinot Noir
(from our Estate vineyard), Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Duriff
The style of wines at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard is one of high extract with
strong varietal character and good acid/ fruit balance for many years of aging.
Because the wines are of a richer style, the release dates of the new wines are
later than is the practice at most wineries. The Pinot Noir is released four years
after harvest and the Cabernet Sauvignon is held until five years from
The underlying philosophy at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard is quality without compromise
of time, effort or expense, in order to maximize the potential inherent in the
grapes from this region.
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard / 2300 Jarvis Road / Santa Cruz, CA 95065 / 831-426-6209