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Experience the best in hidden gems of California wine country. LimoScene Wine Tours are unique and will interest the wine connoisseur like it does for a first-time toaster.
Tours are available to many locations, including wineries in San Benito or travel to wineries in Los Gatos, Monterey & Carmel, or to Napa and Sonoma.
If you have your own wineries in mind, let us know we can put a limo service package together for your group at a very good limo rate. We have a Limo “Party” bus available that seats 14 people and a limousine that seats 9 people. See the fleet of vehicles available here.
Who knew wine country in San Benito County?
San Benito ranges from Region I to Region III. The San Juan Valley is like Carneros, Hollister like Yountville and Paicines like Calistoga.
The county is ringed and crisscrossed by mountains including the Gabilán range. These ranges channel cold air from the cold Pacific Ocean only 20 or 30 miles away.
Hollister is measurably cooler than St. Helena in daytime highs and nighttime lows. That means that the area vineyards can successfully grow a wide variety of grapes, from cool-climate pinot noir and gewürztraminer to zinfandel and sangiovese.
San Benito County contains about 3,000 acres of vineyards and a handful of wineries.
Some San Benito wineries that deserve close attention, Calera and Pietra Santa, Casa De Fruita, Guerra Family Cellars, along side Leal Vinyard.
The best-known San Benito winery among connoisseurs is Calera Wine Company, which has gained acclaim for its pinot noirs and chardonnays grown in limestone soil high on Mt. Harlan. It was established in 1975, Calera’s wines continue to rate among some of California’s best Burgundian varieties, although they’re not easy to find. They also offer a very good dessert Voignier. Their tasting room is located on top of a mountain where wine tasters can picnic outside and enjoy panoramic views of the landscape and hills below.
Near the Calera winery is Pietra Santa, which lies in its own private valley with only one entrance. Its vineyards were once part of the Almadén empire. They offer a spectacular setting in the beautiful Cienega Valley. Pietra Santa means, “sacred stone” and is so named that because of the unique granite and limestone soils found on the estate. There is 16 fine wines and 3 organic virgin olive oils produced here. The wine is under three labels: the entry level wine is called “Sacred Stone;” the flagship label is known as “Pietra Santa;” and the limited production signature wines are on the “Vache” label.
Casa De Fruta winery has been growning since first vineyards and orchards were planted in 1908. The Zanger family, in its third generation, welcome everyone to enjoy varietal and gourmet fruit wines. The unique fruit wines include raspberry, blackberry, apricot, plum and pomegranate. Varietal wines include Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Merlot. They also produce champagne.
Guerra Family Cellars tasting rooms are open from May 1 to November 1st. Their Petite Sirah is medal winning and best in class. Their Voignier varieties are aged in oak. Vines were planted in 2006 yielding their first harvest in the fall of 2008. The virgin soil has encouraged vigorous growth and sumptuous grape clusters. What is nce about this winery is its events and concerts on the green during summer months.
Leal Vineyards specializes in Rhône varieties. It is the creation of owner Frank Leal. He is a self-taught wine maker. Although limited, they create exceptional vintages. They are also hosts to concerts and weddings.