New Tasting Tradition Begins at Vine Hill Winery - Now Open 3rd Weekend of Each Month

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Historic Vine Hill Winery, producer of award-winning Cumbre, Vine Hill and Gatos Locos wines, has announced that beginning in March, 2010, that the winery and tasting room will be open to the public and wine club members on the third weekend of each month for a "Taste of Vine Hill." Inaugural tasting days in March will be held on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st, from noon to 5pm both days.

Beginning Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st, the "Taste of Vine Hill" wine tasting experience at Vine Hill Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, will pair award-winning Gatos Locos, Vine Hill and Cumbre wines with expansive and breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and the surrounding vineyards and mountains on the third weekend of each month. Visitors will enjoy a selection of wines for tasting in the inviting tasting room that is located in the winery, and during the warmer days throughout the seasons, can picnic at the look-out garden area above. And, not coincidentally, the new third weekend tasting room schedule at Vine Hill also coincides four times a year with the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Saturday tasting days in January, April, July and November. Vine Hill Winery is located just off of Highway 17 along the "Summit Wine Trail" at an elevation of 1000 feet above Santa Cruz, California.

Can’t visit Vine Hill this month? The entire collection of Vine Hill wines currently in release are available online for purchase 24/7 at the secure Vine Hill Winery wineshop at http://www.vinehillwinery.com.

Nominal Tasting Fee for Public — Wine Club Members Receive 20% Discount
The tasting fee for the visiting public on "Taste of Vine Hill" weekends is $10 per person, waived with any two-bottle wine purchase, and is complimentary for current and new Vine Hill Wine Club members.

Both current and new Vine Hill Winery Wine Club members who sign-up at the winery or in advance online are entitled to a 20% discount on all wines available at the winery — a terrific savings in addition to all the great benefits of membership that also include: a 15% discount on facility rentals for private events at the winery; first access to new and limited releases; complimentary wine tasting for the member and up to three guests; invitations to all winery events and exclusive wine club events; and a winery newsletter with each shipment. To become a member of the Vine Hill Wine Club, visit the Vine Hill Website at http://www.vinehillwinery.com.

About Vine Hill Winery
With a venerable viticultural history in the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region in North Central California near Monterey Bay dating back to 1867, Vine Hill Winery is committed to making the highest quality wines, focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. With three distinguished and award-winning labels — Cumbre, Vine Hill and Gatos Locos — the winery showcases wines made from fruit grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation using organic and sustainable vineyard and winery practices. Vine Hill winemaker Sal Godinez then allows his wines to naturally take on the characteristics of the Santa Cruz Mountains terroir.

Vine Hill Winery’s inviting tasting room and panoramic vineyards are perched high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just minutes from Silicon Valley and all points around the Monterey Bay. It’s a perfect, welcoming setting for an afternoon of wine tasting, as well as one of the most scenic locations in the area for weddings and other private social or corporate events.

Vine Hill Winery is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains along the "Summit Wine Trail" at 2300 Jarvis Road, Santa Cruz, California 95065, and accessed from the City of Santa Cruz via Branciforte Road, and from Los Gatos via Highway 17 and Vine Hill Road. The tasting room is open to the public for a "Taste of Vine Hill" on the third weekend of each month from noon to 5pm and for special events and selected holidays. Tastings, winery and vineyard tours by appointment for groups of 10 or more are also available. For more information and directions, or to purchase wine directly from the winery, please visit: http://www.vinehillwinery.com or call: 831-427-0436.

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