Category Archives: San Benito

Léal Vineyards: The Secrets of San Benito

Léal Vineyards 300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister, CA 95023 (map link) 831-636-1023 Léal Vineyards was a little farther away than the other wineries we visited on our San Benancio trip, but it absolutely worth the extra mileage. And to be honest, it wasn’t that far from the others. We saw their sign and turned up […]

Calera Wine Company: The Secrets of San Benito

Calera Wine Company 11300 Cienega Road, Hollister CA 95023 831-637-9170 Calera Wine Company is named after a calera, or limekiln, that is located on the property from the time when it was a limestone mining operation. The book “The Heartbreak Grape,” about owner Josh Jensen’s drive to create the perfect Pinot Noir, was written […]

DeRose Vineyards: The Secrets of San Benito

DeRose Vineyards 9970 Cienega Road, Hollister, CA 95023 (map link) 831-636-9143 We were happy to be making our second day-trip to the Hollister area in as many weeks. Last week we visited Fremont Peak for a camping trip; this week it was for the more refined activity of wine tasting. We’d always imagined that […]

Pietra Santa Winery: The Secrets of San Benito

Pietra Santa Winery 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister, CA 95023 (map link) 831-636-1991, ext 202 Just a short drive down the road from De Rose, Pietra Santa Winery came into view. And what a view! The winery, which looks like a historic mission but was actually built in 2005, is surrounded by steep hills that […]