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Ridge Monte Bello

Cupertino / United States


The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside at 2,600’, is Ridge's current production facility.

In 1959 Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, purchased the property and made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet proved to be among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage.

In 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine.

Wine Varietals

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petite Sirah

Wine Types

Red Wine
White Wine


 Family Friendly
Picnic Area
 Private Tasting
 Romantic Venue
 Scenic View
Table Seating
 Vineyard Tours


1 Event Available

Estate Tasting

1h 30m
Party Size
1 - 8


  • Sunday11:00 am - 4:00 PM
  • MondayClosed to the Public
  • TuesdayClosed to the Public
  • WednesdayClosed to the Public
  • ThursdayClosed to the Public
  • FridayClosed to the Public
  • Saturday11:00 am - 4:00 PM


Cancellation Policy

Please contact us within 24 hours if you need to cancel your reservation. Failure to do so may result in your credit card being charged the amount of the tasting fee.

Deposit Policy

We require a credit card to hold your reservation. We will not charge your card until the day of your visit.