Northern California is known as wine country throughout the world. While Half Moon Bay isn’t in Napa Valley, there are many winemakers producing exceptional wines with grapes from the famed valley to the north. Being such a culinary centered town, every Half Moon Bay winery is a great addition to the food and beverage scene in the area, and make for great things to see while visiting the area. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass with dinner, you’ll enjoy exploring these small establishments and their great knowledge about the age old craft of making wines.
Here is a Half Moon Bay winery list that you should visit on your stay here at the Mill Rose Inn:
- La Nebbia Winery
Located in the hills of Half Moon Bay, the La Nebbia tasting room is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. A classic five wine flight is a mere ten dollars and comes with light snacks, as well as the complementary glass to take home. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoor area with bocce ball. If you would like to tour the winery you can do so by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead. La Nebbia has great events throughout the year, including Barrell to Bottle days when you can bring your own bottles and get them filled.
- Tojak – Knier Winery
Started by two lifelong friends and wine lovers as a home wine making project, this winery has grown over the years to produce 350 cases annually. Located in a coastal warehouse, this Half Moon Bay winery is open for tastings every day from noon to 4:30 PM. While starting with Zinfandel and Cabernet, they now have numerous award-winning wines.
- Barterra Wines
Started by an Italian immigrant who came to California to make a better life for himself, founder Bartholomew Colucci developed a number of award-winning wines that are only for purchase at this charming Half Moon Bay winery. Located right downtown, this is a great place to walk to from the Mill Rose Inn where you can enjoy wine tasting Thursday through Monday from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM. If you like what you taste, your visit will be your only chance to purchase a bottle or case to take home with you.
- Thomas Fogarty Winery
Located on the famous Skyline Ridge, this Half Moon Bay winery is both a beautiful place to visit and a chance to taste some of the area’s most unique and delectable wines. Having been the first people to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Santa Cruz Mountains, founders Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella are true pioneers in winemaking. Stop by their winery to taste on Mondays from noon to 4 PM and every other day from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Any Half Moon Bay winery is a great choice for an afternoon of enjoying the beautiful weather and views of the area. If you have limited experience in wine tasting, don’t be intimidated, these hospitable establishments will teach you the ins and outs of a new travel pastime.