Alfaro Family Vineyards: Ryan Alfaro – Ep. 23

There’s one thing to know about Alfaro Family Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You are guaranteed great wine and a good time. This family-owned winery is in Corralitos, at the southern end of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. It’s a mecca for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers, but at Alfaro, you’ll also find Syrah, Merlot, and yes, Gruner Veltliner, that crisp and aromatic white wine from Austria that is growing in popularity here. In fact, the Alfaros are leaders in Gruner, planting the first vineyard within the appellation.
Richard and Mary Kay founded the winery after beginning to plant their 56-acre vineyard. Now son Ryan steps into the winemaking role, with Richard focusing more on the grape growing. Listen along and meet this super fun, laid back yet serious winemaker and find out why we just love Alfaro wines!
Once wineries are allowed to re-open, be sure to visit Alfaro and make sure you stop at the Corralitos Market to pick up some jalapeƱo cheese sausages on your way to or from wine tasting.
Look for the “A” label for great values in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and the colorful family portrait label on the winery’s best wines.