Visiting Monte Bello
Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara County

First planted in the late 19th century, the Monte Bello property has long been one of the most storied viticultural sites in all of California's vast wine country, and its signature offering, the Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, is one of the most highly-regarded wines in the world. Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and surrounded by these historic vineyards, our Monte Bello Tasting Room offers guests an un-paralleled opportunity to experience our exceptional single-vineyard wines.

Tasting & Sales:

~ Saturdays and Sundays
11am to 4pm, no reservations required
    Monte Bello Estate Tasting, by reservation

~ Weekdays
    Monte Bello Estate Tasting, by reservation

Saturday & Sunday (advance notice required for groups of 9 or more)
Each weekend we are open from 11am to 4pm for tasting, with no prior reservation required for small groups (8 or less). We offer three unique tasting flights, "Single-Vineyard" ($5), "Estate Single-Vineyard" ($10), and "Estate Single-Vineyard w/ Monte Bello" ($20, and includes our flagship Monte Bello). Wine Club Members receive Estate and Single-Vineyard tastings complimentary. (Please see "Large Groups" below if your party exceeds 8 guests.)

Historic Vineyard Tastings are available by reservation. These semi-private, seated tastings feature a 5-wine flight of our Estate Single-Vineyard offerings, and include both the current release of our flagship Monte Bello, and a selection from our Historic Vineyard Series.

Monday through Friday (reservations required for all visits)
Monday through Friday we are available for by-appointment tastings at set times each day. These semi-private tastings include a short vineyard walk (weather permitting) followed by a seated tasting of our Single-Vineyard Estate wines. For more about these very special offerings, please click here.

Large Groups
If you plan to visit our tasting rooms on a weekend, and you are traveling with a group of 9 or more, we ask that you notify us no later than 48 hours in advance of your visit; this is to try and ensure we have appropriate space and staff to properly host your group. If you plan to picnic on our grounds, we ask that you come prepared to observe our picnic area policies (available here).

Additional Large Group Options:

  • We offer reserved picnic area space for our guests who opt for a Private Hosted Tasting experience; for more about these offerings, please click here.

Advance Reservations/Large Group Advance Notice
To make a reservation for a large group on a weekend, or to give notice of your intention to visit with a group of 9 or more, please e-mail

Our picnic area is available for use by customers during weekend hours on a first-come/first-serve basis. Full picnic area policies are available here; key examples include:

  • Out of consideration for our other guests, groups are asked to constrain to a single table regardless of group size; a single table will seat up to 8 people comfortably.
  • Due to licensing and liability restrictions, we do not allow the following anywhere on our grounds: Pets, Smoking, or "Outside Alcohol." ("Outside Alcohol" is defined as any alcoholic beverage not purchased from Ridge Vineyards on-site the day of your visit.)
  • Children must remain under close parental supervision at all times. Our staff reserves the right to ask that families depart the grounds if supervision does not meet our standards. (Please note, the "rattlesnake" signs are real!).
  • Please note that we cannot pour wine, or have guests anywhere on the premises, after the posted closing time.

We have established these policies to ensure a pleasant, peaceful, and safe experience for all our customers, and we thank you in advance for your compliance with the above.

Weekend Tasting Menus
To see this weekend's tasting menus, please click here


Directions via Google Maps can be found here

The above Google Maps directions are correct. However, please note that some other Internet - based directions (and possibly GPS-based systems) may be incorrect once you get onto Monte Bello Road. Stay on Monte Bello Road and continue up 4.4 miles until you reach 17100 Monte Bello. (Do not turn onto Peacock Court, Casa de Pino Way, or any other side road.) Also, there is no direct access to Ridge from Skyline Blvd or Page Mill rd.

A PDF with directions can be downloaded here.

Printable Adobe Acrobat Map (145K PDF)

Ridge Vineyards / Monte Bello
17100 Monte Bello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone 1.408.867.3233
Fax 1.408.868.1350