Last Saturday the LOML came home saying he saw signs for a new winery and asked if I wanted to check it out. Without any hesitation, we loaded up the pup and headed out towards Uvas Reservoir following the signs strategically placed along the route. The final sign directed us up a dirt road that opened up into a beautiful clearing where Ross Vineyards and Winery tasting room is located.
The winery owners, Judy and Jerry Ross, were so welcoming and hospitable. The tasting table was staffed by their equally charming grandson, Jim, who lives on the property and works with his grandfather on wine production. That day the tasting table was located outside of an old, rustic barn full of historic picture of previous owners. When weather is less clement they can move the tastings into the barn. While the tasting room may be modest, the views are stunningly beautiful and the ambience is peaceful making for a very inviting and relaxing atmosphere.
The Rosses bought the property in 1999 and started making wine as a hobby. They grow about 2 acres of grapes at an elevation of 1000 feet. As the wine started piling up beyond the realm of personal consumption, Judy suggested they should start selling the wine. The winery was bonded in 2005 but they did not open up to the public until the spring of this year.
The winery produces an impressive roster of estate wines. In addition to the grapes we usually see grown in this area, they have an excellent selection of Spanish varietals. They started off with a 2007 Ross Red Estate
which is a blend of Greanch (75%) and Mourvedre (25%) followed by a 2007 Estate Tempranillo. Both of these came home accompanied by a bottle of the 2005 Espanol Ross-Library Estate. We also enjoyed the 2007 Syrah, 2005 Zinfandel - Library Estate, 2007 Merlot - Estate and 2007 Cabernet Sauvigon Estate.
Ross Vineyards and Winery is open the 3rd weekend of the month. They charge a $5.00 tasting fee which is refunded with a purchase.
17520 Oak Glen Ave.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037