Alfaro Family Vineyards

Alfaro Family Vineyards, Corralitos: Address, Phone Number, Alfaro Family Vineyards Reviews: 4.5/5

Alfaro Family Vineyards
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Marco I
Corralitos38 contributions
Alfaro Winery is a family owned and run operation in the hills above Watsonville. The area is called Coralitas.
Feb 2020 • Friends
Everything they make is excellent.
Pinot Noir is king here cooler temps
They have several as well as Chardonnays that are crisp and fruit forward. I love the family. Richard and Marykay are wonderful and they welcome visitors with open arms.
Great outdoor patio overlooking their vineyard.
It's an absolute must if your in the central coast.
Written February 11, 2020
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Andreas G
Berkeley, CA467 contributions
Not a winery I ever need to revisit
Aug 2018 • Couples
Based on many positive reviews of this winery, my wife and I decided to go and pay the tasting room a visit. We are not new to wine. We have been regular wine drinkers for over three decades. I buy between 30-40 cases of wine each year. I have about 400 bottles in my cellar. I have crafted my own wine club arrangements with multiple wineries. I have visited many of the major wine-producing areas in California (Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Livermore, Amador, Lodi, Monterey, Paso Robles, and more), and have done extensive tasting worldwide. I buy wines from Chile, Argentina, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria. I don’t really care where a wine comes from. I care about flavor and value. I went into this visit with an open mind and high expectations. I left wondering what the basis for the many positive ratings was. From my perspective you won’t miss much by skipping a visit, but this may depend on what you are looking for, and what your priorities are. Let me elaborate.

If you are looking for a fairly remote winery with an option to sit and view the hills and vineyards, then Alfaro may be a good fit for you. I care more about flavor and value than ambience. I’m happier sitting in a backyard shed in Sonoma with a 70+ year old Italian winemaker than sitting atop the hill at Sterling in Napa. I found the wines that were offered for tasting at Alfaro rather uninspiring. There was not a single wine that I tasted that was up to the level of the same varietals from other wineries I have been to, and often the other wineries provided better value. I don’t understand the basis for the premium pricing, but then I don’t understand $50 tasting fees in Napa either. It is not based on any features that I value. As a courtesy to the winery I bought two bottles of wine. It is something I do as a matter of habit even when I don’t particularly care for their offerings. I do understand the reason for charging a tasting fee, and am supportive of wineries that impose a tasting fee. Many wineries now do it to try to discourage visitors who merely come to get drunk. I have no issues with tasting fees. I generally come to taste and buy. The vast majority of wineries that I do business with either have a relatively modest tasting fee, and/or the tasting fee is waived if you buy wine. At Alfaro, neither is the case. You will pay $12 per person for tasting. Unlike other wineries I frequent, you will not get your tasting fee waived if you buy a bottle or your purchases exceed a threshold. It is not a business model I endorse.

Ultimately, I remain perplexed why this winery is as popular as it seems to be, and why the ratings are as positive as they are. Alfaro is not a winery I ever need to revisit. The wines seemed ordinary at best, relatively poor values, and this was compounded by the tasting fee structure. If I am in the area, I would much rather revisit Storrs. I prefer their wines. I consider them to be a much better value. A visit to their tasting room will cost you $5/person, and tasting fees are waived with a purchase. My recent experience at their Santa Cruz tasting room was that they still appreciate and engage with their customers. I suspect that their new tasting room, within a few miles of Alfaro will offer a more scenic experience. I had a similarly positive experience at Wargin Wines in Watsonville. The tasting room is in a commercial office building, but again, my priority is the wine. At Wargin, the tasting fee is $10/person, but it is waived with a $20 purchase. Lovely people, some amazing wines, and great value. I ended up buying two cases at Wargin. The bottom line is that for my priorities, there are multiple local options that are much more attractive than Alfaro. If your priorities are similar to mine, Alfaro would not be very low on my priority list for a visit.
Written August 30, 2018
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LoveToTravel524
Santa Cruz, CA1,146 contributions
A fun birthday celebration on a lovely Saturday afternoon
Sep 2017 • Couples
We have lived in Santa Cruz County for over 20 years and have heard about Alfaro from friends for many years and we finally went out there yesterday to celebrate a birthday. We have been wine tasting all over the world (Tuscany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Sonoma, Napa, Paso Robles, etc) and this was one of the most fun! We loved being able to take our picnic lunch, sit at a table overlooking the beautiful vineyards, and leisurely be served 7 tastings ($12 fee pp) by a great server. There were lots of people there enjoying the Saturday afternoon but they have many tables to accommodate the crowds. We especially enjoyed the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We will definitely go back SOON!
Written September 24, 2017
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Stacie
San Francisco, CA9 contributions
Beautiful vineyards!!
Jul 2017 • Family
Received a nice welcome, friendly staff. Smaller tasting bat but wonderful shaded outside patios. Staff comes out to serve you with each taste. $12 tasting for 7 wines. Nice Pinot!!
Very enjoyable place, beautiful vineyards and scenery. 🍷
Written August 3, 2017
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Kerryloves2travel
Watsonville, CA589 contributions
Great wines in Beautful setting
Dec 2016 • Family
Small local winery with great wines & nice inside & outside tasting room. Cozy feel. Pourers are knowledgeable about wines
Written December 26, 2016
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apron-lover
Watsonville, CA11 contributions
A Perfect Saturday!
Nov 2016 • Friends
What can I say, other than you must come. When you enter into this family run winery people are warm in there welcomes and inviting you to enter, handing you a glass and describing how the tasting will be handled for the day. You then stroll out on to the patio with lovely views of hills of grapes and all that Corralitos is; sunny and beautiful! The wines are always delightful and full of flavor and I enjoy when your server describes the grape and where it was grown. Being a wine club member has been excellent and lets us enjoy this often. If you are over in the area you must add Alfaro's to your list of places to visit. I promise you will not be sorry!
Written November 9, 2016
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Mary B
Corralitos, CA10 contributions
Sympatique family tastey room..yep that's tastey
Jul 2016
Off the beaten path, this well known ( but newer location) vineyard offers reasonably priced and tastey wines. Hot enough in this Corralitos Valley to grow a good red, too. Recently in their open air, tasting room, they have temporary walls and heat lamps incase it gets windy, foggy or wet. Plenty of room to move a group of friends or family around. They invested in decent bathrooms too.
Written July 19, 2016
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Bill K
Watsonville, CA8 contributions
great place to enjoy wine
Jul 2016 • Family
nice surroundings with plenty of seating (which fills up). Nice staff will pour at your table. they run special events for wine club members. wines are high quality, especially the reds.
Written July 14, 2016
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SteveTraveler
Seal Beach, SO CA USA302 contributions
What a pleasant discovery!
Jan 2016
This is one friendly, customer experience driven business! We visited the famous Corralitos Market nearby, who recommended Alfaro Winery! Greeted by the owner (we later found out) Mary Kay, she invited us to a separate wine event with live music and $10, 8 glass tasting with complementary cheese and crackers ! Often the unplanned travel experiences turn out to be the best! We travelled from Orange County to visit some out of the way wineries, and found a winner! We even joined their wine club, which we usually pass on when visiting wineries. Wine tasting was made special by their employee Jill! We were not disappointed here!
Written January 20, 2016
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Zonker
Monterey, CA85 contributions
Excellent small winery
Sep 2015 • Couples
Alfaro is located in Corralitos in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. They grow their own grapes (more than 40 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and others) and purchase high quality grapes of other vineyards. All of the wine is produced on site and is exceptional. The tasting room service is excellent, You can also spill out onto the deck overlooking the vineyards or onto the spacious patio in the back. For wine club members, tasting is free. When you go, be sure to stop at the nearby Corralitos Market for some excellent locally made sausages.
Written November 11, 2015
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