Visit us Saturdays, 12-5 pm

A Perfect California Landscape.

Join us for wine tasting, a glass or bottle of wine in our intimate tasting room or on the lawn overlooking the vineyard. Our giant oaks are equally inviting and a great place to picnic. If conversation or a rainy day escape is the priority, step up to our beautiful redwood bar or relax at the farm table in our Garden Room. The Nicholson family and their tasting room staff are happy to share their love of wine and enthusiasm for the region with you. Join us for wine tasting in our Tasting Room, Garden Room, or in our Oak Grove on Saturdays 12-5. Or plan a private event.

Tasting experiences

We offer three wine tasting experiences with two flights to select from—something for everyone to enjoy. Saturdays, 12-5 pm.


Taste inside at our beautiful oak bar. Select either the Premier Flight ($12) and includes 5 wines, red and white or the Reserve Flight ($15) and highlights 5 estate and reserve red wines. Our bistro tables (max 5 people) are available for use at a first come, first serve basis OR by reservation for guaranteed seating (2 hours). A tasting fee waived with the purchase of two bottles of wine. Guests may also choose to enjoy our large farm table in the Garden Room when available. Reservations accepted for Saturdays, 12-4 pm. Reserve your Traditional Tasting.

Wine taste in our enchanting oak grove and enjoy a picnic table with a personalized tasting experience for your group. The fee is $25 for a 2-hour tasting and reservations are highly recommended. Your group may select a customized flight ($15) which includes any 5 red or white wines offered by the tasting room. Prefer to skip the tasting? Wine by the bottle may be purchased (please note there is a 2 bottle/table minimum with each rental when not tasting). Reservations accepted for Saturdays, 12-4 pm. Reserve your Oak Grove Tasting.

Looking to host a private tasting for up to 20 people? Our Garden Room is the perfect location. Select either the Premier Flight or the Reserve Flight and enjoy use of our large farm table and benches in our private room. Reservations are mandatory. 2-hour rental fee is $75. If guests prefer to skip the tasting, wine by the bottle may be purchased (please note there is a 4 bottle minimum purchase). Reservations accepted for Saturdays, 12-4 pm. Reserve your Garden Room Tasting.


Group Reservations

Nicholson Vineyards would love to host your group for a tasting or event. If you are planning to visit with a party of eight or more, please make a reservation to ensure we can accommodate your group. We are happy to take reservations for smaller groups to reserve tables for use. (Picnic tables may be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours.)


WineMakers DInner

Join us June 1 for a “A Night in Valencia”! Don’t miss an unforgettable evening under the stars, featuring Winemaker John Ritchey and Nicholson Vineyards wines, perfectly paired with a 5 course Spanish dinner. Old world traditions of Spanish cuisine. Fresh, local ingredients. Delectable new wine releases and old favorites.


Private Event Booking

Nicholson Vineyards provides a unique and intimate venue for your special celebration, corporate event or private tasting. If you are searching for warm hospitality and relaxed elegance, please complete our inquiry form for pricing and availability or call us to schedule a visit. Please note that events booked during tasting room hours are limited to the picnic area.


Picnic Policy

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests, please respect the following guidelines:

  • The consumption of alcohol is limited to those who are 21+ years of age.  Please have valid identification.

  • “Outside alcohol” is not permitted on site (defined as an alcoholic beverage not purchased from Nicholson Vineyards on site, the day of your visit.)

  • Smoking of any type, including electric cigarettes, is not permitted on the grounds.

  • Reservations are recommended for groups of 6 or more. 

  • As a courtesy to all of our guests, bistro and picnic tables may be used for a maximum of two hours.

  • For your safety, please do not move tables and umbrellas.

  • Children must remain under close parental supervision at all times. Wandering the grounds and climbing equipment is dangerous and prohibited.

  • Leashed dogs are welcomed in our Oak Grove and Lawn areas, but must remain leashed and with their owner. Due to safety standards, dogs are prohibited in the tasting room. Owners are responsible for clean-up.

  • Sports gear and toys (i.e. frisbees, baseballs, footballs) are not allowed on the grounds.

  • The vineyards and olive grove surrounding the tasting room are off limits due to the hazards of a working winery. Please enjoy the tasting room, Oak Grove, and Lawn areas.

  • Please return glassware to a staff member or to a designated area when you have finished enjoying your wine. Glassware is available for sale.



Nicholson Vineyards is located in Pleasant Valley, in the Corralitos foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains (4 miles east of Aptos Village). We are approximately 10 miles south of Santa Cruz and 30 miles north of Monterey.

From Monterey: North on Hwy 1 to Freedom Blvd.  Right on Freedom Blvd.  Left on Hames Rd. Left on Pleasant Valley Rd.

From San Francisco/Bay Area: South on Interstate 280.  South on Interstate 880.  South on Hwy 1 to Freedom Blvd.  Left on Freedom Blvd.  Left on Hames Rd. Left on Pleasant Valley Rd.