Is Campbell the food and wine capital of Silicon Valley? You might think so. Campbell is the Orchard City, birthplace of fruit cocktail, home of the Professional Culinary Institute training chefs and sommeliers, and location of many fine restaurants. Plus, First Fridays’ in downtown, is an opportunity to sample the cuisine in downtown Campbell. Now you can also visit the Campbell Wine Trail? Yes, Campbell is home to four wonderful wineries along the very compact Campbell Wine Trail.
The Campbell Winemakers Studio, located at 165 Cristich Lane, is home to four wineries, Pinder Winery, Travieso Winery, Heart’s Fire Winery, and Stroth-Hall Cellars. The facility backs up to Hwy 17 and, if you have been around the valley for a while, you will remember seeing the Winchester Drive-In theater sign as you drove along Hwy 17 on your way home from the beach. Campbell Winemakers Studio is near that location.
At this time of the year as winemakers for all four wineries are bringing in their fruit and crushing their grapes for the next vintage, you will see lots of activity around Cristich Lane utilizing their common equipment. In the case of all four wineries, the founders started as home winemakers and perfected their craft and their desire to make high quality wine.
John and Marie Pinder of Pinder Winery are the creators of the Campbell Winemakers Studio and lease space to the other three wineries. Pinder makes a variety of noteworthy wines including Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Heart’s Fire Winery was founded by partners Dan and Julie Scheve and Brian and Kristin Link. The name “Heart’s Fire” reflects their passion for making wine. They concentrate on California Zinfandels and Petite Sirahs, using grapes from Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
Stroth-Hall Cellars owners, Paul Stroth, Sequoia Hall and Stu Slack, concentrate on fine Syrahs that reflect their terroir in some of the best producing areas in California.
Travieso Winery owners, Ray Sliter and Mats Hagstrom, focus on rich full-bodied red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah blends.
Be sure to visit the short but interesting Campbell Wine Trail where you can visit four boutique wineries in the same location in the heart of Silicon Valley.