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Summer Wine Tasting at Alamitos Vineyards

Summer wine tastingThe Alamitos Vineyards Estate in the heart of Almaden is opening its doors for summer wine tasting season on May 1, 2022. It is located in the English, Spanish and Hacienda villages within the Quicksilver County Park, New Almaden, that were once inhabited by the miners in the 1800s.

The vineyard was planted in 2014 with custom clone grafts from UC Davis, and grows Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and the Touriga Nacional, a unique Portuguese varietal.

Owners Shaun Coleman and Chris Maune are proud to belong to the New Almaden Community and contribute to its future while being connected with this land steeped in history. “The land and the vineyards allow us to connect with the pioneers of yesterday and today as well as all the groundwork they did to create a sense of community and belonging,” they say.

The Alamitos Vineyards offers weekend wine tasting tours and weekday tours with prior appointments. They also offer their outdoor wine tasting venue and other areas on the property for events, weddings and special parties.

The wine tasting tours are for 21+ only and require reservations.

For more information about summer wine tasting and bookings, visit:

36th Annual Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

logo: Almaden Valley Art & Wine FestivalEnjoy the last weekend of Summer at the 36th Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival. Voted one of the best festivals in San Jose, this event features something for everyone!

Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival is the only community-wide event in the Almaden area that introduces the public to arts and culture, as well as local wineries and breweries.

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Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – September 19, 2011

We saw a definite improvement between last week’s report and this week’s. The number of available homes in Almaden Valley decreased from 85 last week to 83 this week. In addition, the number of homes that are now under contract increased significantly, from 35% to 38%. Traditional (ie non-distressed) listings posted even better numbers; available homes decreased from 79 to 76, and the percentage under contract increased from 26% to 31%.

Interest rates have remained low, school is back in session and buyers are now back on the market after summer vacations. Open house traffic over the weekend was moderate. The Almaden Art and Wine Festival may have taken some of the traffic. But homes are still selling!! I now have 29 closed sales for 2011 as well as 7 pending!

35th Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

Mark September 18 on your calendars to celebrate the end of summer at the 35th Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival. Held at Almaden Lake Park, this popular event offers activities for everyone. To learn more about the festival, click here.

UNWINED Wine Tour to Napa Valley Wineries – UPDATED 2022

logo: UNWINED[UPDATE: According to the San Jose Mercury News, in 2015 UNWINED moved out of Almaden and joined forces with Flight Wine & Food in Cupertino.]

Join Cesar from UNWINED for a tour of select Napa Valley wineries. You will go by bus to a variety of wineries, including Alpha Omega, Silver Oak, Turnbull Wine Cellars, and V. Sattui Winery.

The wine tour is Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 10am to 6pm. Meet in the parking lot at UNWINED in Almaden Valley.

Breakfast will be provided prior to the bus departure, which will be at 10:30am. Lunch will be available for purchase at the V. Sattui Winery.

The price is $75 per person. Wine tasting fees are an additional $15-$20 at each winery and applied towards any wine purchase. Register online to reserve your seats (the tour bus accommodates 54 passengers).