What began as a pastime is today the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyard, one of the San Francisco Peninsula’s most respected wineries. A Stanford Cardiovascular Surgeon and world-renowned inventor, Thomas Fogarty took up home winemaking in the early 1970’s in a small cabin on the current winery site. He planted his first grapes in 1978, and in 1981 established a commercial winery in the historic grape growing region of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Twenty five acres of Burgundian-style varietals are planted on the 325 acre estate, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and small lots of Merlot and Sangiovese. The winery property, located directly west of Palo Alto and Stanford University, sits on Skyline Blvd. at a 2000 foot elevation. The long, cool growing season and excellent sun exposure provide an ideal climate for these grape varieties. Dr. Fogarty’s vision is to produce high quality, character-filled wines which take full advantage of the unique soil and climate of this appellation.
The mountain top setting has sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Accommodating up to 220 guests, Thomas Fogarty Winery is an intimate, elegant, and relaxing setting for memorable events. Surrounded by vineyards and a beautifully landscaped lawn, the handsome redwood reception facility flows down the mountainside on three separate levels, each exposed to stunning views.
The 4,000 square foot Pavilion overlooks the pampered Chardonnay vineyard. The unique copper roof and open air feel makes the structure a Bay Area ”one of a kind.” The Hill House and it’s adjoining terrace, hand crafted with Redwood panels, tile, and hardwood floors is an area used all year around. The terrace has glass panels lined on runners, allowing it to be closed off on cooler days without sacrificing the famous view. The Fogarty Board Room, a popular getaway for Silicon Valley companies, is a welcome retreat from the daily office grind. This room comfortably accommodates up to 20 guests and is equipped with most AV needs. The river rock fireplace is a welcome sight on a cool winter’s day and a custom made pool table could be considered ”Team Building.”