A Hiking Trail With Wine

A tucked-away winery in Silicon Valley also has hiking trails.

Picture this: You’re in Silicon Valley, your work obligations wrap a day early, you’ve got an extra day to play. You want to breathe in some California air, drink some of its vintages. Good news is about to come your way.

Photo by star5112 via Flickr

Six miles from Apple HQ in Cupertino is Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve. The “open space preserve” part of the name will fulfill your need to stretch your legs, and breathe in mountain air within the 308 acres. A short trail wanders by oak groves and fruit trees. The name of this trail? Zinfandel.

Which brings us to the “Picchetti Ranch” part of the name.

Photo by Simon Davison via Flickr
Photo by Simon Davison via Flickr

Vincenzo Picchetti immigrated to California in the 1800s from Italy. He purchased this parcel of land, called it Monte Bello (beautiful mountain), grew grapes, and bottled the juice in 1877. Voila. Or, rather, Bravo! When prohibition came, the Picchettis planted a few of those fruit trees seen on the Zinfandel Trail, too, to support themselves.

The winery building the family constructed in 1896 still remains, but only after an extensive renovation. Alas, the Picchettis were unable to make the winery profitable back in those days, and the homestead buildings went into disrepair. The regional government took it over; today it preserves the land and leases out Picchetti Winery to a third party. Within it, tastings are poured, and fun is had. Ancestors of the peacocks first introduced by Vincenzo’s son still wander the grounds.


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