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 founded Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Winemaker Michael Martella met Dr. Thomas Fogarty in 1980 and he has been there since day one. A graduate of U.C. Fresno, he helped Fogarty open the winery in 1981, plan its construction and develop the estate vineyards. Nathan Kandler, another U.C. Fresno graduate, is associate winemaker. The first vintage was in 1986. The Fogarty Estate Vineyards, located in Woodside, consist of 325 acres 25 of which are planted on steep southeast- and east-facing hillsides to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small amounts of Merlot and Sangiovese. The 100 acre Gist Ranch Estate is located 14.5 miles south of the winery. Fourteen acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The vineyards are all planted on loam over sandstone, shale and marine deposits. Additional fruit is sourced from some of California’s most respected grape growers.
|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.”