Testarossa University Series

Testarossa Winery strives to keep things fresh when it comes to satisfying your thirst for wine knowledge. Thus the institution of Testarossa University, our year-round series of wine classes taught by our team of knowledgeable wine educators led by longtime Testarossa staffer Bob Zamora and resident Certified Sommelier Ryan Smith, who is also our Direct to Consumer Manager. Curriculum topics range from the basics of wine tasting to winemaking, including the science behind winemaking, deep dives into the terroir of different appellations and vineyards, vertical and horizontal tastings, clonal comparisons and more!

Wine Club member discounts apply. Advanced reservations required.

Summer Series

A Deep Dive Into The Santa Lucia Highlands: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, September 3rd  ~  6pm
Sunday, September 8th  ~  1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $50/person

Since we started making wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands in 1997, it has become known as a world-renowned growing region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Learn how we work with some of the oldest growing families in the area, such as the Pisonis, Franscionis and Hahns, as well as new growers to produce the highest quality wine year after year. Taste our SLH wines and learn from our knowledgeable wine educators how terroir, growing practices, and philosophy influence aroma and flavor.
RSVP 9/3
RSVP 9/8

Pinot Noir: Burgundy vs. California

Tuesday, September 10th  ~  6pm
Sunday, September 15th  ~  1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $50/person

What do people mean when they say a Pinot Noir is Burgundian? How are French wines and California wines different? How are they similar? Answer these questions and more, all while tasting examples of each.
RSVP 9/10
RSVP 9/15

Fall Series

Harvest Experience: Make Your Mark on the 2019 Vintage

Saturday, September 28th ~ 11am to 1pm
Saturday, October 5th ~ 11am to 1pm
Saturday, October 12th ~ 11am to 1pm
Saturday, October 19th ~ 11am to 1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $100/person
club discounts apply, t-shirt included

Join Testarossa’s Harvest Crew for a day and make your mark on the 2019 vintage! Join us for a hands-on look into the behind the scenes work our production team performs to process fruit and make our wonderful wine.  Activities will include fruit sorting, punch downs (mixing the skins and juice in tank or bin), battonage (stirring the lees in Chardonnay barrels) and tasting directly from barrel/tank.  The day will conclude with a family style lunch prepared by the Testarossa culinary team, and of course, delicious wine.  All participants will also receive an exclusive 2019 Testarossa Harvest Crew T-Shirt, only available to our employees and guests of this event!
RSVP 9/28
RSVP 10/5
RSVP 10/12
RSVP 10/19

Testarossa University is accessible, educational, and most of all, entertaining!
Classes are taught by our knowledgeable and experienced Wine Education team, led by Certified Sommelier Ryan Smith and range from the Basics of Wine to a Tour of the Santa Lucia Highlands. They start at $35/person- contact us to start planning your event today!
Contact Ryan Smith for more information or call us at (408) 357-8062
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No minors are allowed at ticketed events. Due to our historic setting, most of the experiences typically require use of stairs to access certain areas of the winery. Please alert us of any guests with disabilities by calling our concierge at (408) 354-6150 x31 or concierge@testarossa.com so that we can make the necessary accommodations.

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