This is for event reservations. To make a reservation for a tasting, please click here.

Tasting Room Hours

  • Thursdays from 5 - 9 pm

  • Fridays from 3 - 6:30 pm

  • Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm

  • Sundays from 12 - 5 pm

Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome! You may also bring outside food or non-alcoholic drinks. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Whenever the tasting room is open food will be available from local vendors or pizza delivery.

A note about events:

Tasting by the pour will not be available; however, you may still enjoy wine by the glass, by the bottle, or tastings via 4 oz. taster bottles.

Please know that all tastings and music performances are outdoors on our patio and will be cancelled or rescheduled if it rains.  We have umbrellas and propane heaters to handle sunny and cool weather conditions. Please check this page and/or Facebook or Instagram for notices of rain events.

Do you want to perform at El Vaquero's Tasting Room? Fill out this form to apply.


Every Thursday

5-9 pm

Trivia with Michael Gaither

KPIG Radio DJ, Michael Gaither, brings JEOPARDY! level trivia entertainment to your favorite local winery. He always brings in thoughtful trivia prompts to give your brain muscles a work out. We'll be pouring our tasty wines, and Corralitos Pizza is on call for deliveries! Bring your team and win prizes!


Food by:

Corralitos Pizza


Friday, September 30

6-9 pm

Dos Bros

Reggae, Surf

Upbeat rhythms, positive lyrics, and collaboration are all key as Dos Bros strives to bring Feel Good Music to the people. The two members of Dos Bros have created their original music using ukuleles, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, drums and horns. With a heavy influence from reggae and surf music, Dos Bros aims to capture the sounds of summer and take you on a relaxing musical journey.

Food by:

Taco House


Saturday, October 1

5-8 pm



Tsunami is an “out-the-gate, on-your-feet”, rock-n-roll dance band! Comprised of 5 veteran musicians, they play high energy music with roots in 60’s to 90's Classic Rock and R&B. With many surprises! They won Best Local Band in the 2021 Santa Cruz Good Times poll.

Tsunami cuts a new edge performing the great songs everyone remembers and loves but few cover. The vocal mix features three dynamic lead singers. Each has made their mark on the local music scene with such bands as The White Album Ensemble, Aja Vu, 7th Wave, The Garage Band, and Cappuccino, to name a few.

This is an excellent band. We expect it to fully book and be an amazing show. Don't wait to make reservations. - Bob

Food by:

Taco House


Sunday, October 2

5-8 pm

Ralph Anybody 30 Year Anniversary Benefit

Americana and Folk

After postponing this event because of rain, we are so excited that we get to share this wonderful benefit with you all so soon!

This year, Ralph Anybody hits 30 years (!!!) as a DJ at KPIG radio. What better way to commemorate and celebrate than an afternoon of wine, music, and a chance to support three wonderful animal-rescue organizations.

Music from legendary lap steel guitarist and vocal stylist Patti Maxine with indie singer songwriter Christie McCarthy and our MC KPIG DJ Michael Gaither & His New Best Friends (Greg Abelar) with special guest Lizzy Smith (of Whiskey West) and John Morris. and of course Ralphie himself!

20% of the day's wine sales, all music tips, and all proceeds from a silent auction will be split between The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Project Purr, and The Birchbark Foundation.

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Friday, October 14

6-9 pm

Salsa Night with Flor de Cana


El Vaquero Winery presents Salsa Night with Flor de Cana. We'll have free Salsa lessons by Cesario and delicious food by My Mom's Mole. Come enjoy a fun evening of great music, dancing and delicious wine on our outdoor patio overlooking Aladdin Nursery. $5 Cover.

Food by:

My Mom's Mole