El Vaquero is a family owned and operated winery in Corralitos that specializes in producing small lot single vineyard designate wines from Corralitos, Santa Cruz Mountains, and neighboring appellations. Our Estate vineyard was planted on a hilltop overlooking the Monterey Bay in Corralitos in 2011. The Pinot Noir vineyard is made up of four blocks of 2A, 115, Calera, and Swan clones. In 2013 we celebrated the estate vineyard's first harvest by making our first vintage of commercial wine.
Our label celebrates the heritage of Corralitos and a spirit who watches over the estate vineyard. This apparition of a cowboy, el vaquero, has made himself known on several occasions. He's believed to have been a shaman who often meditated on the hilltop property overlooking the Monterey Bay in the 1880's.
Bob and Dean Prikazsky Owners
Bob and Dean's passion for wine and horticulture turned into the dream of planting a vineyard and starting a winery in the late 90s. After taking a winemaking class at Cabrillo College, Bob was empowered to make his first wine at home in 2009. They are enjoying working in the vineyard and making wine.
Alex Prikazsky Winemaker
Alex began making wine and working in the vineyard in 2013 while apprenticing under Mikael Wargin of Wargin Wines. She took over winemaking for El Vaquero in 2015. Alex's intuitive sense for wines and vines makes her integral to all facets of the business.
Christian Fedczuk Assistant Winemaker
Christian first became interested in winemaking in his home state of New York where his uncle made wine at home. In 2016 he move to Santa Cruz to further pursue his passions for winemaking and surfing.