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Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

22645 Garrod Road

Saratoga, CA  95070



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22645 Garrod Rd
Saratoga, CA, 95070

(408) 867-7116

Enjoy wines where the grapes are grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga and overlooking San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley.

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Team Building Activities

Looking for something special to help recognize your team's outstanding work?

Cooper-Garrod offers fun opportunities to learn about wine in an educational yet relaxed atmosphere while developing team rapport and collaboration. You can choose among the following activities or work with the winery staff to customize your own experience.

Horseback Ride and Wine Tasting

Try something really off the beaten path with your team - horseback riding through our vineyards and into the open space of the Saratoga foothills, with lovely views of the Silicon Valley - returning to enjoy our estate wines, grown right here on the property! No previous riding experience is necessary. The maximum number of riders is 15. SUMMER NOTE: This option is only possible during weekend days in the summer months of June, July and early August. This is due to our popular youth horse daycamp held on weekdays, which uses our horse string.

Blind Wine Tasting Challenge

Do you want to learn how to taste wine like Sommeliers do? If so, then this activity is right for you. You will be taught a four-step approach to wine tasting (See, Sniff, Sip, Sense). Next, you will be given an introduction of how to identify various wines in a blind tasting. Then, use your newly acquired skills to work in teams to guess the varietal of each taste in a flight of wines. Please allow 1.5 hours for this activity for groups of 10-20.

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Challenge

Wine and chocolate – what could be better? First learn about basic food and wine pairing principles and how to pair wine and chocolate. Next, discover techniques for tasting wine and chocolate together. Then, break into teams to decide which wine goes best with each of the artisan chocolates provided. Please allow 1 hour for this activity. For groups up to 20.

Component Tasting and Wine Blending

Have you wondered what it takes to create the perfect wine blend? For this activity, you will learn about each of the components that make up one of our Test Pilot red blends. Then, you will join a team to perform trials to arrive at the perfect blend. Each team’s creation will compete head-to-head in a blind taste challenge to see which one “reigns supreme”. Please note there is a minimum of 20 people for the Component Tasting and Wine Blending activity; up to 40.

All Team Building Activities must be reserved one week in advance.

Box lunches available for 10 or more guests.

Please call Cory at 408-867-8446 or email to get started on planning!