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S eptember is California Wine Month, and while there is a lot to celebrate about all California wines, there is something extra special about the Santa Clara Valley wine region. Here are ten reasons to celebrate the vino made right here in our own fertile valley. 10 Reasons to love our wine region Written By Carly Gelsinger 74 1. History The Santa Clara Valley is the oldest winemaking region in California with the fi rst varietals brought here from Italy in 1798, according to Wineries of Santa Clara Valley President Karen Seeker. As new wine regions pop up all over the country in response to increased demands for the sacred fermented juice, Santa Clara is like the wine industry’s wise grandmother, confi dent in her rich history and experience. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 Fresh Ideas 2. The region may be old, but there is always fresh creativity shaking things up. Whether it’s the Stomping Ground, a collective tasting room in a former industrial building behind Target in Gilroy, or Blended, a forward-thinking trio of winemakers sharing a space in the former Thomas Cruz vineyard off New Avenue in Gilroy, the area is constantly exploring new concepts to stay ahead of the times. “If you haven’t been out in a while, you might want to do that. We keep getting feedback that our wines keep getting better and bet- ter,” Seeker said.