Pacheco Pass received its designation as an AVA in 1984. Pacheco Pass is located on 3,200 acres and is situated on the line between Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. Pacheco Pass is home to the famous roadside attraction Casa De Fruta farmstand, and they are the only producers in the region.
The pass was named for Francisco Perez Pacheco owner of the nearby Rancho Ausaymas y San Felipe. Often the pass was referred to as Robber's Pass due to attacks on travelers in the area. The area is also said to be haunted by ghosts of accident victims (including one searching for his missing head), victims of Indian massacres and the lovelorn.
We think we will stick with the wine.
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