Winery vineyard hiking
Hike and Wine at the Paraiso Vineyard in Soledad. (Courtesy of BZPMC)

SOLEDAD — CRU Winery is partnering with Valley Farm Management and the Blue Zones Project Monterey County to bring back their spring and summer hiking series.

Hosted monthly, participants will hike through the stunning and sustainably farmed Paraiso Vineyard before ending with a wine tasting at the CRU Winery tasting room.

The partners launched the hike series in summer 2023 and saw great demand with hikes consistently selling out. As with the 2023 hiking series, participants will learn more about Blue Zones Project and sustainable wine growing while hiking through the Paraiso Vineyard, located on the eastern-facing hillside of the Santa Lucia Mountain range to the south of Monterey.

Each hike lasts about one hour and is open to all levels of fitness and ages. The hikes are complimentary and can be booked through the CRU Winery website Tastings at the CRU Winery tasting room are two-for-one for hike participants.

“Participants can indulge in a unique experience that combines the pleasures of nature, natural movement, connection and community well-being,” according to CRU Winery in a news release. “It’s more than just a walk; it’s a celebration of partnership between Blue Zones Project Monterey County and CRU Winery, a BZP Registered Organization.”

The hikes are offered the second Sunday of each month at 10 a.m., and start and end at the CRU Winery tasting room in Soledad: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13.

Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life. It was brought to Monterey County through an innovative sponsorship by Salinas Valley Health, Taylor Farms and Montage Health, in collaboration with Sharecare Inc. and Blue Zones LLC.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, visit

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