Santa Cruz Winemaker and Co-Founder of Saison, Mark Bright, Announces First Saison Cellar & Wine Bar in Scotts Valley This October


 | October 11, 2023

First of its kind Saison Cellar & Wine Bar will launch to the public starting Friday, October 27th. The space, a cozy, relaxed wine bar, is being helmed by local winemaker and Saison Hospitality Co-Founder & Beverage Director Mark Bright, who lives in Ben Lomond. Bright, currently in France selecting favorite and exciting wines to bring to the Scotts Valley location, said he was proud to open the doors to the Santa Cruz community to celebrate the wine bar, cellar space, and preview its distinctive selection of local and global wines. 

Saison Cellar & Wine Bar will offer  a mix of local wine makers as well as many wines from France. “My first travels as a sommelier took me to Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, where I found my life-long inspiration in the wine world,” says Bright, “but it was the diverse soil types and ocean-influenced climate of Santa Cruz that drove me to make wine myself.”

Along with a comfortable yet elevated wine bar experience, the space will provide unique wine storage opportunities and amenities to Saison Cellar Wine Club members. The front space will feature a mix of couches, dining tables, bar seating, and outdoor seating. The cellar is lined with 30 custom-made wine storage lockers. It is a space for wine club members, wine education, visiting producer events, curated tastings, and special events.

Alongside Bright, Scotts Valley locals Jane McElrone and Tony Pappa will be joining the Scotts Valley location as Director of Operations and Manager, respectively. “I’m excited to continue my wine journey with the opening of our new wine bar,” Pappa said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with all of our guests when they come in and want to make each visit memorable.”

Visit Saison Cellar & Wine Bar starting October 27th, the bar will be open  from Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 9 pm at 222 Mt. Hermon Rd, Suite I, in the King’s Village Shopping Center.

Reservations are not required but will be available. To make reservations closer to the opening, call 831.200.8312.

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