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San Benito County is located in the Coast Range Mountains of California, south of San Jose. The county seat is Hollister, which includes approximately three fifths of the county's population.
From the Gabilan Mountains in the west to the Diablo range in the east, San Benito County displays a wide range of California geography. The rugged Diablo peaks beautifully complement the area's native oak and grassland ranges. Due east of Monterey County, San Benito County is California-s stealth wine region - respected by winemakers, little known by the public.
But this is a beautiful pocket of the state, well worth visiting for its 19th-century towns, graceful mission, and lonely but glorious country drives - not to mention its growing group of wineries. State 25 hopscotches the San Andreas Fault as it runs south into the Gabilan Mountains, where Calera Wine Company has set standards for Pinot Noir for more than 25 years. New wine makers, bottling varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, are also making San Benito a place to visit.
Take a trip to Pinnacles National Monument for a stunning detour. Straddling the crest of the Gabilan Mountains, the pinnacles are eroded remnants of an ancient volcano, dragged here from Southern California by the San Andreas Fault. The park contains 30 miles of hiking trails and, in spring, dramatic displays of lupine, poppies, and other wildflowers.