WELCOME to the expanded and updated San Diego Wineries page!
This website will help guide you to the over 70 unique boutique wineries and tasting rooms located in the greater San Diego area including: San Diego/La Mesa, Escondido/Valley Center, Ramona, Julian / Warner Springs, Northwest/Coastal, and Southeastern San Diego County.
Some of the area’s wineries have tasting rooms that are open daily while others offer tastings only on weekends. Most tasting rooms offer tastings for a $10 fee: some less, some more and some will even give you the souvenir glass. Some are by appointment only or sell their product commercially to area stores and not directly to the public. Please contact each winery individually to verify the latest information. Many of the wineries also feature ‘wine clubs’ that will ship selections to you (in most states) periodically and offer discounts on your purchases.
Wines made locally are often made from a combination of local grapes and grapes from other areas of California as well as from the Guadalupe Valley of Mexico that are contracted to or owned by wineries here in San Diego County.
San Diego County Wineries are NOT to be confused with those in Temecula which is in Riverside County, a separate area that is many miles away.
Three appellations are located here: Escondido Valley, Ramona Valley and San Diego County. The term Appellation means that the wines produced in a certain area are distinct to that particular area. Each wine that is labeled from a particular appellation means that the majority of the grapes used to produce that wine were grown in that specific area.
Included is a brief overview of many of the individual wineries and tasting rooms. As San Diego County adds new wineries and tasting rooms all the time, this list is expanded but may not list every winery as the list changes. They are grouped by area so that you are able to visit several vintners at a time and appreciate the differences that these wines bring to the fine Southern California wine tasting experience.
First some tips: Before embarking on your wine tour, it is always a good idea to eat a hearty meal first and drink in moderation. Allow plenty of time for visiting each winery. Enjoying the conversation and company of other fellow wine enthusiasts adds to the experience and should not be rushed. In most cases, the people that pour at these tasting rooms are the actual winemakers and will be happy to talk to you about their craft and the stories they share will make your visit a memorable one. Don’t hesitate to ask questions: local vintners are extremely approachable and love to talk about their wines…unlike other wine areas that are highly pretentious and snobbish. You will rarely find that type of attitude here!
Due to the limited production of individual wines, not all wines listed here may be available for sale or tasting at all times. Please contact the individual wineries for more detailed information and pricing. Most, but not all wineries offer tasting rooms on-site or at central locations. Those vintners that don’t usually sell their product at other wineries, tasting rooms or grocery stores can also be contacted directly to make an appointment or purchase their wines and is so noted.
Location: San Diego City area
2 Plank Vineyards 6242 Ferris Square San Diego CA 92121 (858) 622-2001 and 2379 La Mirada Drive Vista CA 92081
This urban winery features a mix of wines made from both San Diego grapes as well as those purchased from outside the county. The wines are made in Vista at their new tasting and production facility which is open Friday-Sunday. Their Mira Mesa facility is open for tastings on Thursday and Friday afternoons and by appointment. Whites include a Chardonnay and a Viognier. Reds featured are Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet and Zinfandel. They also poor blends of both white and red as well as a Rose and a Port. You can also reach them through their website: http://www.2plankvineyards.com
Negociant Winery 2419 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego 92104 (619) 535-1747
Serving from their Urban tasting room on the west side of North Park, they have several wines sourced from throughout California. They feature a Chardonnay and a sweeter white called Symphony. For reds they offer a red blend made of several different varietials, Touriga, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Syrah. They also feature small bite plates and coffee bar on-site to cover all the bases. To find out more: http://www.negociantwinery.com
Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego CA 92128 (858) 487-1866
San Diego’s oldest winery (1889) also has one of the largest wine lists in the County. In addition to the wine tasting room, the winery boasts a cafe and several shops making it an oasis in the middle of a housing tract in the Rancho Bernardo area of North San Diego. Here they feature wines produced from several different areas and wineries: a Chardonnay as well as a Chablis, For sweet white wine drinkers: Muscat Canelli, Orange Muscat, Riesling and White Zinfandel. In the Red Category, the winery features a Burgundy, Cabernet, Merlot and a Sangiovese. To round out their collection, Bernardo features a Champagne, a sparkling Muscato Rose and several Ports. http://www.bernardowinery.com
California Fruit Wine Company 1477 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 (877) 484-6282 Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, They make wines from Pineapple, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Mango and even Pumpkin Spice. You can find out more on their website: http://www.californiafruitwine.com
Blue Door Winery 4060 Morena Blvd. San Diego CA 92117 (858) 274-4292
An urban tasting room to go along with their Julian location, they offer a San Diego County Chardonnay…one of the first to be bottled. Their reds are from grapes grown in Santa Barbara County: Dolcetto, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Barbera. Open evenings and weekends, their website is: http://www.thebluedoorwinery.com
San Pasqual Winery 8364 La Mesa Boulevard La Mesa CA 91942 (619) 462-1797 Also at Seaport Village: 805 W. Harbor Drive on San Diego’s waterfront (619) 544-9463.
San Pasqual has several wines made from grapes from throughout California. They have several renditions of Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Chardonnay and a Rose. A unique offering is their wines made from passion fruit; one of which won a Gold Medal at the California State Fair. Don’t miss Hot Passion, their Habanero Passion Fruit wine. Reds include blends of Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Malbec, Zinfandel and Tempranillo. A Tawny Port and a Sparkling Brut round out their collection. For more information visit: http://www.sanpasqualwinery.com
Wyatt Oaks Winery 8167 Center Street La Mesa CA 91942 (619) 977-5862
Now open in their co-op tasting room, they serve a Rose of Zinfandel as well as Carignan, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Syrah-Merlot blend. For more information and a current list of what’s being poured in their tasting room you can visit them at: http://www.wyattoakswinery.com
Koi Zen Cellars 12225 World Trade Drive Suite P San Diego CA 92128 (858) 381-2675
Located in Carmel Mountain Ranch, this urban winery makes wines from grapes grown elsewhere in the state. Open Wednesday through Sunday, they feature Chardonnay and a white named Symphony blended with Muscat and Grenache. For reds they pour Petite Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their website is: http://www.koizencellars.com
Rose’s Tasting Room 2754 Calhoun St. San Diego 92110 (619) 293-7673
Located in Old Town State Historic Park, this tasting room features a rotating selection of wines produced by San Diego County vintners. Open daily with extended hours, you can find out what their current selections are online: http://www.rosestastingroom.com
Gianni Buonomo Vintners 4836 Newport Avenue San Diego CA 92107 (619) 991-9911
With a new tasting room in the Ocean Beach community of San Diego, they offer some surprising wines: while whites of Sauvignon Blanc and Symphony are produced off-site from Central Coast grapes as well as a Barbera and a Zinfandel from Amador County, most of their reds are unique and come from grapes grown in Washington State: Blaufrankish, Sangiovese and blends of Cabernet Suvignon, Petite Verdot, Mourvedre and Syrah. Open Wednesday through Sunday, you can reach them at: http://www. gbvintners.com
Zilaro Cellars 1113 Adella Avenue Coronado CA 92118 (619) 437-7969
The only dedicated wine tasting room in Coronado, Zilaro features wines that are made in Temecula from grapes grown in Temecula and Paso Robles. They poor Sauvingnon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. They have reds from the Central Coast region: Cabernet Sauvingnon and Malbec as well as a Pinot Noir grown in Temecula. They are open later hours and you can get more information at: http://www.zilarocellars.com
Orfila Vineyards & Winery 13455 San Pasqual Road Escondido CA 92025 (760) 738-6500
San Diego County’s most decorated winery. Ambassador Alejandro Orfila purchased the winery in 1994 and has won numerous awards since then. On the white side, they feature impressions of Pinot Blanc and Grenache Blanc as well as a selection of sweeter whites. Reds feature Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Dessert wines include a Tawny Port and a late harvest Syrah. You can visit their website: http://www.orfila.com/
Altipiano Vineyards 20365 Camino Del Aguila Escondido CA 92025 (619) 857-7242
Located in the Highland Valley, Denise and Peter offer classic reds from their estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo as well as a Super Tuscan blend. Their patio is perfect for gatherings and events. Their website is: http://www.altipianovineyard.com
Cordiano Winery 15732 Highland Valley Road Escondido CA 92025 (760) 480-6673
Cordiano offers several red wines: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot and Zinfandel as well as their first red blend named Trinity. They also feature a Chardonnay and a dessert Mucscat Canelli. Their Oven Fired Pizzas are classics and the view from the patio is breath taking and is made for larger events. For more information contact: http://www.cordianowinery.com/
Espinosa Vineyards 15360 Bandy Canyon Rd. Escondido CA 92025 (619) 772-0156
Featuring an underground tasting room and outdoor patio, Espinosa currently features wines made from grapes from all over California. In additon to their white and red blends they feature Garnacha, Monastreli, Syrah and Merlot.. Open on weekends only, call and check for availability as wines run out fast. Their website is: http://www.espwines.com
Highland Valley Vineyards 15412 Bandy Canyon Road Escondido CA 92025 (858) 531-6589
Overlooking the San Pasqual Valley, picturesque Highland Valley Vineyards serves several big reds from both San Diego County and from grapes grown elsewhere in the state including: Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvingnon and Petite Sirah. Their tasting room is available for tasting on most Saturdays & Sundays and by appointment. To schedule a tasting, call or contact Ray & Jeannine through the web at: http://www.highlandvalleyvineyards.com
Domaine Artefact Vineyard 15404 Highland Valley Road Escondido CA 92025 (619) 992-8034
The newest tasting room in the upcoming Highland Valley area, they feature Rhone style varietals including Grenache Blanc, Vioginer, Rousanne and Marsanne for whites. Reds include Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre. These wines are coming into the tasting room as well as wines made from grapes brought in from other areas. Their website is: http://www.domaine-artefactwine.com
Hungry Hawk Vineyards 3255 Summit Drive Escondido 92025 (760) 489-1758
Newly established with a beautiful tasting room located above San Pasqual Valley, they pour a Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Grenache and an interesting Blueberry wine. To get more information contact: http://www.hungrywawkvineyards.com
BK Cellars 2225 Barham Dr. Suite D Escondido CA 92029 (760) 270-9851
One of the Uber Trendy directions of the current wine scene is Urban Wineries and BK Cellars does this well. Set in an industrial area of West Escondido, they offer several selections of grapes from throughout California but the wines are made in North San Diego County. They pour a Rose, Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay. For reds, they offer a Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and an outstanding red blend. They also pour a dessert style sweet wine. the room is open evenings and by appointment. For more information, you can check their website at: http//www.bkcellars.com
Keys Creek Winery 27118 N Broadway Escondido CA 92026 (442) 777-3414
An ultra-premium experience on their comfortable oak shaded patio, Keys Creek features just three reds: Zinfandel, Syrah and Sangiovese. They also feature a Rose. Their acreage is small but allows for some big bold wines that have come to signify San Diego County. They can be reached at their website: http://www.keyscreekwinery.com
Vesper Vineyards 298 Enterprise St. Suite D Escondido CA 92029 (760) 749-1300
A new winery with an urban tasting room, Vesper features wines from grapes grown in San Diego County. Featuring a Rose and a Rose blend, they also bottle a Chardonnay grown from Ramona Valley grapes…something not seen for awhile. Other exceptional wines are Carignan, Syrah, Vermentino, Mouvedre as well as Sangiovese. More information is available at: http;//www.vespervineyards.com
Stehleon Vineyards 298 Enterprise St. Suite D Escondido CA 92029 (760) 741-1246
Sharing a tasting room with Vesper, Stehleon currently offers a Sauvingon Blanc made from grapes grown in Valley Center with additional vintages of Grenache Blanc, Torrontes and Sangiovese from throughout the County. More details are at: http://www.stehleonvineyards.com
Triple B Ranches 15030 Vesper Road Valley Center CA 92082 (760) 749-1200
Set among the orange groves, it is one of the few wineries in Valley Center. They offer Viognier as well as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Vermentino and Montepulciano. Visit their tasting room Fridays through Sundays or by appointment. You can find them at: http://www.triplebranches.com
Hill Top Winery 30803 Hilltop View Ct. Valley Center CA 92082 (858) 405- 9314
Tucked away on the east side of Valley Center, Hill Top was started in 2006 and produces wines made from grapes grown in the Valley Center/Rincon area. They make a Mertage from estate Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and a cool white Muscat that is refreshing but not too sweet. They have several vintages available and their tasting room is open Friday through Sunday. More information is at: http//www.hilltopwinery.com
Blue Merle Winery (no tasting room) (no phone)
No wonder nobody knows about the work that Craig is doing in the hills of Escondido…the winery property is unable to accommodate a tasting room, so they do several local events and their wines are available online and at several stores in Escondido. Featured are: estate Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Grenache. They also make wines from grapes brought in from other areas including Petite Verdot and several that are uncommon for the area: Nebbiolo, Mourvedre, Montepluciano and Aglianico. Get a hold of them through their website; http;//www.bluemerlewinery.com
Estate D’Iacobeli 2175 Tecalote Drive Fallbrook CA 92028 (760) 723-0616
Featuring wines grown and produced in Temecula, they pour a Viognier, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, a late harvest Viognier and a red blend named Rodolfo Red. Wines based on newly planted estate vines is away off yet. You can contact them at: http://www.estatediacobelli.com
Deer Park Winery 29013 Champaigne Boulevard Escondido CA 92026 (760) 749-1666
Deer Park offers a Sangiovese Rose, traditional Sangiovese, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay as well as a Merlot Port and a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Make sure you call them first to verify winery hours as their schedule can be spotty and on weekends only. More information is at: http://www.deerparkwine.com
Schwaesdall Winery 17677 Rancho De Oro Road (at Hwy 67) Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-7547
A unique feature among the area’s wineries, the tasting room is made of stucco covered straw bales. Under the Ramona Winery label they feature a Chardonnay from Monterey County, a white blend and a White Zinfandel. In reds, they offer a Harvest Red Table Wine, a blend of Cabernet and Grenache. Under the Schwaesdall Winery label you will find their Ramona Red, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, Gamay, and Mourvedre. Cuvee de Oro contains Mourvedre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Beyond blends, they offer a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Carignan and an Orange Muscat Port which is unique for this area. You can also contact them at: http://www.schwaesdallwinery.com/
Chuparosa Vineyards 910 Gem Lane Ramona CA 92065 (760) 788-0059
This winery features several outstanding full bodied reds: Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. They also produce a surprisingly dry Rose Blend and a wonderful North Block Blend that compares to a Super Tuscan. Also added is their first white: Albarino Join them on weekends on their tasting patio or in their beautiful tasting room. More information is at: http://www.chuparosavineyards.com
Hacienda De Las Rosas Winery 18011 Bluegrass Road Ramona CA 92065 (619) 840-5557
With a tasting room at their estate in Ramona, they feature whites: including Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Chardonnay and a Muscat Canelli. Here reds take up quite a bit of the stable: Their signature ‘Primera Rosa‘ features a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah. They also feature a Reserve Sangiovese and feature vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sirah and Petite Sirah. For directions and tasting room hours, visit: http://www.sdwinery.com
Eagles Nest Winery 18261 Chablis Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 505-8229
With a tasting room that is open on weekends, Eagles Nest features a Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Picpoul Blanc for white offerings. For red, their varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. You can reach them at: http://www.eaglesnestwinery.com
Pamo Valley Vineyards & Winery 603 Main Street Ramona CA 92065 (760) 271-3090
Available in their tasting room in Downtown Ramona, Pamo Valley’s small production means featured wines change frequently but often features Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot. Whites include a Chardonnay, Grenache and a Orange Muscat/Viognier blend. More information is available at: http://www.pamovalleyvineyards.com
Woof n Rose Winery 17073 Garjan Lane Ramona CA 92065 (760) 788-4818
One of the many wineries on the west side of the Ramona Valley, they feature a Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache Noir and ‘Eglantine’ an award winning blend of both their Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well as a blend named appropriately enough: Puppy Love. The winery is open weekends and you can make an appointment for a tasting as well as get specific directions. Their wines are also featured in local wine shops, restaurants and at local wine tasting events. You can contact them directly at: http://www.woofnrose.com
Mahogany Mountain Vineyard & Winery 14905 Mussey Grade Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 788-7048
You have to look for this one: tucked a few miles South off Highway 67, this winery features Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Zinfandel. as well as a white Zinfandel and a wonderful port style dessert wine. Open weekends in their tasting room. Contact them at: http://www.mahoganymountain.com
Edwards Vineyard and Cellars 26502 Highway 78 Ramona CA 92065 (760) 788-6800
Located on a hillside half way to Julian, this winery has a quaint tasting stand just off Highway 78. The wines that are featured include: Syrah, and Petite Syrah. You may want to call them first as they often sell out and close their tasting room until the next year’s selections are produced. For more information, their website is: http://www.edwardsvineyardandcellars.com
Ramona Ranch Winery 23578 Highway 78 Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-1622
Located between Ramona and Julian, Ramona Ranch offers high quality, small batch wines from their tasting patio which is open on Saturdays only. They offer a Rose, Sauvingnon Blanc, Chardonnay and a Muscat of Alexandria as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petite Syrah a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Super Tuscan which is outstanding. For the latest information, go to: http://www.ramonaranch.net
Kohill Winery 17211 Highlander Drive Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-1042
Located in a semi-residential subdivision, they offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Syrah, a Sauvignon Blanc blend and a red blend called Aurora’s Red. Also featured is a sweet dessert wine featuring a blend of Sauvingnon Blanc and Semillion…a wine rarely found in this County. Find them at: http://www.kohill.com
Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery 18750 Littlepage Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0738
Another entry to the Ramona tasting room scene, Milagro Farm operates their tasting room on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. They offer several whites including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay. They also have numerous reds including several that are estate grown: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a dessert oriented Aleatico as well a several blends. Their website is: http://milagrofarmwinery.com/
Highland Hills Winery 18545 Rangeland Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0059
Although the tasting room is fairly new, the McClellan family has been growing grapes for several years and are now producing dry wines for their own tasting room. A Rhone White blend is featured and some reds including Petite Syrah and Barbera. They also have a Rose and a Muscat of Alexandria. More information is available at: http://www.highlandhillswinery.com.
Principe Di Tricase 18425 Highland Valley Road Ramona CA 92065 (858) 336-0663
Alfredo has brought a slice of Italy to the Ramona Valley. Unique Varietals done in the Classic Style include: Aglianico, Aletico Cabernet Franc, Nibbiolo, Barbera and Syrah. They also pour a Rose of Aglianico. For more information on their weekend tasting room hours (and their Christmas Tree farm) you can look at their website: http;//www.pineandwine.com
Turtle Rock Ridge Winery 18351 Woods Hill Lane Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-5555
Open on Friday and Saturdays, Turtle Rock Ridge features Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay for whites; reds are: Merlot, Sangiovese, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel and Tempranillo along with several blends. They also offer a dessert wine called Chocolate Turtle. You can reach them at: http://www.turtlerockridge.com
Hellanback Ranch and Vineyard 17287 Oak Hollow Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-9586
Featuring a Rose, they feature wines made mostly from grapes grown at Altipiano and blended on site: Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah. For more information on their weekends only wine tasting: http://www.hellanbackranch.com
Vineyard Grant James 25260 Old Julian Highway Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-2733
Located between Ramona and Julian, this new winery pours several blends featuring: Petite Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. They also bring in some of the varietals not usually seen around here: Greco, Refusco and Nebbiolo. They also feature an interesting white blend of Chardonnay and Orange Muscat. More details are on their website: http//www.vineyardgrantjames.com
Cactus Star Vineyard 17029 Handlebar Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0779
Another Weekend-only tasting room (or by appointment) they pour selections of Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Aglianico and a Mertiage comprised of: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petite Verdot. You get find directions to their tasting room on the website: http://www.cactusstarvineyard.com
Poppaea Vineyard & Winery 25643 Old Julian Highway Ramona CA 92065 (858) 357-1741
Following the name of a Roman princess, Poppaea features many Italian style reds including Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepluciano, Primitivo, Sangiovese and a unique varietial not found here: Sagrantino. They blend these in many interesting combinations. Although young, this winery will evolve and stand the test of time. Their evolving website is: http://www.poppaea-vineyard.com
La Finquta Winery 23123 Vista Ramona Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 896-4014
Located on the cusp of San Diego County Estates, Their current wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Malbec. They also feature Sauvingnon Blanc and a Rose of Syrah. Their slushies made with local white and red wine are fast becoming local legend. See more at: http://www.lafinquitawinery.com
Lenora Winery 251 Steffy Lane Ramona CA 92065 (760) 788-1388
Lenora has a large selection of wines including blends and rose’. whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat of Alexandria. Reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Their outdoor tasting area lets you enjoy the true vineyard experience. Their website is: http://www.lenorawinery.com
Hatfield Creek Vineyards 1625 Highway 78 Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-1102
Growing and blending Zinfandel and Petite Syrah grapes, Hatfield Creek has a well appointed tasting room that is open on Fridays and weekends. For an added taste of the vineyard, they also allow you to “sponsor” a vine or a row. For more information on their ‘adoption’ program or their wines, search: http://www.hatfieldcreekvineyards.com]
Barrel 1 Winery 1007 Magnolia Avenue Ramona CA 92065 (858) 204-3144
All of Barrel 1’s wines are 100% estate grown and feature Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. With a new tasting bar on their estate just north of town, they are expanding as one of the valley’s latest wineries that feature grapes grown exclusively in Ramona. To reach them: http://www.barrel1.com
Location: Julian/Warner Springs Area
Volcan Mountain Winery 1255 Julian Orchards Drive Julian CA 92036 (760) 365-7267
Under new ownership, the winery has several whites: Chenin Blanc, Vognier and Chardonnay and several reds: Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon made from Temecula grapes. They also feature a couple of red blends and a couple from the Former J. Jenkins estate: Dolcezza (Apple wine) and an apple-like port called Pommier. Their website is: http//www.volcanmountainwinery.com
Menghini Winery 1150 Julian Orchards Drive Julian Ca 92036 (760) 765-2072
Established in 1982, their tasting room is a wonderfully appointed old barn. Menghini hosts several events including the annual Julian ‘Grape Stomp’ each September. Mostly featuring whites, they have Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli and a Rose. For reds, Menghini has bottled vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. You can look up more information at: http://www.menghiniwinery.com
Witch Creek Tasting Room 2000 Main Street Julian CA (760) 765-2023
The ladies in the Julian tasting room are a hoot! See notes for Witch Creek Winery below.
Orfila Tasting Room 2000 Main Street Julian CA 92036 (760) 765-0102
See notes for Orfila Vineyards & Winery above.
Blue Door Winery Tasting Room 2608 B Street Julian CA 92036 (760) 765-0361
See notes for Blue Door Winery above.
Julian Wine & Chocolate 4470 Julian Road (Highway 78) Julian CA 92036 (760) 885-8364
Located in Wynola in the Julian Station complex, this tasting room features local wines including several from those that don’t have their own tasting rooms. The selection changes as availability changes but Dustin and Albert make your stop here a pleasant one and are extremely knowledgeable about the wines they pour. More information is at: http://www.julianwineandchocolate.com
Shadow Mountain Vineyards 34680 Hwy 79 South Warner Springs CA 92086 (760) 782-0778
Look for the signs when approaching Sunshine Junction, Go about half a mile on a dirt road to the vineyard. Alex and Pam have several outstanding wines that grace their tasting room. Their Viognier is unique, flavorful and winner of a Silver medal at the State Fair Wine Competition. Their Old Vine Zinfandel is wonderfully full with a rich fruit nose and smooth finish. Their cellars also include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignane and Merlot. Also featured is ‘Old Gus Red Table Wine’ a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Barbera. Another blend is ‘Variation 3’, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. For Dessert wines Shadow Mountain features ‘Mystic Muscat’ and ‘Pamela’s Pick’ a 100% Muscat Canelli. They also have a Grand Cuvee sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot and Pinot Blanc grapes. Contact them at: http://www.shadowmountainvineyard.com/
Hawk Watch Winery 27054 Chihuahua Valley Road Warner Springs CA 92086 (951) 326-4692
Mike and Lisa at Hawk Watch winery are in the up and coming area west of Warner Springs which produces excellent wines. Some of their offerings include several whites and a Grenache Rose that is excellent when served chilled as a summer sipper. Their award winning Radar Ridge Syrah is full bodied yet has a soft, full finish. Also featured are: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Petite Syrah and a Cabernet Franc. Their tasting room menu changes frequently and is open Friday through Sunday only. More details are available at: http://www.hawkwatchwinery.com
Sierra Roble Winery 34810 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (760) 456-9463
Located between Sunshine Summit and Warner Springs, they offer four reds for tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a blend titled Ava’s Cuvee featuring a blend of the three. Open on weekends, you can reach them at: http://www.sierraroble.com
Emerald Creek Winery 38642 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (951) 767-1391
Newest tasting room in the Sunshine Summit area, they pour mostly whites including: Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling and Muscat Canelli. They also feature a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Rose named Excalibur. Look them up at: http://www.emeraldcreekwinery.com
La Serenissima – John Tiso Vineyard 35168 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (951) 326-0205
Tiso features wines from grapes grown adjacent to the area in the Temecula Valley. Established in 1998, their estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Arneis. Although they do not have a tasting room, you can contact them for more information on where to obtain their wines or schedule a tasting: http://www.vinotiso.com
Location: NW County & Coast
Witch Creek Winery 2906 Carlsbad Boulevard Carlsbad CA 92008 (760) 720-7499
Lots of variety made from grapes from Guadalupe Valley and various California grapes. Witch Creek usually has well over a dozen different wines being served at their Downtown Carlsbad or Julian locations including at different times: Carignane, Syrah, a Pinot Noir from Monterey County, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and hard to find varietals such as: Nebbiolo, Teroldego and Montepulciano. For whites they have Viognier and Muscat among others. They feature several blends and a Port called Jeeves Reserve. Visit their website: http://www.witchcreekwinery.com
Carruth Cellars 118 S. Cedros Ave. #C Solana Beach CA 92075 (858) 847-9463 Also: 2727 State Street #110 Carlsbad CA 92008
Located in the arts district of Solana Beach and now in their new Carlsbad tasting room, Carruth brings ‘Grapes to the People’ from Central and Northern California to process at their facility near the beach. Their whites are Sauvingnon Blanc and Chardonnay as well as a Rose. They make reds of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Nebbiolo, tempranillo, Barbera, Malbec, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. They also make several blends and ports. Open seven days a week including evenings, you can find more details at: http//www.carruthcellars.com
Solterra Winery & Kitchen 934 Coast Hwy 101 Leucadia CA 92024 (760) 230-2970
A chic urban kitchen with a wine tasting bar, Solterra produces wine locally made from grapes that come from throughout California including Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Merlot. In whites, they offer a Viogner and a Chardonnay as well as a Rose. Be warned: Wine tastings, per se, end at 5:00 PM as their bar & kitchen ramps up for dinner. More information is at: http;//www.solterrawinery.com
Mattucci Winery 3830 Oceanic Dr. #407 Oceanside CA 92056 (760) 305-8435
Blending wines from grapes grown in Paso Robles and Temecula, They feature blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Malbec. Their tasting room is a bit of a find: located in an industrial park on the east side of Oceanside, they have tastings Thursdays through Sundays. You can learn more at: http://www.mattucciwinery.com
Beach House Winery 1534 Sleeping Indian Rd. Oceanside CA 92057 (760) 732-3236
It’s not at the beach nor in a house, but they do make wine at their estate on the border of Oceanside and Fallbrook. Featured are several reds made from grapes that are local, Northern California or from Guadalupe Valley: Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. They also have a Chardonnay and a Rose, Grenache and a Viognier made from grapes grown in San Marcos. Details can be found at: http//www.beachhouse winery.com
Twin Oaks Valley Winery Tasting Room (currently closed) San Marcos CA 92069 (408) 712-0487
Now under new ownership, They are also in the process of aging their newest vintages and expect to be reopened by appointment once wines become bottled and available. Call Malcom for more information.
Location: SE County – Highway 94
Maness Vineyards/Casi Cielo Winery 3044 Colina Verde Lane Jamul CA 91935 (619) 251-1818
Located just outside of Jamul on the historic Vesco Estate, the Maness family are producing wines from their family farm…and those wines take some delicious twists including small batch wines made with Stone Fruit and Orange/Tangerine. The results are fantastic! In addition, they make local Chardonnay and Rose as well as Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet and a red blend featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. They are open on Saturday & Sunday. You can also read more about them at: http://www.manessvineyards.com
Granite Lion Cellars 2824 Jamul Highlands Road Jamul CA 91935 (619) 433-9896
Offering the largest selection of wines in the area, they pour several whites including Sauvingon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and a Rose. For reds they have Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Tannat–which is rare in San Diego County. They are open weekends. Contact them at: http://www.granitelioncellars.com
Dulzura Vineyards & Winery 17323 Highway 94 Dulzua CA 91917 (619) 468-3769
Another new winery along the highway 94 corridor, they are feauring Vioginer and Chardonnay. For reds they pour Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Malbec. Also featured in a sweet Orange Muscat. Reach them at: http://www.dulzurawinery.com
Deerhorn Valley Winery 2516 Honey Springs Road Jamul CA 91935 (619) 468-0030
Although new to the tasting room scene, this winery has been growing wine grapes for awhile. Their grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Zinfandel. Their website is: http://www.deerhornvalleyvineyards.com
Westfall Winery 1910 Buckman Springs Road Campo CA 91906 (619) 454-1711
Near Lake Morena, this new winery has several selections including Viognier, Sauvingnon Blanc, and Muscat. For Reds, they have planted Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Alglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
Available on weekends only, call first for tasting room availability. You can also reach them at: http://www.westfallvineyards.com
Campo Creek Vineyards 29556 Highway 94 Campo CA 91906 (619) 478-2820
Continuing along 94 and near the town of Campo you will find this winery that has produced wine for awhile but the tasting room is more recent. Pouring a Viognier as well as Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot and Syrah. Call first for days and tasting hours as they close the tasting room for several months of the year. More information is available at: http://www.campocreekvineyards.com
I have compiled this information for those interested in touring, tasting and enjoying San Diego County wines and wineries and is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every wine and vintner as they are constantly changing and expanding. Please contact each winery for up to date vintage availability.
Check back here often as new wineries and tasting rooms are opening all the time in San Diego County and will be added as information becomes available.
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