Wineries of San Diego County

WELCOME to the expanded and updated San Diego Wineries page!

This website will help guide you to the over 80 unique boutique wineries and tasting rooms located in the greater San Diego area including: San Diego/La Mesa, Escondido/Valley Center/Fallbrook, Ramona, Julian / Warner Springs, Northwest/Coastal, and Southeastern San Diego County.

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Some of the area’s wineries have tasting rooms that are most days while others offer tastings only on weekends. Most tasting rooms offer tastings for a $10-$15 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 and the varietals they serve.  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!

The Wineries

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 and 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) 500-7757

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 white blend. Featured reds are Syrah, Cabernet and Zinfandel.  They also poor red blends, a Rose and a Port.  You can also reach them through their website: http://www.2plankvineyards.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, Albarino and a Chablis. For sweet white wine drinkers: Muscat, Riesling and White Zinfandel.  In the Red Category, the winery features a Burgundy, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and a Sangiovese.  To round out their collection, Bernardo features a Champagne, a sparkling Muscato Rose and several Ports. http://www.bernardowinery.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: Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Barbera.  Open evenings and weekends and have room for larger events. For more info, their website is: http://www.thebluedoorwinery.com

 

Charlie & Echo  8680 Miralani Drive #113 San Diego CA 92126 (877) 592-9095

Located out in the Miramar area, their rebranded room features sparking and natural wines.  They pour whites, rose and several reds under their Vinavati and Los Pilares labels.  The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday.  Their website is in progress: http://www.charlieandecho.com

 

Fruitcraft 1477 University Ave.  San Diego, CA 92103 (877) 484-6282  Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Located in their recently refurbished tasting room 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.fruitcraft.com

 

Gianni Buonomo Vintners 4836 Newport Avenue San Diego CA 92107 (619) 991-9911

With a tasting room in the Ocean Beach community of San Diego, whites of Sauvignon Blanc and Symphony are produced off-site from Central Coast grapes. Reds produced on site include a Barbera and Zinfandel from Amador County, most of their reds 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

 

India Street Winery 8680 Miralani Drive #129 San Diego CA 92126 (858) 757-9141

A brand new urban tasting room featuring big bold reds and pleasing whites, Dan features a rose of Primitivo, a Pinot Grigio as well as Barbera, Zinfandel and a blend of Barbera and Montipluciano.  Open Wednesday through Sunday and later on Friday and Saturday.  No website yet.

 

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, Pinot Gris, Symphony blended with Muscat and Grenache. For reds they pour Petite Verdot, Merlot, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Their website is: http://www.koizencellars.com

 

Negociant Winery  2419 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego 92104 (619) 535-1747

Serving from their Urban tasting room in North Park, they have several wines sourced from throughout California.  They feature a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Gris and a sweeter white called Symphony.  For reds they offer a red blend made of several different varietials, Barbera, Zinfandel, Syrah as well as a Port.  They also feature small bite plates and coffee bar on-site to cover all the bases.  To find out more:  http://www.negociantwinery.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

 

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, Viognier and a Rose.  A unique offering is their wines made from passion fruit.   Don’t miss Hot Passion, their Habanero Passion Fruit wine.  Reds include blends of Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petite Verdot, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.  A Tawny Port, Sherry 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

 

Location: Escondido-Valley Center-Fallbrook

 

Altipiano Vineyards  20365 Camino Del Aguila Escondido CA 92025  (619) 857-7242

Located in the Highland Valley, Denise and Peter offer classic reds made on their estate:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Petit Sirah, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel as well as a Super Tuscan blend.  Their huge patio overlooking the vineyard is perfect for gatherings and events. Their website is: http://www.altipianovineyard.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 and a Chardonnay.  For reds, they offer a Merlot, Zinfandel, 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

 

Cordiano Winery 15732 Highland Valley Road  Escondido  CA 92025  (760) 469-9463

Cordiano offers several red wines: Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot and Zinfandel as well as their first red blend named Trinity.  They also feature a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio 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

 

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

 

Domaine Artefact Vineyard 15404 Highland Valley Road Escondido CA 92025 (619) 992-8034

One of 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. You can reach them through their website is: http://www.domaine-artefactwine.com

 

Espinosa Vineyards  15360 Bandy Canyon Rd. Escondido CA 92025 (619) 772-0155

Featuring an underground tasting room and outdoor patio, Espinosa currently features wines made from grapes from their estate and from all over California.  In addition to their white and red blends they feature Albarino, Garnacha, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo.  Their ‘In the Black’ port is legendary.  Open on weekends only, call and check for availability as their wines run out fast.  Their website is: http://www.espwines.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.  You can contact them at: http://www.estatediacobelli.com

 

Forgotten Barrel 1120 W. 15th Avenue  Escondido CA 92025 (760) 294-2592

Recently opened on the former Ferrera estate, these wines come from San Diego County and Northern California. Featuring several Chardonnays, Viognier and a Rose, their reds are big and include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.  They also have favorful red blends.  Open weekends, more information can be found at: http://www.forgottenbarrel.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: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Malbec, Syrah, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Sirah.  Their tasting room is available for tasting on Saturdays & Sundays and by appointment.   To schedule a tasting, contact Ray & Jeannine at: http://www.highlandvalleyvineyards.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.  They have Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay for their white selection. Their tasting room is open Friday through Sunday.  http://www.hilltopwinery.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, Malbec, Mourvedre, Grenache and an interesting Blueberry wine. To get more information contact: http://www.hungryhawkvineyards.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 and a Muscat Canelli.  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

 

Old Survey Vineyards 16850 Old Survey Road Escondido CA 92025 (760) 480-7232

Above the San Pasqual Valley, they take grapes from all over San Diego county to make classic style wines:  Pinot Gris, Grenache, Barbera, Mourvedre as well as a GSM and an appropriately named ‘Dirt Road Red’…the winery is a mile back in the hills on a rural road.  To find out the latest, go to http://www.oldsurveyvineyards.com

 

Orfila Vineyards & Winery 13455 San Pasqual Road  Escondido CA 92025  (760) 738-6500

One of San Diego County’s most decorated wineries.   On the white side, they feature impressions of Pinot Blanc, Roussane, Chardonnay and several Rose’s as well as a selection of sweeter whites. Reds feature Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Sangiovese, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Montepluciano and Petite Sirah. Dessert wines include a Tawny Port and a late harvest Syrah.  You can visit their website: http://www.orfila.com

 

Stehleon Vineyards 298 Enterprise St. Suite D Escondido CA 92029 (760) 741-1246

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.  Currently under renovation, their tastings are by appointment. More details are at: http://www.stehleonvineyards.com

 

Sunshine Mountain Vineyard  2286 Sunshine Mountain Road  San Marcos CA 92069 (760) 798-9134

This winery takes wine from the Central Coast areas and blends them with local grapes at their estate above San Marcos.  Producing Rose, Sauvingnon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and two Cuvees they have an excellent patio to enjoy the tasting.  Please visit:  http://www.sunshinemountainwines.com

 

Toasted Oak Vineyards & Winery 190 Red Mountain Lane Fallbrook CA 92028 (760) 420-3678

One of the newest tasting rooms in the Fallbrook area of North County, Toasted Oak pours several big reds made of grapes grown on their estate or at neighboring properties: Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc as well as  several red blends.  Their website is in progress: http://toastedoakvineyards.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, Marsanne 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

 

Vesper Vineyards 298 Enterprise St. Suite D Escondido CA 92029 (760) 749-1300

A newer 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 wines are Carignan, Syrah, Vermentino, Mouvedre as well as  Sangiovese.  Currently undergoing renovation, their tastings are by appointment. More information is available at: http://www.vespervineyards.com

 

Location: Ramona Valley

 

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 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

 

Cactus Star Vineyard  17029 Handlebar Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0779

Pouring selections of Tempranillo, Aglianico and a Mertiage comprised of: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petite Verdot.  You can find directions and hours to their tasting room on their website:  http://www.cactusstarvineyard.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 or by appointment on their tasting patio or in their beautiful tasting room.  More information is at: http://www.chuparosavineyards.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 and Sauvignon 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

 

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 grown and 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/Site/Welcome.html

 

Hatfield Creek Vineyards  1625 Highway 78 Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-1102

Growing and blending Zinfandel and Petite Syrah grapes. They  pouring a Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat, 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 search for them on the web: http://www.hatfieldcreekvineyards.com

 

Hellanback Ranch and Vineyard 17287 Oak Hollow Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-9586

Featuring a Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier for whites, their reds are Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepluciano and Syrah.  They also make several red blends. For more information on their weekends only wine tasting: http://www.hellanbackranch.com

 

Highland Hills Winery 18545 Rangeland Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0059

The McClellan family has been growing grapes for several years and now are 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

 

Kohill Winery   17211 Highlander Drive Ramona CA 92065  (760) 787-1042

Located in a semi-residential subdivision near Mt. Woodson, they offer Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Barbera, Syrah, a Sauvignon Blanc blend and a red blend called Aurora’s Red.   Find them at: http://www.kohill.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, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot, Merlot, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.  They also feature Sauvingnon Blanc and a Muscat Canelli.  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, Sangiovese, Syrah and several red blends.  Their outdoor tasting area lets you enjoy the true vineyard experience.  Reach them through their website:  http://www.lenorawinery.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 of Highway 67, this winery features Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Zinfandel. They also pour a white Zinfandel and a wonderful port style dessert wine.  Open weekends in their tasting room.  Contact them at: http://www.mahoganymountain.com

 

Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery 18750 Littlepage Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 787-0738

Milagro Farm operates their tasting room on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  They offer several whites including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.  In addition to their Rose, they also have numerous reds including several that are estate grown: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, dessert oriented Aleatico and Vermouth as well a several blends.  Their website is: http://milagrofarmwinery.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

 

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

 

Principe Di Tricase 18425 Highland Valley Road Ramona CA 92065 (760) 315-8872

Alfredo has brought a slice of Italy to the Ramona Valley. Unique varietals done in the classic style include: Aglianico, Aletico, Vigonier, Moscato, 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

 

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 and Sundays. They offer a Rose, Viognier, Sauvingnon Blanc, Chardonnay and a Muscat blend as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Super Tuscan which is outstanding.  For the latest, go to:  http://www.ramonaranch.net

 

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.  They feature a Chardonnay, a white blend and a White Zinfandel.  In reds, they offer a Harvest Red Table Wine, a blend of Cabernet and Grenache.  You will also 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, Zinfandel, Carignan and an Orange Muscat Port. You can also contact them through the web at: http://www.schwaesdallwinery.com

 

Turtle Rock Ridge Winery  18351 Woods Hill Lane Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-5555

Open on Friday and Saturdays, Turtle Rock Ridge features Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for whites; reds are: Merlot, Sangiovese and several red blends.  They also offer a dessert wine called Chocolate Turtle.  You can reach them at: http://www.turtlerockridge.com

 

Vineyard Grant James  25260 Old Julian Highway Ramona CA 92065 (760) 789-2733

Located between Ramona and Julian, this winery pours several blends featuring: Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, 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 as well as pouring a Viognier.  More details are on their website: http://www.vineyardgrantjames.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 Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache Noir and ‘Eglantine’, a 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

 

Location: Julian/Warner Springs Area

 

Blue Door Winery Tasting Room  2608 B Street Julian CA 92036 (760) 765-0361

See tasting notes for Blue Door Winery above.

 

Emerald Creek Winery 38642 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (951) 767-1391

The newest tasting room in the Sunshine Summit area, they pour whites including: Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling and Muscat Canelli. They also feature a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a Rose named Excalibur. You can look them up at: http://www.emeraldcreekwinery.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.  Some of their offerings include Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, a Grenache Rose and an estate Orange Muscat.  Their reds include Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, 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

 

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

 

La Serenissima – John Tiso Vineyard  35168 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (951) 326-0205

Featuring 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

 

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 on the web: http://www.menghiniwinery.com

 

Orfila Tasting Room  2000 Main Street  Julian CA 92036 (760) 765-0102

See notes for Orfila Vineyards & Winery above.

 

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: Viognier, Old Vine Zinfandel, 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. For Dessert wines, they feature ‘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

 

Sierra Roble Winery 34810 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 (760) 456-9463

Located between Sunshine Summit and Warner Springs, they offer a Rose and several reds for tasting:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and several blends including one titled Ava’s Cuvee.  Open on weekends on their scenic patio, you can reach them at: http://www.sierraroble.com

 

Volcan Mountain Winery  1255 Julian Orchards Drive  Julian CA 92036  (760) 365-7267

Under new ownership, the winery has several whites: Muscat Canelli, Vognier and Chardonnay and a Rose.  Also poured are several reds: Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes from across Southern California.  They 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 for more information is: http://www.volcanmountainwinery.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.

 

Location: NW County & Coast

 

2 Plank Winery 2379 La Mirada Drive  Vista CA 92081 (760) 295-6612

See notes for 2 Plank under San Diego area wineries above.

 

Beach House Winery  1534 Sleeping Indian Rd. Oceanside CA 92057 (760) 732-3236

They 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, Cbaernet Franc, Malbec and Zinfandel.  They also have a Chardonnay and a Rose, Grenache and a Viognier.  Details at:  http://www.beachhousewinery.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, Viognier and Chardonnay as well as a Rose.  They make reds of Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, 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

 

Mattucci Winery 3830 Oceanic Dr. #407 Oceanside CA 92056 (760) 305-8435

Blending wines from grapes grown all over California, They feature blends of Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Primitivo and Merlot.  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

 

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 and Baja California under their various labels.  They also feature cask wines that go from the barrel directly to your glass.  Be warned:  Wine tastings, per se, end at 5:00 PM as their bar & kitchen ramps up for dinner.  Iinformation is at: http://www.solterrawinery.com

 

Twin Oaks Valley Winery Tasting Room (currently closed)  San Marcos CA 92069  (408) 712-0487

They are in the process of aging their newest vintages of local Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc and expect to be reopened with tasting rooms in San Marcos and Oceanside once wines become bottled and available.  Call Malcom for more information.

 

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 at different times:  Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Tanat, Malbec, Primitivo, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.  For whites they have Viognier and Muscat among others.  They feature several blends and a Port called Catatawny.  Visit their website:  http://www.witchcreekwinery.com

 

Location: SE County – Highway 94

 

Campo Creek Vineyards 29556 Highway 94 Campo CA 91906 (619) 402-8733

Along highway 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 Viognier and a Rose as well as Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot and Syrah. Call first for days and tasting hours as they close the tasting room from time to time. More information is available at: http://www.campocreekvineyards.com

 

Deerhorn Valley Winery  2516 Honey Springs Road Jamul CA 91935 (619) 468-0030

Although newer to the tasting room scene, this winery has been growing wine grapes for awhile.  Their grapes include Sauvingnon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel as well as two versions of Rose.  Their website is: http://www.deerhornvalleyvineyards.co

 

Dulzura Vineyards & Winery 17323 Highway 94 Dulzua CA 91917 (619) 468-3769

Another newer winery along the highway 94 corridor, they are featuring Vioginer, Riesling and Chardonnay. For reds they pour Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Malbec.  Also featured is a sweet Orange Muscat. You can reach them at: http://www.dulzurawinery.com

 

Granite Lion Cellars 2824 Jamul Highlands Road Jamul CA 91935 (619) 933-3268

Offering of the larger selections 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, 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

 

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 including small batch wines made with Stone Fruit and Orange/Tangerine.  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

 

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, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc.  Available on weekends only, call first for tasting room availability.  Reach them at: http://www.westfallvineyards.com

 

Tasting Notes

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.

For questions or to update any of the information listed, please email: sdwinenroads(at)yahoo(dot)com

 

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