Best San Diego Wineries 2012

California is well known for it’s wine, and here in San Diego Wine Country, we have some of the best wineries around! Take a look at our list of some of our favorite wineries located in or near the San Diego area. To learn more about specific winery events and details, please click on the appropriate link. Cheers!

Bernardo Winery

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego CA 92128

Look around the centuries-old buildings, explore the wide selection of studios, galleries and shopping in the village and round the day out with a wine tasting and chocolate pairing in the tasting room.

Cordiano Winery 

15732 Highland Valley Rd
Escondido, CA 92025

Nestled in the hills of the San Pasqual Valley you will find Cordiano Winery, a family-owned and operated vineyard that takes pride in the craftsmanship of good wine & of the labor practiced for ages in the old country.

Deer Park Winery

29013 Champagne Blvd
Escondido, California 92026

Deer Park annually produces and releases award-winning estate wines available for wine tasting weekends as one of the top things to do in San Diego County (and minutes from Riverside and Los Angeles).  The on-site Auto Museum features hundreds of vehicles and Americana collections, and is the recipient of the Antique Automobile Club of America trophy for excellence.

Dube Vineyards 

2516 Honey Springs Rd.
Jamul, CA 91935

Dubé Vineyards is a San Diego winery located in the Jamul community of Deerhorn Valley, California, about 22 miles (as the crow flies) east of downtown San Diego (about 31 miles by car).  They were the first bonded winery in Jamul.

Fallbrook Winery 

2554 Via Rancheros
Fallbrook, CA 92028

A leader in California’s emerging South Coast wine region, Fallbrook Winery has the ideal microclimate for creating award-winning wines. Since its inception in 1981, Fallbrook Winery has focused on creating wines from a number of varietals that grow well in the local climate.

Ferrara Winery 

1120 West 15th Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025

The Ferraras are the the oldest active grape-growing, wine-making family in San Diego County, supplying premium quality wines to California since 1932. Because of this uniqueness, the State of California designated the Winery a State Historical Point of Interest in 1971.

Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery 

2754 Calhoun Street
San Diego, CA 92110

This family owned winery features a Peruvian Paso horse ranch and vineyards in Ramona, and wine tasting room in historic Old Town, San Diego. The motto here is “Drink Fine Wine… Ride Fine Horses.”

Hawk Watch Winery 

27054 Chihuahua Valley Rd
Warner Springs, CA 92086

Hawk Watch Winery is a small mountain winery in Warner Springs that offers an incredibly intimate wine tasting experience to the public. The wines are hand-crafted from only the finest fruit using hands-on, old world winemaking techniques. In its’ first year of operation their inaugural wines won 13 medals in regional, national and international competitions.

J Jenkins Winery 

1255 Julian Orchards Drive
Julian, CA 92036

The J. Jenkins Winery is on 10 acres located two miles north of Julian in a picturesque valley with views of Volcan Moutain. The winery property includes a new wine production building and a tasting room in a rustic apple orchard and a vineyard with Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir grapes.

Kohill Winery 

17211 Highlander Drive
Ramona, California 92065

Escape to a place as delicious to the eyes as to the palate, Kohill Vineyard and Winery. The intimate tasting room hosts a magnificent collection of boutique vintages to be enjoyed at the charming wine bar or outdoor patio overlooking Ramona’s majestic Valley of the Sun and three acres of lush plant life and vineyard. Just forty minutes north of San Diego, Kohill is a stunning, destination winery that warms the heart and inspires the senses.

Lenora Winery 

251 Steffy Lane
Ramona, California 92065

Lenora Winery showcases the premium wine grapes of the Ramona Valley’s small vineyards. Visit the wine tasting room and picnic area beneath their grape arbor, located on 251 Steffy Lane in our vineyard featuring 8 different winegrapes just one mile from old town Ramona.

Mohagony Mountain Vineyards 

14905 Mussey Grade Road
Ramona, California 92065

Mahogany Mountain Vineyard and Winery is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in limited production of handcrafted fine wines from their estate-grown Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Zinfandel. The vineyards are located on 43 acres in a picturesque and sunny high valley in Ramona, California surrounded by mountains.

Milagro Farms Vineyards 

18750 Littlepage Road
Ramona, California 92065

Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery brings estate grown award winning winemaking to the Ramona Valley, east of San Diego in Southern California. Founded in 2001 by San Diegans, Kit and Karen Sickels, Milagro Farm is a miracle property: farmed on what was once granite fields and oak trees and having survived two wild fires, the 100 acre boutique winery is home now to olive trees, apple trees, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, and of course, vineyards.

Old Coach Vineyards 

19050 Old Coach Way
Poway, CA 92064

A family operation of award winning wines, Old Coach Vineyards is dedicated to making excellent micro-boutique wines. Planted on virgin terroir, the vineyards are nestled in San Diego ’s foothills just far enough from the coast to benefit from a temperate coastal microclimate without being smothered by Pacific fog. The vineyards’ elevation and North facing slope help balance a warm South Coast sun.

Orfila Winery 

13455 San Pasqual Road
Escondido, CA 92025

Orfila Vineyards & Winery is an award-winning boutique winery nestled in the pristine San Pasqual Valley agricultural preserve, approximately 30 minutes north of San Diego, just 5 minutes off the I-15, on the way to the Wild Animal Park. Executive Winemaker Justin Mund and his team produce premium Rhône-style wines from grapes grown on the hillside estate.

Pamo Valley Winery

603 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

At Pamo Valley Winery, they are very passionate about making premium wines that are pleasing to the palate. They believe that wine is feminine by its very nature. Wine is a gift from Mother Nature. When crafted by capable human hands, and well made, it is a joy. The winemaking philosophy at Pamo Valley Winery is to keep the wines approachable and enjoyable by a broad spectrum of the wine drinking public, consciously making the wines “female friendly”.

Roadrunner Ridge 

4233 Rosa Rancho Lane
Rainbow, Ca 92028

Road Runner Ridge is a new California winery bonded this year and located in North San Diego County. It is nestled on a hillside 10 minutes south of Temecula and 10 minutes east of Fallbrook. The Rainbow area is untouched by the hustle and bustle of modern day. Our vineyard lies on a rocky, clay hillside at 1500 feet. Warm days with afternoon breezes ripen the grapes and the coastal influence provides cool evenings for quality grapes.

Salerno Winery 

17948 Highway 67
Ramona, Ca 92065

Salerno Winery is small family-owned boutique winery in the Ramona. Their historic adobe ranch house overlooks the rolling hills of Ramona at elevations above 1,500 feet. Rich soils and a unique micro-climate yield premium grapes. Due to Ramona’s special terroir this area has been recognized with its own AVA (appellation), Ramona Valley.

San Pasqual Winery 

8364 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91942

The traditions and history of San Diego inspire those at San Pasqual Winery to create wines that evoke the simple yet refined days of haciendas and ranchos of Old California. Their goal is to contribute to “America’s Finest City” by bringing enjoyable, quality wine to the tables of friends, neighbors, and community.

Scaredy Cat Ranch 

17029 Handlebar RD
Ramona, CA 92065

Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch is located on the western side of the Ramona Valley AVA. The vineyard is approximately 25 miles ‘as the crow flies’ from the Pacific Ocean. Far enough from the coast to have consistent sunny and warm days for optimal ripening, but yet close enough to get a coastal influence at night and morning. A typical summer day at Scaredy Cat Ranch is foggy in the morning, sunny during the day, and cool at night.

Schwaesdall Winery 

17677 Rancho De Oro Rd. (at Hwy. 67)
Ramona, California 92065

The Ramona Valley is known as “The Valley of the Sun” and is called the Rhone Valley of California and has the same soil type as Sonoma. John Schwaesdall, A San Diego native, started making wine from some of the old vineyards in Ramona that were planted in 1950′s. He since has planted 4 1/2 acres of various red and white wine grapes. The vineyard lies among gigantic granite boulders that are found predominately in the Ramona/Mt. Woodson area of San Diego.

Sunshine Mountain Vineyards 

2286 Sunshine Mountain Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

Sunshine Mountain Vineyard is a San Marcos winery located in gentle hills above the community of San Marcos, California. This pristine site – roughly halfway between San Diego to the south and Temecula to the north – is situated about 15 miles inland on the relatively undeveloped fringes of San Marcos proper. The Vineyard’s tranquil setting and tiered layout result in captivating views, secluded event spaces, and above all, truly fantastic wines.

Triple B Ranches 

15030 Vesper Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

Triple B Ranches is focused on promoting local agriculture and keeping it in San Diego, endorsing local business, growing the local economy and supporting the community, by producing exceptional wines. We hope you’ll raise a glass to the work, the craft and the tradition that brings only the best wine to the bottle.

Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard and Winery 

18351 Woods Hill Lane
Ramona, CA 92065

On a majestic hillside stands the sacred face of Turtle Rock, who watches over the daily planting, cultivating and harvesting of over 3000 vines. Turtle Rock Ridge, Vineyard and Winery, embraces the handcrafted methods of wine making, where every bottle has a story. A libation of wine, a crust of bread and the inspirational ancient granite monument continue to lift the human spirit.

Vinavanti Wines 

9550 Waples Street, Suite 115A
San Diego, CA 92121

Vinavanti Wines was founded on a love of food and wine. The signature brand line is centered on creating wines that not only stand on their own, but also pair especially well with food. For each wine, premium grape varietals are selected, blended together, and tasted in pairing with a specific cuisine to find the perfect balance of aromas, flavors, textures, acidity, and tannins to not only drink wonderfully on their own, but to also perfectly complement food.

Witch Creek Winery 

2906 Carlsbad Boulevard
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Tasting Room and award-winning Witch Creek Winery is located in Carlsbad, CA directly on the historic Highway 101 a block from the beach and the Coaster. Founded in 1993, this boutique winery focuses on quality over quantity, by producing small-lot,handcrafted wines using traditional winemaking techniques. The result is full-bodied well balanced wines rich in flavor that have earned many medals over the years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Orange County Wine Competition.

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