When people think of drinking in San Diego, they probably think of microbreweries before they think of wine. After all, it’s Napa Valley that’s typically considered “wine country” in California. But it would be a mistake to discount the wine scene in San Diego. San Diego has a climate that makes it perfect for grape growing, especially in the North County. Many of the wineries may be urban wineries, but there are rich inland wineries too that offer stunning scenery as well as delicious wine. Here are just 4 great wineries to visit during your time in San Diego:
This urban winery was counted among The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Winemakers to Watch” list in 2014. This was certainly good news to founders Alysha Stehly and Chris Broomell, who opened the winery in 2008 to show San Diego’s value to California’s wine scene. Their wines are something unique that can only be found in Vesper, and thus only in San Diego’s North County region. You can visit their tasting room on Friday or Saturday from 12-6pm or Sunday from 12-5pm. Feel free to try a growler of one of their wines on tap. If you can’t decide on just one wine to try, take a flight.
This winery is tucked away in the hills of Rancho Bernardo, and if you want the whole vineyards and sunsets over the tranquil California countryside experience, this is where you want to go. As you tour the winery, you can visit their lovely gardens or do a little shopping at the gift shop. But of course, the important thing is the wine, and with 2,500 grape vines, Bernardo Winery has plenty of it and in a wide variety. The winery is open every day and they encourage you to take a glass out to the courtyard and soak in the landscape as you sip your wine. Tastings even start at just $12.
Craftsmanship is everything to this family-owned winery in the San Pasqual Valley. The owners, Gerardo and Rosa Cordiano came to America from Italy in the 1970s and initially opened a pizzeria in New York. They fell in love with San Diego in the 1990s and moved there, opening an Italian restaurant and finally, Codiano Valley. Gerardo himself grew up on a winery and uses those cherished childhood memories as a model of what he wants from his business now. Their work with wine is a labour of love and because of that they’re dedicated to excellence. You can visit their winery and sample their Pinot Noir or one of their delicious dessert wines and you can even host a special event like a wedding or party at their vineyards.
Another urban winery, Carruth Cellars sources grapes from Northern and Central California but ferments, crushes, ages, and bottles them to make their delicious wine in their own winery in North County. Adam Carruth, the founder of Carruth Cellars, began as a brewer, but after going to college in wine country, he fell in love with the art of winemaking and took it back with him to San Diego. They have three locations: a tasting room and the original cellar in Carlsbad, a tasting room in Solana Beach, and a wine garden in Little Italy. Each one has a different feel and is perfect for your next event or even just a tasting of their rich red, white, rosé, or dessert wines.
San Diego’s North County has a budding wine scene with a flair all its own. And one of the best ways to enjoy it is from La Jolla. La Jolla is located just minutes outside of downtown San Diego and San Diego’s North County, so you won’t miss a thing. The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is a piece of history here, originally built in 1913 and has hosted a number of honored guests in that time. Come book your own stay and see why we’re one of the premier bed and breakfasts in San Diego. Contact us today to book your stay.
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