Wineries in San Diego You Should Visit
It’s something of an understatement to say that California is a prolific state when it comes to great wine. In fact, our home state is responsible for nearly 85% of all U.S. wine production! And even though most people think of Napa Valley when they think of California wines, the San Diego area has produced some fine bottles as well — many ideal for enjoying the warm sunshine on a bright springtime afternoon. Want to grab your friends and sip some great wines at local tasting rooms? Here’s a look at some wineries in San Diego that are worth checking out.
Gianni Buonomo Vintners (2.6 miles away)
Just minutes from downtown, Gianno Buonomo focuses on wines that reflect the unique and splendid terroir of San Diego — fresh, earthy, and so smooth you can actually taste the sunshine. As the only beachside winery in San Diego, their tasting room, wine production facility and event venue is just steps away from the sand in Ocean Beach. Gianni Buonomo was also recently named “Best Urban Winery” by San Diego Magazine.
4836 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Négociant Winery (6.2 miles away)
Located in lively and vibrant Hillcrest, Négociant finds itself in the perfect neighborhood for the sort of playful and decadent craft-style wines they’re fast becoming known for. Their sparkling Rosé is excellent, as is their Chardonnay — and all of their wines are available in bottles or growlers to go. Négociant’s tasting room also hosts regular live music performances, so you can soak up some local culture while you sip a few vintages.
1263 University Avenue, San Diego CA, 92103
LJ Crafted Wines (8.5 miles away)
The Jooste family of LJ Crafted Wines are fourth-generation wine experts, having managed French-owned vineyards in South Africa prior to arriving in the US a decade ago. Their experience is evident in every bottle. LJ’s tasting room is located just steps from the water in La Jolla, and offers a charcuterie and small plates menu along with enticing samples of their direct-from the barrel Cabernets, Pinots, Chardonnays and many more.
5621 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037
Carruth Cellars (21.7 miles away)
Carruth’s holistic approach to winemaking sees not just a deep range of styles, but also a broad commitment to community. As such, their regularly-released “Pay it Forward” wines are exceptional bottles that also see a portion of proceeds donated to local charitable organizations. One taste of their varietals, and you’ll see why Carruth is one of southern California’s most decorated vineyards in international wine competitions.
118 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Bernardo Winery (28 miles away)
Bernardo is the oldest continually operating vineyard in the region, having produced exquisite vintages since 1889. Since then, Bernardo’s Syrahs, Zinfandels, Chardonnays and other varieties have won multiple awards. You can sample them yourself by making a reservation for one of their tastings. Then, once you’ve grabbed a bottle or three of your favorites, browse the charming shops and artists’ kiosks on the grounds.
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
La Finquita Winery and Vineyard (29.2 miles away)
La Finquita (“The Little Farm”) sits on eight acres of some of the best grape-growing land in Southern California. They offer tours and tastings, as well as bottles of their whimsically named wines (such as the “Puppy Kisses” white blend). Their “Barrel-Kissed” wines are finished in seasoned casks that impart complex, delicious notes.
23123 Vista Ramona Rd, Ramona, CA 92065
Ramona Valley Vineyards (36 miles away)
Nearby Ramona Valley has an absolute abundance of wineries that visitors can enjoy on a day trip to the region. These standout vintners (like Castelli Family Vineyards, Beach House Winery Pamo Valley Winery and Storum Ranch Cider & Wine) all produce superbly delicious bottles, and their tasting rooms are absolutely worth your consideration. In addition, if you happen to have your passport handy — the Villa De Guadalupe region (located just over the border in Mexico) is world-famous for excellent vintages.
Plan Your Wine Tour With Holiday Inn Bayside
In the mood to sip and savor a few glasses of San Diego’s finest wines? We’ll happily host you for your vineyard adventure. Take a look at our Special Offers page at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside to choose the travel offer that’s right for you.