Like his father, the former governor of the Argentinian state of Mendoza, Alejandro Orfila chose a life of diplomacy. From 1946 until the early 80s, his various public service roles included Argentine Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States and Argentine Ambassador to Japan. But like his grandfather, a winemaker whose 1905-established winery stands to this day, Alejandro harbored a lifelong love of viticulture. In 1994, Alejandro finally pursued that passion by founding Orfila Vineyards & Winery, a 70-acre hillside estate nestled within a 10,000-acre agricultural preserve in the San Pasqual Valley.
These days, winemaker Justin Mund oversees production on the estate, where grapes grow only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Using both the estate's grapes and others from the California coast, Justin crafts wines that have earned more than 1,300 medals in national and international competitions since the winery's founding. Guests can sample said wines in a tasting room
overlooking the estate, as well as a second location in Downtown Julian. Besides tastings, Orfila hosts events ranging from live concerts to the annual Grape Stomp festival, where folks gather to watch traditional wine-making and grapes gather to hold their annual Shirley Jackson-esque lottery.
Oregon may have the Oregon Trail, but California has a trail that's much more fun for present-day oenophiles. You don't have to ford any rivers or fend off bears to enjoy the Winery Rail Trail, whose railcars ferry riders between 14 wineries in San Diego.
For the trail's passengers, BK Cellars is conveniently situated—it's walking distance from the Nordahl Road Sprinter Station. It's well worth the walk, too. In the winery's industrial-chic environs, visitors can taste wines by the glass or the flight. On Sundays, they can also sway to live piano entertainment and wine bottles getting uncorked on every fourth beat.
Family owned and operated, this boutique winery in north San Diego county produces artisanal, fruit-forward wines. Their boutique bottles are made by harvesting one of two vineyards: the Reidy Creek Vineyard, which contains Zinfandel and Sangiovese grapes, and the Keys Creek Vineyard, which is planted with Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, and Muscat Blanc grapes.
During visits, customers enjoy an intimate tasting surrounded by the vineyard and oak trees, picnics are welcome too.
Enjoy the work and thought of others with a cultural trip to Abnormal Beer Co. in San Diego.
Treat yourself to your favorite tasty beverage or one of our flavorful signature drinks.
Those driving to Abnormal Beer Co. can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
When you get the itch for some culture, stop by here and get your fix of great culture all weekend long.
Your summer picnic will be perfection with the addition of any fine wine from Poway's Bernardo Winery.
Whether you prefer white or red, sweet or dry, Bernardo Winery has wine options for everyone.
Drivers will appreciate the great parking options in the area.
When one glass of wine just isn't enough, head to Poway and shop the impressive selection of reds and whites at Bernardo Winery.
Nature plays a central role in the lives of the
McClellans. As avid gardeners, they relish plunging their hands into the dirt and planting new seeds, especially those for Rhone grape vines. Yet even as the owners of Highland Hills Winery, tending the vineyard isn't their only means of communing with nature. Local coyotes and
birds of prey from the on-site lake help to keep rodents away from the vines and occasionally feed on the grapes, giving the signal that everything is ready for harvest. As a gesture of thanks, the coyote and the surrounding Ramona Grasslands are featured on the labels that adorn Highland Hills' six wines. These barrel-aged styles range from a rich, fruit-forward petit syrah to a bright and citrus-tinged blended white. Every Saturday and Sunday, they're available for sampling in a climate-controlled, ADA-approved tasting room that's furnished with
iron cafe tables and cushioned chairs.