Wine lovers will rejoice to find that San Diego, with its stunning ocean views and relaxed beachside atmosphere, has not only the perfect ambiance for wine tasting, but also some of the best wine in California. Replete with up-and-coming urban wineries, as well as vineyards in the surrounding mountain areas for those willing to make the drive, San Diego is truly a paradise for wine aficionados. Sample delectable white wines, deep, dark reds, and everything in between at one of the many tasting rooms and wineries in San Diego!
Where to Go to Taste the Best
In this unexpectedly fertile wine country, you will find that there are several renowned vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms.
San Diego Cellars
Beginning with a trip to Little Italy in the downtown San Diego area, San Diego Cellars has a charming “old-world meets contemporary class” vibe. They have premium wines available by the glass, bottle, and refillable CRUzer—SDC’s very own eco-friendly swing-top 1000mL wine bottle. San Diego Cellars proudly showcases two original white wines and five original red wines, alongside several guest wines from local vineyards.
The San Diego wine tasting room is open on Monday through Thursday from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, on Fridays from 3:00pm until 11:00pm, on Saturdays from 12:00pm to 11:00pm, and on Sundays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
Gianni Bunomo Vitners
Ocean Beach is the home base of the classy tasting room of Gianni Buonomo Vintners, which held its grand opening in February 2016. With a friendly, personable team of wine experts, you’re sure to enjoy the atmosphere of this establishment—which includes unique details such as recycled wine barrels as décor and easy street front access—as much as the phenomenal quality of its limited wine selection of a Sangiovese, an Avennio, a Maestrale, and a Blaufrankisch. While four wines might not seem like much, the simplicity of their selection has allowed them to focus on the fully-developed flavors for which they have quickly developed their reputation among San Diego wineries.
The tasting room is open on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only, but Wednesday through Friday, you can come in between 1:00pm and 9:00pm for a delightful experience. Gianni Buonomo is also open on Saturdays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm and on Sundays from 12:00pm to 7pm.
San Pasqual Winery
San Pasqual Winery in Seaport Village serves flavorful wine with an ocean view. Sample from the winery’s selection, which consists of seven varieties of white wine, ten types of red wines, three specialty passion fruit wines, and three dessert wines for your choosing. Here, you can feel the breeze coming off of the sea as you look out over the picturesque shopping and sightseeing plaza of Seaport Village.
San Pasqual’s tasting room is open daily from 10:00am until 9:00pm—even on holidays, so you can visit here at any time of the year.
Vinavanti Urban Winery
Vinavanti Urban Winery, the first and only certified organic winemaker in San Diego, is located 10 minutes away from downtown San Diego, in the Hillcrest area. Using locally-grown grapes, native yeast, and natural sulfites, along with forgoing the traditional filtering and oak-barrel aging processes, Vinavanti has created 11 original wines that are sure to stimulate your palate. From whites and sparkling wines to rosés and reds, when you sip a glass from Vinavanti, you’ll experience both intense flavor diversity and ease of mind as you support local San Diego growers and winemakers. The prices here are more than reasonable, with flights starting at $10.00—including a “Build Your Own” flight and the tongue-in-cheek “Yolo” flight, the latter of which allows you to sample all of the available wines for $26.00.
Vinavanti’s San Diego wine tasting room is open Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, with hours adjusted for holidays and private events.
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