Wine Tourism

California is well known for their wineries, and San Diego has some of the finest in town. Here are my five suggestions of San Diego wineries to visit:

Bernardo Winery Inc.

The 118-year old Bernardo Winery Inc. is the oldest operating winery in Southern California. They were voted the Best Winery in 2007 by the Union-Tribune Readers Poll.The Bernardo Winery offers free wine tasting daily from Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, and 10am-5pm on weekends.

Belle Marie Winery

The Belle Marie Winery is located in Escondido.The winery offers a guided tour to the public, free of charge, on Saturdays at 1pm. Here you’ll see the facilities and equipment and also watch the process of wine making.The tasting room is open from 11am-5pm daily. There is a $5 charge per person for 5 tastes. A souvenir logo glass is included.

San Diego Wine and Culinary Center

Just steps away from the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park in the heart of Downtown is the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center.Enjoy the ambiance, which creates a relaxing atmosphere, while sipping a glass of one of the locally produced wines or that rare wine that you’ve been looking for. They are open Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 9 p.m. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.The wine center is the perfect place to take a date or simply hanging out with friends.

Orfila Vineyards, Inc.

The Orfila Vineyards is located in San Pasqual valley, which is a 30-minute drive from San Diego. Their famous Rhone-style wines have given them over 1,000 awards in National and International competitions.The vineyard sits on a 70-acre hillside estate and has a beautiful view of the San Pasqual valley.They have daily tours and wine tasting. Orfila Vineyards is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Falkner Winery

Up on the hillside of the South Coast Winery in Temecula lies the Falkner Winery. The owners, Ray and Loretta Falkner, opened this winery on July 1, 2000. They produce 10 varieties of wine.One of the best wines they have is the 2003 Meritage. It is a combination of Merlot and Cabernet.Falkner winery is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday, with public tours from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. on weekends. Tours cost $3 per person. Private tours are also available. Call ahead to set time and day.They also host spring and summer Jazz Concerts and have free jazz on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.Wine lovers out there travel everywhere to find the perfect tastes that soothe their palettes. Look no further, because San Diego and its surrounding area have some of the best wines around.