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The Best Places to Drink Natural Wine in San Diego

What is natural wine, you ask?

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Natural wine is a squishy categorization with no official definition, labeling, or governing body, but the term generally applies to wines that have experienced little to no manipulation. That is, wines that use grapes that have been farmed organically or biodynamically, fermented only with native yeasts, and produced without preservatives, colorings, or flavorings.

Sometimes funky, sometimes effervescent, always interesting, natural wine follows alongside other food trends having their moment with a generation of people concerned for their health and the health of the environment. But the word “trend” typically implies new and fleeting, and in no way is natural wine either. Natural wine, for all intents and purposes, is a return to the oldest winemaking methods. A belief that if you let the grapes do their thing, the truest expression of the fruit, the earth, the unique place they’re grown — the terroir if you will — comes through.

Its history is rich and opens you up to grape varieties that are rare and delicious. So, for your drinking pleasure, here are the top spots to find natural wine in San Diego. And as a bonus, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the world of natural wine, check out Nat Diego at the end of this month (June 28 and 29). By all counts, it’s one of the country’s best natural wine festivals and just happens to be right here in San Diego.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dija Mara

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232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-5376
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Widely lauded for its delicious and innovative food, Oceanside’s Dija Mara also boasts an all natural wine list. Featuring some darlings of the natural wine moment, especially some heavy hitters from California wine country, try a glass of the Las Jaras Glou Glou, which as its name suggests, is highly drinkable.

2. Jeune et Jolie

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2659 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 637-5266
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Beverage director Leigh Lacap has a passion for natural wine and prefers to pour wines that have been made with as little intervention as possible. He offers a wide ranging selection, including a Pet Nat (perhaps unfortunately named “Hipster Juice”) that is light, bready, and delicious. Don’t let the names or unknown grapes scare you, there’s a lot on this list worth tasting.

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3. Sans V Tasting Room

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298 Enterprise St suite d
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 741-1246
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If you play it right, you can taste two local producers who make natural wines right here in San Diego. This Escondido tasting room boasts all natural Vesper Vineyards and also, by appointment only, J. Brix wines.

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4. Charlie & Echo

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8680 Miralani Dr UNIT 113
San Diego, CA 92126
(877) 592-9095
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Part of the Miralani Makers’ District, Charlie & Echo (previously Vinavanti) is one of the few natural wine producers in the San Diego County. The winery, which uses grapes from local vineyards, produces popular sparkling wines as well as hard spritzers that can be sampled at its tasting room.

5. Ambrogio15

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926 Turquoise St h
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 291-8650
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Giacomo Pizzigoni, one of the owners of Ambrogio15, is passionate about bringing biodynamic Italian wine to San Diego. The list is almost entirely biodynamic, which is a farming philosophy all about balance and harmony with nature, that he says carries into the winemaking of the bottles he features. Go here to try rare and funky, exclusively Italian wines.

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6. The Fishery

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5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-9985
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The Fishery selects wines in order to showcase producers dedicated to making natural, food- friendly, terroir-driven wines. Their list does an especially good job of traveling the globe; try unique bottles from Turkey, Slovenia or Hungary, all countries with rich wine traditions that aren’t always represented on American lists.

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7. Madison

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4622 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 269-6566
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Perhaps better known for its cocktails, this University Heights hotspot also boasts a great selection of natural wine that are all clearly marked on their menu. Get your hands on anything Bichi makes if you can.

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8. El Jardín

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2885 Perry Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 795-2322
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This popular Liberty Station eatery has an extensive selection of natural wines. With a focus on small producers, women winemakers, and terroir-driven wines, they also have an emphasis on wines from Baja California, which makes their list one of the best ways to try the interesting and delicious wines being made just across the border.

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9. Starlite

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3175 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 358-9766
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One of San Diego’s essential restaurants, Starlite has several natural wines on their list. It fits their overall philosophy to serve as many natural, organic, and biodynamic products as possible, and they are actively adding more and more bottles of natural wine.

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10. CUCINA urbana

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505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2222
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CUCINA urbana has been featuring natural wines for nearly a decade. Beverage director Augusto Ferrarese looks for wines that embody a sense of place, specifically clean winemaking, low manipulation and vintage variation when applicable.

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11. The Rose Wine Bar

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2219 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 281-0718
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The Rose in South Park may just be the center of San Diego’s natural wine universe. The only destination in the city with a completely natural list, this wine bar and bottle shop is basically the platonic ideal for any natural wine lover. Come for the wine, stay for the empanadas.

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12. Nolita Hall

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2305 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-8000
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Anthony Viveros, a co-founder of Nolita Hall, shares a core belief with a lot of natural winemakers and lovers — that no wines should ever taste exactly the same every single vintage. So, while this beer hall may not be on your radar as a wine destination, come here for an interesting selection of natural bottles.

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13. Vino Carta

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2161 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-6589

Vino Carta has a focus on natural and smaller production wines and family-run wineries. This Little Italy gem is a tasting room as well as a bottle shop; its knowledgable staff can help recommend bottles to take home or pour you a glass to drink on site.

Photo by Lyudmila Zotova

1. Dija Mara

232 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Widely lauded for its delicious and innovative food, Oceanside’s Dija Mara also boasts an all natural wine list. Featuring some darlings of the natural wine moment, especially some heavy hitters from California wine country, try a glass of the Las Jaras Glou Glou, which as its name suggests, is highly drinkable.

232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. Jeune et Jolie

2659 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Photo by Kylle Sebree

Beverage director Leigh Lacap has a passion for natural wine and prefers to pour wines that have been made with as little intervention as possible. He offers a wide ranging selection, including a Pet Nat (perhaps unfortunately named “Hipster Juice”) that is light, bready, and delicious. Don’t let the names or unknown grapes scare you, there’s a lot on this list worth tasting.

2659 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

3. Sans V Tasting Room

298 Enterprise St suite d, Escondido, CA 92029
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If you play it right, you can taste two local producers who make natural wines right here in San Diego. This Escondido tasting room boasts all natural Vesper Vineyards and also, by appointment only, J. Brix wines.

298 Enterprise St suite d
Escondido, CA 92029

4. Charlie & Echo

8680 Miralani Dr UNIT 113, San Diego, CA 92126

Part of the Miralani Makers’ District, Charlie & Echo (previously Vinavanti) is one of the few natural wine producers in the San Diego County. The winery, which uses grapes from local vineyards, produces popular sparkling wines as well as hard spritzers that can be sampled at its tasting room.

8680 Miralani Dr UNIT 113
San Diego, CA 92126

5. Ambrogio15

926 Turquoise St h, San Diego, CA 92109
JDixx Photography

Giacomo Pizzigoni, one of the owners of Ambrogio15, is passionate about bringing biodynamic Italian wine to San Diego. The list is almost entirely biodynamic, which is a farming philosophy all about balance and harmony with nature, that he says carries into the winemaking of the bottles he features. Go here to try rare and funky, exclusively Italian wines.

926 Turquoise St h
San Diego, CA 92109

6. The Fishery

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
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The Fishery selects wines in order to showcase producers dedicated to making natural, food- friendly, terroir-driven wines. Their list does an especially good job of traveling the globe; try unique bottles from Turkey, Slovenia or Hungary, all countries with rich wine traditions that aren’t always represented on American lists.

5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

7. Madison

4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
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Perhaps better known for its cocktails, this University Heights hotspot also boasts a great selection of natural wine that are all clearly marked on their menu. Get your hands on anything Bichi makes if you can.

4622 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116

8. El Jardín

2885 Perry Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
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This popular Liberty Station eatery has an extensive selection of natural wines. With a focus on small producers, women winemakers, and terroir-driven wines, they also have an emphasis on wines from Baja California, which makes their list one of the best ways to try the interesting and delicious wines being made just across the border.

2885 Perry Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

9. Starlite

3175 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
Photo by Matt Hoyt

One of San Diego’s essential restaurants, Starlite has several natural wines on their list. It fits their overall philosophy to serve as many natural, organic, and biodynamic products as possible, and they are actively adding more and more bottles of natural wine.

3175 India St
San Diego, CA 92103

10. CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101
Photo by Carissa O’Connor

CUCINA urbana has been featuring natural wines for nearly a decade. Beverage director Augusto Ferrarese looks for wines that embody a sense of place, specifically clean winemaking, low manipulation and vintage variation when applicable.

505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101

11. The Rose Wine Bar

2219 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
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The Rose in South Park may just be the center of San Diego’s natural wine universe. The only destination in the city with a completely natural list, this wine bar and bottle shop is basically the platonic ideal for any natural wine lover. Come for the wine, stay for the empanadas.

2219 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

12. Nolita Hall

2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Photo by Heartwork Hill

Anthony Viveros, a co-founder of Nolita Hall, shares a core belief with a lot of natural winemakers and lovers — that no wines should ever taste exactly the same every single vintage. So, while this beer hall may not be on your radar as a wine destination, come here for an interesting selection of natural bottles.

2305 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

13. Vino Carta

2161 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Photo by Lyudmila Zotova

Vino Carta has a focus on natural and smaller production wines and family-run wineries. This Little Italy gem is a tasting room as well as a bottle shop; its knowledgable staff can help recommend bottles to take home or pour you a glass to drink on site.

2161 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

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