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15 Urban Wineries & Tasting Rooms In San Diego

City spaces, uncommon grape varieties, and not a vine in sight.

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With urban wine production all the rage, wineries have been bucking with tradition and opening up shop downtown. Small, artisanal and often family-owned, from rustic tasting rooms in North County to expansive and freshly minted metropolitan tasting rooms in the Gaslamp, here are fifteen spots San Diego residents can enjoy the winery experience (watch, or even help with the winemaking process!) without missing the vineyard, or straying too far from city limits.

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1. Forgotten Barrel Tasting Room

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11855 Sorrento Valley Rd Ste 503
San Diego, CA 92121
(888) 620-8466
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While its flagship winery and production facility might be based in Napa, you can still enjoy a selection of naturally made wines under the Sika and Forgotten Barrel labels by the glass, tasting flight or bottle at this artsy space in Sorrento Valley. Wine club membership perks include preferred pricing and a complimentary tasting for four people per quarter.

2. Vino Carta

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2161 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-6589
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Stop in for a bottle and light bites at this cozy-yet-hipster warehouse space on India. Vino Carta offers up to 12 wines by the glass with a menu focused on small family-run producers and natural/organic wines. From a broad international selection two standouts include the Spanish Vendrell Rived 'Miloca' Carinyena and a 2015 Loire Valley Sancerre Rose.

3. LJ Crafted wines

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5621 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037.
(858) 551-8890
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South African expat Lowell Jooste specializes in Napa-produced wines made using grapes sourced from well-respected vineyards at this breezy Bird Rock tasting room. Pop in for a glass (or fill up a growler to go) from two of their freshly landed barrel, including a Hoot Owl Creek Ranch Viogner, and Stewart Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

4. Blue Door Winery

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4060 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 274-4292
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Sample a five pour tasting flight for $10 or $15 with a premium glass at this boutique BayHo winery that also serves as a full production facility. All grapes are sourced from San Diego County vineyards to make Blue Door’s varietals, including a Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, plus their famous sangria.

5. Bernardo Winery

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13330 Paseo del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 487-1866
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Southern Californiaa's oldest operating winery showcases everything from Burgundy and Chablis, to a Moscato Rosé. Enjoy a tasting flight of five wines for $12 or sit on the patio, relax and enjoy a glass of your favorite varietal in the central courtyard at this storied and picturesque property. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6. Abnormal Wine Company

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16990 Via Tazon Ste 123
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 618-2463
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With select offerings in the red, white and dessert categories (last year's standout was the #24 Chardonnay) this young Rancho Bernardo winery has quickly made a name for itself since opening three short years ago. Located within the Cork and Craft, visitors can enjoy gourmet food alongside a nice selection of proprietary wines in addition to outside labels.

7. Gianni Buonomo Vintners

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4836 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 991-9911
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San Diego’s “first beach winery and tasting room” predominantly uses grapes from Washington State vineyards, for their four signature wines available for purchase are priced between $29 - $49 bottle and include a Sangiovese, Avennio, Maestrale and Blaufränkisch. The tasting room is open Wednesday - Friday (1 – 9 p.m.), Saturday 12 – 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

8. FruitCraft - Fermentery & Distillery

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1477 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(858) 522-9463
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Housed in the old Vinavanti space on University at Fruitcraft enjoy tasting flights, glasses, and growler fills of wine made from fermented fruit juice with no artificial flavors or added colors. From dry to sparkling and sweet, the lineup includes pomegranate, pineapple, and sangria blends plus seasonal releases. Open Wednesday through Sunday, there is also an extensive light menu of tapas and small plates in addition to mixed fruit forward craft cocktails and sangrias.

9. Charlie & Echo

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8680 Miralani Dr #113
San Diego, CA 92126
(877) 592-9095
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Long-time local winemaker Eric Van Drunen has shifted the focus more toward fun and unusual sparkling wines at his new Miramar-based tasting room. All made naturally, with no addition of yeast or other chemicals, including sulfites, grapes are sourced locally and produce the only certified organic wine in San Diego: wild fermented and bottle conditioned. Open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday, the tasting room does not have a kitchen onsite but there are plans to host a regular roster of food trucks this summer.

10. Callaway Vineyard & Winery

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517 Fourth Ave #101
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 478-0899
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This just-opened Gaslamp tasting room is pouring seven to nine choices from Callaway’s larger portfolio, which focuses on Rhone varietals but also includes Bordeaux-style wines and sweet dessert sippers. A five wine flight is $20 with a library tasting of three older vintages for $25; each offering can also be purchased by the glass or bottle. Open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, there is no kitchen on site but small snacks ranging from hummus and pretzels to an antipasto tray are available.

11. Pali Wine Co.

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2130 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 569-1300
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This artisan winery produces vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from sites in California and Oregon in addition to Rhone and Bordeaux varieties grown in the Central Coast under its sister label, Tower 15. Tasting flights are $15 for five selections, but the fee is waived with the purchase of two bottles. Blended ‘straight from barrel to keg’ a rotating selection of eight "fresh" wines also feature and are available for tasting or growler fills. Food-wise think light bites, including cheese and charcuterie boards.

12. Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room

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2727 State St (Suite 110)
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Owner/winemaker Adam Carruth’s spacious tasting room and patio (nestled between Baba Coffee and Campfire restaurant) is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and until 11 p.m. on weekends for wine tastings or wine by the glass or bottle. Locally producing whites and roses, reds and dessert wines sourced from grapes from Northern and Central California, Carruth’s award winning wine is made with grapes crushed, pressed, fermented, barrel aged and bottled within their urban facility. Food-wise expect snack plates from Venissimo Cheese.

13. Koi Zen Cellars

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12225 World Trade Dr p
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 381-2675
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Don’t let the business center location fool you, tucked away in Carmel Mountain Ranch is craft winery and wine making facility, Koi Zen Cellars, where grapes sourced from Paso Robles, Lodi, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Napa are crushed fermented, barreled and aged onsite. Enjoy tastings by the glass or bottle of varietals from Pinot Noir, Malbec and beyond. Artisan cheese boards and chocolate is available to purchase, there’s a wine happy hour every Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., plus live music on weekends.

14. Solterra Winery & Kitchen

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934 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2970
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Nestled in the heart of Leucadia this handsome space includes a tasting room, outdoor seating, a grapevine-adjacent bocce ball court and a fully functioning winemaking facility. Four flight options (each comprising four pours) transport visitors through the Rhone region, Iberia and Bordeaux and California, while the extensive menu offers everything from proprietary wines made using grapes sourced locally in Temecula, San Diego and Baja, and further afield from the Central Coast and Northern California vineyards, in addition to cask wines by the half glass, glass or carafe.

15. BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

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2225 Barham Dr Ste D
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 270-9851
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This working urban winery in Escondido also boasts an air-conditioned crystal chandelier tasting lounge where five wine tastings of your choice can be enjoyed for $10 per person, or upgraded to seven tastings for $12.50. Fee will be waived with the purchase of two bottles. Current varietals include a 2014 South Coast Cabernet, 2015 Lodi Zin and 2014 Paso Robles Cuvée. Wines are also offered by the glass and bottle service. Enjoy $2.00 off tasting flights and wine by the glass during social hour every Thursday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Bar snacks are available although visitors are welcome to bring their own.

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1. Forgotten Barrel Tasting Room

11855 Sorrento Valley Rd Ste 503, San Diego, CA 92121
While its flagship winery and production facility might be based in Napa, you can still enjoy a selection of naturally made wines under the Sika and Forgotten Barrel labels by the glass, tasting flight or bottle at this artsy space in Sorrento Valley. Wine club membership perks include preferred pricing and a complimentary tasting for four people per quarter.
11855 Sorrento Valley Rd Ste 503
San Diego, CA 92121

2. Vino Carta

2161 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Stop in for a bottle and light bites at this cozy-yet-hipster warehouse space on India. Vino Carta offers up to 12 wines by the glass with a menu focused on small family-run producers and natural/organic wines. From a broad international selection two standouts include the Spanish Vendrell Rived 'Miloca' Carinyena and a 2015 Loire Valley Sancerre Rose.
2161 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

3. LJ Crafted wines

5621 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037.
South African expat Lowell Jooste specializes in Napa-produced wines made using grapes sourced from well-respected vineyards at this breezy Bird Rock tasting room. Pop in for a glass (or fill up a growler to go) from two of their freshly landed barrel, including a Hoot Owl Creek Ranch Viogner, and Stewart Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
5621 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037.

4. Blue Door Winery

4060 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Sample a five pour tasting flight for $10 or $15 with a premium glass at this boutique BayHo winery that also serves as a full production facility. All grapes are sourced from San Diego County vineyards to make Blue Door’s varietals, including a Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, plus their famous sangria.
4060 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

5. Bernardo Winery

13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Southern Californiaa's oldest operating winery showcases everything from Burgundy and Chablis, to a Moscato Rosé. Enjoy a tasting flight of five wines for $12 or sit on the patio, relax and enjoy a glass of your favorite varietal in the central courtyard at this storied and picturesque property. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
13330 Paseo del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128

6. Abnormal Wine Company

16990 Via Tazon Ste 123, San Diego, CA 92127
With select offerings in the red, white and dessert categories (last year's standout was the #24 Chardonnay) this young Rancho Bernardo winery has quickly made a name for itself since opening three short years ago. Located within the Cork and Craft, visitors can enjoy gourmet food alongside a nice selection of proprietary wines in addition to outside labels.
16990 Via Tazon Ste 123
San Diego, CA 92127

7. Gianni Buonomo Vintners

4836 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
San Diego’s “first beach winery and tasting room” predominantly uses grapes from Washington State vineyards, for their four signature wines available for purchase are priced between $29 - $49 bottle and include a Sangiovese, Avennio, Maestrale and Blaufränkisch. The tasting room is open Wednesday - Friday (1 – 9 p.m.), Saturday 12 – 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
4836 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

8. FruitCraft - Fermentery & Distillery

1477 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Housed in the old Vinavanti space on University at Fruitcraft enjoy tasting flights, glasses, and growler fills of wine made from fermented fruit juice with no artificial flavors or added colors. From dry to sparkling and sweet, the lineup includes pomegranate, pineapple, and sangria blends plus seasonal releases. Open Wednesday through Sunday, there is also an extensive light menu of tapas and small plates in addition to mixed fruit forward craft cocktails and sangrias.
1477 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

9. Charlie & Echo

8680 Miralani Dr #113, San Diego, CA 92126
Long-time local winemaker Eric Van Drunen has shifted the focus more toward fun and unusual sparkling wines at his new Miramar-based tasting room. All made naturally, with no addition of yeast or other chemicals, including sulfites, grapes are sourced locally and produce the only certified organic wine in San Diego: wild fermented and bottle conditioned. Open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday, the tasting room does not have a kitchen onsite but there are plans to host a regular roster of food trucks this summer.
8680 Miralani Dr #113
San Diego, CA 92126

10. Callaway Vineyard & Winery

517 Fourth Ave #101, San Diego, CA 92101
This just-opened Gaslamp tasting room is pouring seven to nine choices from Callaway’s larger portfolio, which focuses on Rhone varietals but also includes Bordeaux-style wines and sweet dessert sippers. A five wine flight is $20 with a library tasting of three older vintages for $25; each offering can also be purchased by the glass or bottle. Open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, there is no kitchen on site but small snacks ranging from hummus and pretzels to an antipasto tray are available.
517 Fourth Ave #101
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Pali Wine Co.

2130 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
This artisan winery produces vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from sites in California and Oregon in addition to Rhone and Bordeaux varieties grown in the Central Coast under its sister label, Tower 15. Tasting flights are $15 for five selections, but the fee is waived with the purchase of two bottles. Blended ‘straight from barrel to keg’ a rotating selection of eight "fresh" wines also feature and are available for tasting or growler fills. Food-wise think light bites, including cheese and charcuterie boards.
2130 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room

2727 State St (Suite 110), Carlsbad, CA 92008
Owner/winemaker Adam Carruth’s spacious tasting room and patio (nestled between Baba Coffee and Campfire restaurant) is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and until 11 p.m. on weekends for wine tastings or wine by the glass or bottle. Locally producing whites and roses, reds and dessert wines sourced from grapes from Northern and Central California, Carruth’s award winning wine is made with grapes crushed, pressed, fermented, barrel aged and bottled within their urban facility. Food-wise expect snack plates from Venissimo Cheese.
2727 State St (Suite 110)
Carlsbad, CA 92008

13. Koi Zen Cellars

12225 World Trade Dr p, San Diego, CA 92128
Don’t let the business center location fool you, tucked away in Carmel Mountain Ranch is craft winery and wine making facility, Koi Zen Cellars, where grapes sourced from Paso Robles, Lodi, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Napa are crushed fermented, barreled and aged onsite. Enjoy tastings by the glass or bottle of varietals from Pinot Noir, Malbec and beyond. Artisan cheese boards and chocolate is available to purchase, there’s a wine happy hour every Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., plus live music on weekends.
12225 World Trade Dr p
San Diego, CA 92128

14. Solterra Winery & Kitchen

934 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Nestled in the heart of Leucadia this handsome space includes a tasting room, outdoor seating, a grapevine-adjacent bocce ball court and a fully functioning winemaking facility. Four flight options (each comprising four pours) transport visitors through the Rhone region, Iberia and Bordeaux and California, while the extensive menu offers everything from proprietary wines made using grapes sourced locally in Temecula, San Diego and Baja, and further afield from the Central Coast and Northern California vineyards, in addition to cask wines by the half glass, glass or carafe.
934 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

15. BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

2225 Barham Dr Ste D, Escondido, CA 92029
This working urban winery in Escondido also boasts an air-conditioned crystal chandelier tasting lounge where five wine tastings of your choice can be enjoyed for $10 per person, or upgraded to seven tastings for $12.50. Fee will be waived with the purchase of two bottles. Current varietals include a 2014 South Coast Cabernet, 2015 Lodi Zin and 2014 Paso Robles Cuvée. Wines are also offered by the glass and bottle service. Enjoy $2.00 off tasting flights and wine by the glass during social hour every Thursday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Bar snacks are available although visitors are welcome to bring their own.
2225 Barham Dr Ste D
Escondido, CA 92029

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