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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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FruitCraft - Fermentery & Distillery

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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.

Charlie & Echo

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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.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

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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.

Pali Wine Co.

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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.

Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room

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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.

LJ Crafted wines

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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.

Koi Zen Cellars

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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.

Vino Carta

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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.

Solterra Winery & Kitchen

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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.

Gianni Buonomo Vintners

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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.

Abnormal Wine Company

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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.

Forgotten Barrel Tasting Room

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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.

BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

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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.

Blue Door Winery

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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.

Bernardo Winery

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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.

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FruitCraft - Fermentery & Distillery

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.

Charlie & Echo

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.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

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.

Pali Wine Co.

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.

Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room

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.

LJ Crafted wines

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.

Koi Zen Cellars

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.

Vino Carta

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.

Solterra Winery & Kitchen

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.

Gianni Buonomo Vintners

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.

Abnormal Wine Company

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.

Forgotten Barrel Tasting Room

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.

BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

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.

Blue Door Winery

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.

Bernardo Winery

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.