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San Diego is the Southern Californian city filled to the brim with charm, world class beaches and its gorgeous parks. This is a more laid back and relaxed city where you can really take your time to appreciate the people, places, food and especially the rapidly growing wine scene! This West coast gem is the perfect place to take in some once in a lifetime views, tours and memorable outings. There’s a huge shopping and nightlife scene that’s just waiting for you to come and check it out! So, where’s the best place to find some good wine in this Pacific coastline paradise? We’ve searched for the best spots, to find out where to go wine tasting in San Diego!
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Here’s Where to go Wine Tasting in San Diego
Whether you’re in town to see the Padres play, visiting family and friends or you’re a seasoned local. These are the wine tasting venues you’re going to want to know about!
Callaway Vineyard & Winery’s San Diego Tasting Room
The historic and iconic Gaslamp district is home to the metropolitan tasting room of this esteemed SoCal winery. Their tasting room is a modern and welcoming environment that beckons guests in to try their very own locally grown and produced wines. This is a convenient alternative to making a journey to their winery, making their bottles of wine more accessible to San Diego locals, and visitors!
If you’re flying in to experience the numerous wine tours and scene, this is a great place to taste some local grapes. Tasting flights, and by-the-glass options are available, we wholeheartedly recommend their signature flight, to get a taste for the pride of their craftsmanship. The highly professional staff will go out of their way to help you find the perfect wine to suit your taste, so tell them what you like! (And who sent ya!)
Rose’s Tasting Room
If there’s one thing to know about my opinion of the SoCal wine scene. It’s that I’m a huge sucker for the mission/old Spanish inspired architecture of red clay tiles, white masonry and barrels. This, Rose’s Tasting room has in droves, because visiting their wine and beer tasting room is like walking into a Mission style ranch! This is a dream tasting room for me, so what else makes it a must visit?
The specialty of Rose’s is the wide range, and variety of local wines and beers they showcase in their gorgeous establishment. Surrounding breweries and wineries send their best, so you can have the opportunity to taste the craft of the local area, in one convenient (and lively!) location.
Neociant North Park Urban Winery
This North Park district winery is located in a bustling part of town, with lots of emerging businesses including retail and cultural venues! This ‘urban winery’ is just that, a cornerstone of the revitalization story of this part of San Diego. Their tasting room where you’ll find yourself right at home, features a lounge-like atmosphere with strong modern elements. It’s a relaxing and laid-back feeling environment where you can unwind with a nice glass of wine and some friends.
This is where they feature some of the winery’s finest wines. This is one winery that prides itself on making totally local craft wines. They have a hearty selection of reds and whites, including a delicious Temranillo, Sangiovese, and a lovely collection of locally sourced Chardonnays. Head on down to North Park for an enjoyable glass of wine, and slow-down for a little while in their relaxing tasting room.
Blue Door Winery
Blue Door is a San Diego starlet that’s been shining for some time. Their beloved urban winery is a staple, consisting of a full-production facility where you can taste the wine while the winemaking process is in full swing! Sometimes, guests can even watch and get hands-on experience with winemaking to become more immersed in the wine they’re tasting.
This is a great place to go wine tasting in San Diego if you want to see winemaking up close, and learn some tips about home winemaking the staff is more than happy to share with you. Blue Door, like many other local area vintners, view their craft as an art. And they’re more than happy to give you an impassioned look behind the curtain!
Mission Hill Wine Cellar
Mission Hill is a wine cellar with a lot of heart, and they’re ready to please! Their huge selection is accompanied well by their grub options. If you’re looking for wine and lunch, this is a great place to add to your San Diego travel itinerary.
They offer some finger-food trays, charcuterie and snacks to accompany your afternoon of fine local wine, and delicious eats! They have a small-town feel, and provide a professional and personalized wine tasting and eatery experience. Stop by at Mission Hill for an individualized and personal wine lunch in San Diego!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these trendy, fun and lively look into some of San Diego’s finest urban wineries, tasting rooms and wine cellars! Did any of these awesome locales make your travel itinerary? The next time you’re wondering where to go wine tasting in San Diego, look to these awesome tasting rooms for some inspiration!