80 San Diego Visitor Guide Fall/Winter 2016
& Craft Coffee
San Diego’s Mediterranean climate—
warm days, coastal breezes and cool
nights—makes it a grape-growing
paradise. More than 100 wineries are
sprinkled throughout the area,
especially in sprawling East County,
perfect for an afternoon of tastings
and tours. Not in the mood for a road
trip? We’ve got urban wineries galore.
Hungry Hawk (3255 Summit Drive),
a family-owned winery, is a worthy
stop for well-crafted reds like their
notable tempranillo. The 30-acre estate
Domaine Artefact (15404 Highland Valley
Road) produces memorable Rhône-style varietals to be sipped at their
gorgeous, umbrella-dotted alfresco
tasting area. Enjoy big, bold reds at
Altipiano Vineyard (20365 Camino del
Aguila) on the patio of the winemaker’s
Mediterranean-style home. Head up the
hill to Cordiano Winery (15732 Highland
Valley Road) for authentic Neapolitan
wood-fired pizzas, wine tasting and jaw-dropping views of the rolling hills and
San Pasqual Valley.
Just 45 minutes from downtown, Ramona
has blossomed into a wine haven, with
more than 25 boutique wineries. Find
crisp viognier and delicate rosé at high-on-the-hill Kohill Vineyard (17211 Highlander
Drive). Ramona Ranch Winery (23578
Highway 78) offers a wide range of vino,
from a refreshing orange muscat to a
robust sangiovese reserve. Wander the
sculpture gardens, listen to live opera,
nibble on pizza and sip red blends at
Salerno Winery (17948 Highway 67).
Post up on the outdoor tasting deck at
Edwards Vineyards and Cellars (26502
Highway 78) for well-balanced syrah
and petite syrah. Pretty Hacienda de las
Rosas (18011 Bluegrass Road) is home to
Peruvian paso horses, Spanish wines and
Craft coffee culture is brewing all
over San Diego, with top-notch
roasters everywhere from Barrio
Logan to Encinitas.
low-fi La Jolla
coffees from around the globe. Sister
outposts in Little Italy and Linda Vista.
Vesper Vineyards and Stehleon Vineyards
share an urban tasting room in an
Escondido industrial park (298 Enterprise St.),
where you’ll discover sophisticated wines
produced from local San Diego County
grapes. Witch Creek Winery (2906 Carlsbad
Blvd.) has award-winning reds in their quaint
Carlsbad Village tasting room, while Carruth
Cellars (320 S. Cedros Ave.) is a perfect stop
after shopping in Solana Beach’s Cedros
Design District. Look for Carruth’s new location (2727 State St.) in Carlsbad, too.
San Diego’s only certified organic winery, Vinavanti in North Park (1477 University Ave.),
makes new-wave, all-natural, unfiltered wines with local fruit.
Barrio Logan’s certified organic coffee
hub has a Q Grader master roaster—
think sommelier of coffee—who offers
cupping classes to up your coffee IQ.
This specialty roaster’s craft coffee can be
found in eponymous cafés in Little Italy,
Solana Beach’s design district and Encinitas.
Scratch pastries and healthy eats, too.
Roasting beans since 1968, this San
Diego pioneer is still a favorite and
follows an ethos of delivering respectful
representations of the world’s best coffee.