Barreto Cellars, founded by Michael and Joey Barreto, Barreto Cellars was established with the idea of becoming the leader in California producing high quality wines featuring grape varieties native to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). Because of relatives who migrated to America from these regions there is an obvious connection and desire to learn more about and develop wines utilizing these varieties. Many of these are unheard of in California except for a few elite growers and select winemakers. Currently we are creating wines in the New World style while trying to capture the truly unique characteristics each variety possesses. Each lot of wine is carefully hand-crafted from vineyard to bottle to bring the true sense of the vineyard to your glass. In an attempt to represent both Spain and Portugal equally, a red variety noted for each country is being produced.
John Schwaesdall, A San Diego native, started making wine from some of the old vineyards in Ramona that were planted in 1950′s. He since has planted 4 1/2 acres of various red and white wine grapes. The vineyard lies among gigantic granite boulders that are found predominately in the Ramona/Mt. Woodson area of San Diego. These boulders are true natural wonders. One great granite boulder on the property weighs 80 tons and looks just like a cat. Another looks like Moby Dick. John won’t hesitate to show visitors the fantastic natural sculptures on his 6 acres of property.
The property is small and nothing fancy but more likely than not, your wine tasting will be led by the vintner himself, who came to Sonoma with nothing and built this small winery with his own hands. He's a great host who truly understands and loves wine. It's a delightful experience and the wine is priced very reasonably compared to many other wineries in the area.
This place first charmed me because of their wonderful hospitality. Paul was my pourer and he really made me comfortable, especially because I was tasting by myself. Excellent buttery Chardonnay!
Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery
If you haven't checked out this winery yet you are missing out. Sure this place doesn't have large gardens or a picturesque picnic area... but this place is amazing where it counts... the wine.
I came here on a wine tour and was lucky to meet Robert Renzoni himself. He was super friendly and passionate about his wine. He also educated our entire group about his wine which seemed to be really appreciated by the group because most of our tour were first timers.
The tasting room is a large warehouse type building, nothing fancy. However, almost everythingI tasted here was delicious. The service was great because they had plenty people pouring and we did not have to wait long to get more tastes. As far as the wine, I highly recommend the Sangiovese, the Old Vine Zin, and the port.
La Bonne Vie Cellars produces the following wine varietals: Merlot, Riesling, Rosé, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Touriga Nacional.
Specializing in Estate grown premium red wines, proud to present the fruit of the labors their family that started in 1995. We spared no effort or expense for our vines to produce low yields of the highest quality grapes that our Valley can grow. They were meticulously crafted into complex wines sure to please the most discriminating wine aficionados.
The young man who hosted our tasting was knowledgeable yet casual and easy to talk to - right up our alley. Really appreciated the time he took to do "compare & contrast" tastings!
Definitely stop in here for a tasting - whether you linger or quickly move on to the wineries, you'll get a nice intro to wines in the region.
Williams Seylem is an institution. The original cult pinot negociant in America. For pinotfiles this place is a mecca. Since then it has changed hands (and by that I mean about a decade ago). The juice is still superb, sourced from the best vineyards in the area, and service wonderful. Though you've got to be on the mailing list to visit. Appointment required: yes, and you need to be on the list, or find someone who is.
Beautiful grounds, it does seem like what an American would envision Italy to be like: garden speakers playing American-Italian music abound, fountains, lots of terra cotta planters.This winery was lovely! They have a great patio filled with flowers and a fountain. They also served lunch. The grilled chicken breast sandwich was really tasty, same with their pizzas. Definately a winery to check out if you are in the area.