Where to Find Great Wine in San Diego
San Diego is known for its coastal beauty, ideal climate, and world-class culinary scene. However, there’s one facet of the culture that’s a growing reason for renown. “America’s Finest City” is making big waves in the wine world as of late. Thanks to our near-perfect sun and soil, our neighbors just a short drive away in Temecula and Ramona have grown increasingly populated with vineyards. Looking to sip and savor some local flavor? Here’s your guide to experiencing the best San Diego wineries, wine tastings, and wine culture in and around the region.
Grab a Glass at Blue Wave Bar & Grill (just steps away)
You don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy a glass of incredible California wine! Our on-site bar and eatery offers a fantastic selection of local wines just steps from your room. So have a seat, check out our sommelier-selected wine list, and enjoy your first sips overlooking the marina. We’re happy to be the first stop on your sampling tour!
The Wine Pub (1 mile)
Located just a short jaunt away in Point Loma, The Wine Pub is a local favorite for wine enthusiasts and foodies alike. This cozy wine bar offers a diverse wine list featuring both local and international selections. Pair your wine with a delectable menu of farm-to-table dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Wine Pub’s friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and live entertainment schedule make it an ideal place to unwind with a glass of San Diego’s best.
2907 Shelter Island Dr. #108, San Diego, CA 92106
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival (6 miles)
If you’re on the hunt for a one-stop event, San Diego’s wine culture truly comes together at this week-long festival, taking place from November 8–12. Winemakers from San Pasqual Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Julian, and other vineyard-rich regions in the area are creating some impressive bottles worth checking out, and they’ll all be represented here. Expect great food, entertainment, and vintage bottles aplenty at this festive fête.
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Bernardo Winery (29 miles)
Bernardo Winery is a historic treasure that offers not only incredible wines, but a journey through time. Established in 1889, it’s one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the entire state of California. The winery’s tasting room lets you savor a variety of wines produced both locally and from vineyards across the region. While you’re here, explore the charming village setting with boutiques, art galleries, and eateries.
13330 Paseo Del Verano, San Diego, CA 92128
Orfila Vineyards and Winery (33 miles)
Orfila Vineyards and Winery (located in the San Pasqual Valley) is one of San Diego’s oldest wineries and a true pioneer in the region. Their Mediterranean-inspired estate offers breathtaking views and an expansive outdoor patio perfect for wine tastings. Orfila specializes in crafting varietals that thrive in the Southern California climate, including Syrah, Riesling, and Viognier. Visit their tasting room for a relaxed afternoon of wine and scenic vistas.
13455 San Pasqual Rd, Escondido, CA 92025
Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery (34.5 miles)
Nestled in the rolling hills of nearby Escondido, Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery is a hidden gem that offers a rustic and inviting tasting experience. Their intimate tasting room is the perfect setting to sample their exceptional wines, including their signature Sangiovese. The friendly team often shares the stories behind each wine, providing a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into every bottle.
3255 Summit Dr, Escondido, CA 92025
Carruth Cellars Urban Winery (40.5 miles)
Carruth Cellars brings the elegance of winemaking to the heart of the city. Their urban tasting rooms offer an inviting ambiance for sipping wines crafted from grapes sourced from top California vineyards. Carruth Cellars specializes in reds, whites, and sweet varieties, ensuring there’s something for every palate. Whether you’re a wine novice or a seasoned connoisseur, this urban gem offers a delightful wine-tasting experience.
3229 Roymar Rd, Oceanside CA 92058
Callaway Vineyard & Winery (67 miles)
Just a short scenic drive north of San Diego lies Temecula Valley — a hidden gem for wine enthusiasts. Callaway Vineyard & Winery is a true standout in this picturesque region. Nestled among rolling hills, it offers fertile soil, ample sunshine, and panoramic views of prize-winning vineyards. Visit their tasting room to savor their award-winning wines, from crisp Chardonnays to bold Cabernets. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the winemaking process during a tour.
32720 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
Baily Vineyard & Winery (68 miles)
Baily Winery is another titan of the Temecula winemakers’ club that welcomes visitors with old-world charm and a warm ambiance. Their diverse wine offerings range from classic Bordeaux blends to fruit-forward Zinfandels. The friendly staff takes pleasure in sharing their wine knowledge as they guide you through tastings. The quaint courtyard is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the flavors of this picturesque vintners’ valley.
33440 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591
Leoness Cellars (69 miles)
Another gem in the heart of Temecula wine country is Leoness Cellars. Known for their commitment to sustainable winemaking, Leoness crafts wines that are a testament to the region’s unique terroir. Their tasting room offers an intimate experience where you can sample exquisite wines paired with farm-to-table cuisine. Leoness is the perfect place to unwind, savor exceptional wine, and soak in the serene vineyard views.
38311 De Portola Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
Bringing your passport? Situated just over the border in Baja California, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine country is a picturesque region with sun-drenched vineyards, rolling hills, and a Mediterranean-like climate. Here, rows of grapevines stretch as far as the eye can see, producing a diverse array of wines, from rich reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo to crisp whites like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Charming wineries dot the landscape, offering tastings and tours that provide insight into the winemaking process. Beyond the vineyards, the valley boasts farm-to-table restaurants, art installations, and boutique accommodations, making it a captivating destination for wine connoisseurs and wanderers seeking a taste of Mexico’s burgeoning wine culture. For those interested, tours are also available departing from San Diego daily.
As you embark on your San Diego wine adventure, you’ll discover that the city’s wine culture is as diverse and vibrant as its coastal landscapes. And there’s no better spot to call home during your tour of vintages and vineyards than Best Western Plus Island Palms! Our competitive rates, centrally located Shelter Island location, exceptional accommodations, and guest-friendly amenities all add up to the ideal stay. Take a look at our Special Offers page today, and reserve your San Diego wine tour!