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The Best Wineries in San Diego

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Just 30 miles north of Downtown San Diego is one of the most unique areas in the world where rolling hills of vineyards are just a short drive from the beach. Known for their quality, bold and rich aromas, San Diego Wineries are quickly gaining attention worldwide. Wine lovers praise the region that has several varieties produced locally - there's truly something for everyone!

With over 114 wineries in San Diego, it’s hard to pick my favorites.

Mia Marie Vineyards

If you're looking for a certain vibe, you've found it at Mia Marie. Mia Marie Vineyards boasts an inviting patio with exquisite views. Nestled in the Highland Valley in San Diego County, this charming winery is not to be missed.

Having opened it's doors in the midst of a pandemic, family owned Mia Marie Vineyards, has shown that hard work, vision, and dedication pays off.

100% estate grown, their wines are clean, beautifully-crafted, and are perfect for enjoying on their picturesque patio with the company of friends and family. They produce red, white, and rosé wines, so everyone will have something to choose from! In addition, they love to experiment with different winemaking techniques, like Pet Nat sparkling wines or reds fermented via carbonic maceration (the same style as those fruit-forward and oh-so-tasty Beaujolais Nouveau wines).

15036 Highland Valley Road | Escondido, CA 92025


Hungry Hawk

When one thinks of Escondido, they don't think of wineries. However, they should - as Escondido is home to over 16 wineries, and counting. A handful of these locally owned gems are in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley, just minutes from Downtown Escondido and the San Diego Wild Animal Park (will never be the Safari Park for me).

Hungry Hawk Winery is a small, limited production winery tucked back in the hills, overlooking the beautiful San Pasqual Valley. From their charming patio and tasting room, one can enjoy varietals from France, Italy, and Spain. This hidden gem releases over 15 different wines from the estate, many of them award winning.

Having just visited this past weekend, I enjoyed the Red Flight - and I loved every wine I tasted, bringing home a bottle of the 2018 Estate Recon Red, which is a blend of Grenache, Syrah Noir, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre.

When considering a Wine Tasting in San Diego, make sure to add Hungry Hawk to your list.

3255 Summit Dr | Escondido, CA 92025


Forgotten Barrel

Formerly the historic Ferrara Winery, The Forgotten Barrel, is anything but forgotten. This charming winery is a designated California historic point of interest and a historic site by the City of Escondido.

Established in 1886, the once Ferrara Winery, is one of Southern California's first vineyards. Ran by 3 generations of the Ferrara family, the beautiful buildings and grounds were restored and reopened in 2017 as the Forgotten Barrel, while keeping the charming rustic qualities of it's historic past.

The Forgotten Barrel produces red, white, rosé and sweet wines, so there is truly something for everyone. They are also known to whip up delectable Sangria batches on the weekends, which is the perfect refreshing treat in our warm San Diego weather.

1120 W. 15th Ave | Escondido, CA 92025


If you love a beautiful scenery, supporting small production businesses, fondness of outstanding wines, and a memorable experience, a trip to any of these San Diego wineries would check all the boxes. After visiting, let me know what you think.

When thinking about planning a San Diego Wine Tour, let Hidden City Wine Tours create a unique experience for you and your group. Check out our Wine Tours page to see our current offerings.

Our mission is to share our love of the locally owned small wineries of San Diego. Through education, community, one-of-a-kind experiences - we are committed to inspire others to develop an appreciation for the charming San Diego Wineries.

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