Most people with affordable accommodations in San Diego don’t know that the city has 39 wineries in our county alone, which is more than the 35 in Temecula Wine Country, located an hour north of San Diego. San Diego Wine Country isn’t concentrated in one area, instead we have an eclectic array of wineries scattered throughout so that no matter where you are chances are there’s a world-class wine maker right around the corner.
A full list of local wineries can be viewed at sandiegowinecountry.com, but here are our top 5 picks:
- Vinavanti Urban Winery: This top-rated wine bar is San Diego’s only certified organic winery. Their minimalistic take on wine making has garnered attention from wine enthusiasts across the country. Stop by this Saturday for their first ever Farm-to-Wine Party where a ticket will get you access to a five-course five-to-table dinner paired with some of their most popular wines. (9550 Waples Street, Suite 115A, 92121)
- Bernardo Winery: This winery has the feeling of a small quaint village, complete with a restaurant, beautiful outdoor patio and a “shops & artists village.” They were voted #1 local winery by the San Diego’s Best U-T Poll this year due to their phenomenal wine, impeccable service and winery events. (13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, 92128)
- San Pasqual Winery: This micro winery produces small lots of wines using local grapes in a warehouse that they’ve retrofitted to serve as a winery and wine tasting room. They take a simple yet elegant approach to making their wines, which you can taste for just $7.50. (8140 Center St, 91942)
If you are trying to avoid driving yourself then sign up for a local wine tour! San Diego Beer & Wine Tours can chauffer you around San Diego Wine Country and pick you up from your affordable hotel near the Convention Center or wherever you and your group may be.
So don’t take a trek all the way to Temecula or run from your SAN airport hotel to take a flight to Napa when San Diego has all the best wines within driving distance! If you need a place to crash after all the wine goes to your head, have a room already booked at downtown San Diego’s Marina Inn. Call 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to ask about our discounted rates.