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Step back in time to 1889 where a group of five Sicilian farmers, vintners and businessmen purchased the Rancho La Canada de San Bernardo Spanish Land Grant and planted grapes and olive trees on the 500+ acres of what would eventually become Rancho Bernardo. Vincent Rizzo purchased the winery in 1927, after he discovered it on a hunting trip in the North County of San Diego. Vincent began the family business that has spanned three generations and withstood the test of time. The San Diego Winery even endured prohibition by selling sacramental wine to the catholic church and producing olive oil for the San Diego tuna industry, and also sold grape juice.
Welcome to the oldest producing San Diego winery in Southern California, Bernardo Winery…where visitors can wander the grounds and see the original wine-making equipment amongst the flowing gardens, original buildings and vineyards still producing elegant red wines grown, pressed and bottled in the same European tradition of long ago. Learn how Southern California was the heart of the wine-making region for many years in Old California, and see how wine was made and sold over 100 years ago by going on one of many tours, tastings and lunch packages available at the winery.
UPCOMING EVENTS that may be of interest to the community of Carmel Valley San Diego:
Fridays, 9am – noon
Every Friday, Bernardo Winery hosts Rancho Bernardo’s finest Certified Farmers Market.
Live Jazz on the Patio
Every Sunday until November, Bernardo Winery hosts live music on the Tasting Room Patio from 2-5pm
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