California Wineries

  • Organized by Wine Region and City or Town
  • Key  to ratings. The first bracketed letter refers to environment and overall winery experience; the second bracketed letter refers to overall wine quality.
  • Having a winemaker/owner onsite, a view, a comfortable, interesting tasting room, and knowledgeable staff all figure in the rating for overall experience.
  • Intensity, complexity, balance, structure, and originality are the criteria for wine quality.
  • TRO refers to tasting room only–no winery or vineyard onsite.
  • Date refers to date of last visit

Hollister/Cienega Valley AVA

Calera         Lovely view, historic winery, [B] [B]

DeRose   [D] [B]


Cesar Toxqui   Hopland TRO, winemaker is often onsite [B] [B]

Goldeneye   Gorgeous grounds, excellent service, among the top wines in CA  [A] [A+]

Jeriko    In Hopland, quality all around [A] [A]

Milano   Rustic, earthy, in Hopland, winemaker often available   [B][B]

Serecena  Beautiful property, excellent wines, old world style  [A][A]

San Diego

Bernardo   Shops and restaurant    [B] [C]

Chuparosa       Winemaker/owner onsite. Top-shelf wines  [A] [A]

Edwards  Winemaker/owner onsite. Excellent wines. [A] [A]

Orfila   Attractive grounds, can be crowded [B] [A]

Ramona Valley Ranch  Winemaker/owner onsite, very comfortable and charming    [A] [B]

San Diego Cellars   Urban winery in Little Italy, [B] [D]

San Pasquale  Seaport Village tasting room, [A] [B]

Vinavanti Urban winery in Hillcrest, unusual, fascinating, “natural” wines  [A][B+]

Santa Cruz

David Bruce   [B] [B+]  Estate Pinot Noir is usually reserved for Club members

Ridge         Great place for a picnic, historic winery, long and winding road to get there   [A][A]

Thomas Fogarty        Wine doesn’t get much better  [A] [A]

Santa Lucia Highlands/Monterrey

Macintyre (TRO)

Morgan (TRO)




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