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Bernardo Winery

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Address: 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
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10:00 - 18:00
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Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Bernardo Winery, nestled in the quaint town of Rancho Bernardo, just a a...

Bernardo Winery, nestled in the quaint town of Rancho Bernardo, just a a couple miles off the 15 Freeway, is the oldest continuously operating Winery in Southern California. Family owned and operated since 1927, the winery is still fully functioning and producing wines with San Diego grapes as it has been for over 100 years.

Varietals include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Albarino and Chardonnay to name a few.

Besides a tasting room with daily wine tasting, The winery grounds are home to over a dozen unique shops and artisan galleries as well private event areas for every occasion. the rustic architecture, gardens and antique equipment at the winery also make it a unique trip back in time into California ranch and wine-making history.

Please note: Families are welcome! Please, no outside food and beverages and no pets permitted on the winery grounds.

*** If you are reviewing Cafe Merlot, please do so on their Trip Advisor Page. They are located on the winery grounds, but independently owned and operated.

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It Takes A Village

In Northern San Diego, this historic Winery offers wonderful wines and tastings plus a range of nice shops and food outlets. Set in an old restored village, the Winery leads the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Peaks Island, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In Northern San Diego, this historic Winery offers wonderful wines and tastings plus a range of nice shops and food outlets. Set in an old restored village, the Winery leads the way for an enjoyable visit. Plus the Rancho Bernardo Museum tells the tales of the area's historical significance.

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Virum, Danmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Southern California's oldest winemaker, set in middle of affluent suburbia. Lots of memorabilia on display, great place to hang out and enjoy some good wine and fingerfoods

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little "stay-cation" destination is a joy! It is located in a neighborhood that has grown around the winery. The winery is a rustic little village with galleries, resteraunts, historical museum and much more. The Icarus Gallery/Studio is a happy place to create as well as purchas art. It is one of the few locations that offers Meditation Rocks by... More 

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Seneca Falls, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The wines are great and the staff make you feel welcome. So much more than just a winery. Clothes, handmade crafts and music on Sunday afternoon make this a must see in San Diego County.

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Chula Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We like to come to the winery we we don't feel like a longer trip to Temecula. The winery is a curious San Diego piece of history. We like to browse the chops and do some wine tasting. Stick to the sparkling wines and reds, avoid the rose. Also there is a restaurant on site. The site is pretty rustic... More 

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Muskego, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

If it's all about the wine, this is the winery to visit. We visited a few wineries in Temecula, great setting, but for the most part, I felt the wines in that area were a bit overpriced. Bernardo is the oldest winery in the area, set around some very nice small shops and an upscale area. Wines were quite good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

On a vacation to San Diego, we drove out to Bernardo Winery for an afternoon wine tasting. It took about 30 min from downtown on the multi-lane, nerve racking California freeways. Although surrounded by housing developments, once on the property it feels like a rural country setting. The winery is rustic, with antique décor, and offers wine tasting, food and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Nestled away is this quaint piece of warmth and invitation; allowing you to get away from it all. Went here for a friends birthday celebration. The only disappointment was when it was time to leave. The restaurant, Cafe Merlot was wonderful, robust salads, Mimosas and outdoor seating to take in the people and music. The Sweet Shoppe has exotic mixes... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

You can't go wrong making a visit to the grounds of the Bernardo Winery. There are numerous boutique shops and galleries and the grounds and feel of the place are rustic and quaint. A one-of-a-kind. And where else can you walk around with a glass of wine while you shop or stroll!

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Newbury, New Hampshire, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I love this place for so many reasons: first off, it's tucked in an exquisite little winery that's packed with adorable shops and fun little places to sit and enjoy. Second, I love the experience of eating outside on a Sunday morning, sipping a mimosa while listening to someone playing the keyboard. (Don't pass on the mimosas, by the way... More 

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