Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Here's a fairly compact route to help you discover the Ramona AVA. It ends at Salerno, where you can relax and order a handmade pizza. Assuming that you're coming from San Diego, you'll start tasting at the furthest point from home.

Begin at Edwards Vineyard and Cellars (A - Sat. & Sun. 11-5), then proceed to Pyramid (B - Sat. & Sun. 12-5), Lenora (C - Sat. & Sun. 10-6), the Pamo Tasting Room (D - Fri. 2-6, Sat. & Sun. 11-6), and Salerno (E - Wed. - Sun. 11-dusk).

Please note that the opening hours listed here are valid as of the date of this post. It's never a bad idea to check the wineries' websites or give them a call. New Ramona tasting rooms are opening on an almost monthly basis, so stay tuned for more options!

Outside the Pamo Tasting Room in Ramona

A new publication featuring Ramona wineries


This route features three of Ramona's newest tasting rooms as well as its oldest. Start at Schawesdall (A - Sat. & Sun. 10-6), then detour a bit to Mahogany Mountain (B - Sat. & Sun. 1-4). Next stop by Eagles Nest (C - Fri. - Sun. 11-dusk). If you can arrange an appointment, by all means visit Woof 'n Rose, which is practically next door to Eagles Nest (D - call 760-788-4828 or email steve@woofnrose.com). Finish the day at Salerno (E - Wed. - Sun. 11-dusk). Alternately, you could head into the center of Ramona and enjoy the ambience of the Pamo tasting room (603 Main St.)


This route begins at Belle Marie Winery (A - daily 11-5) and proceeds to Orfila - our favorite picnic spot (B - daily 10-6), Cordiano (C - Wed.-Sun. 11-dusk), and Bernardo (D - Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. & Sun. 9-6). If you're headed back to San Diego and feel like one more stop, try the Hacienda de las Rosas Tasting Room in Old Town (E - daily 11:30-9).