A LITTLE ABOUT US…
The Bernardo Winery, established in 1889 and family owned and operated since 1927 by the Rizzo family, is the oldest family owned and operated winery in Southern California.
Since 1927 the Rizzo family has been growing and producing wine in the same Italian tradition for three generations, specializing in regional varietals such as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Syrah, Albarino, Merlot and Zinfandel.
Come, escape for the day and feel like you’ve been transported to an Old World Village! Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the vineyards, olive trees, gardens, original buildings and wine-making equipment. Experience the genuine hospitality of the Bernardo Winery tasting room, The Kitchen Restaurant, V’s Coffee Shoppe, Village Shops and Galleries.
Conveniently located in North County San Diego in Rancho Bernardo, The Bernardo Winery is an oasis just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.
A FEW FAQ’S FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS:
- Yes we still make our wines here onsite. Though you will only see four vineyards located on the winery grounds, we harvest our grapes from vineyards across San Diego county and produce and bottle our wines here on the winery grounds. Our old barrel room (over 125 years old) and antique equipment are located in the center of the winery for visitors to see the old ways of California wine-making. Though closed to the public (except for private events) our modern cellar, wine-making facilities and crush pad are located just to the north of the old cellar.
- Besides wine tasting, there’s an assortment of food and non-alcoholic beverages available onsite at The Kitchen Restaurant and V’s Coffee Shoppe. No outside food and beverages are permitted on winery grounds.
- Children are welcome at the winery! We are a family owned business and our children have grown up here. We ask that you please keep a close eye on them while enjoying the winery and grounds.
- No dogs are permitted on the winery grounds except for licensed service dogs.
- All professional portrait, wedding or formal photographers must call ahead to reserve a time and check in at the winery office. Please see the page regarding photography for more information.
- We have four onsite parking lots, please check for parking in our lots before you park on the street as there are usually spaces available.
- Yes, your GPS is correct, we are located behind a 55+ community in Rancho Bernardo. We’ve been here since 1889, long before suburbia and well worth discovering! You’ll pass golf courses and planned communities and then, boom! you’ll be transported back in time to 1889.