Hand Crafted Estate Wines

About Us

Our family and friends have come together to produce handcrafted wines from our estate vineyards and a few select others in the Ramona Valley. We focus on crafting premium quality wines, and that, we firmly believe, begins in the vineyard. We are confident you will taste the quality and care expressing itself in each glass of our wines. Our vineyards and winery are located in a high valley at the east end of the Ramona Valley, a designated American Viticultural Area in central San Diego County, California. We look forward to sharing our wines with you.

Old Julian Vineyards and Winery is scheduled to open on June 15, 2019.

Our Vineyards

We planted our first vineyard in 2013 and continue to expand our estate vines in order to take advantage of the valley's natural growing advantages as well as our unique growing conditions. The vineyards are located in a high valley, at 2000 feet elevation. The valley runs east and west, allowing daily coastal breezes to flow through the grapes on typically hot summer days. The fruit in our vineyards enjoy a thirty-plus degree diurnal shift in the daily temperature during the growing season, allowing the grapes to cool overnight. The soil in our vineyards is an ideal loam, providing an excellent growing environment for our vines.

To ensure intense flavors in our wines we keep the fruit on our vines at optimum levels to avoid over cropping. We use a double cordon, with vines set six feet apart, and a vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellis system, giving our root systems plenty of room to assure adequate moisture and nutrient access. We grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Muscat.

Wine Maker

We've teamed up with award winning Ramona winemaker, John York, formerly of Hellanback Ranch Winery. John is focused on making premium quality wines that express the qualities of the vineyard. He believes in using traditional winemaking methods and lots of hands-on attention to the process, starting with a focus on the vineyard.

John began making wine in 2006 and quickly became involved with the local vineyard and wine making community. He enjoys helping newcomers get started with their vineyards and developing their winemaking skills. John is a former president of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association and as a designated representative of the local wine industry, He spends significant time promoting local wines to the public and encouraging improved wine quality among his colleagues.

John, originally from Ohio, has lived in Ramona since 1991. Now retired, he was founder and Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development at Avadyne Health in San Diego. He was also the president of the Intermountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue board of directors for 8 years and remains active in the Ramona community.
  • (949) 374-7700
  • 25352 East Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065