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“Absolutely lovely way to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Salerno Winery

Salerno Winery
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Ramona
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Owner description: Salerno Winery is a cultural destination nestled in the hills of Ramona Valley. Salerno offers guests an experience unlike any other - complete with award-winning handcrafted wines, an extensive collection of world-class sculptures and live performances by local musicians.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
san diego, california
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101 reviews
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“Absolutely lovely way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

This place is one of our favorites in San Diego. The wine is decent and the tastings are very well priced, not to mention that they offer a military discount if you ask. The grounds are so charming, they make me feel like I'm spending an afternoon at a winery in Italy. German, the owner, is wonderful and spends his days interacting with the patrons. If you're lucky, you may even hear him sing a little (he used to be an opera singer in his days). Their pizzas are made to order in an outdoor brick oven, simply delicious. On the weekends, there is a live performer singing a range of classic Italian songs to good ol' Frank Sinatra pieces. You may find a brave soul dancing to the music like we did. We come as often as we can, and the drive to Ramona is definitely worth it.

Visited July 2013
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English first
San Diego, California
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115 reviews
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“All Ramona Wine Trails Lead to Salerno Winery!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Salerno Winery is definitely eclectic ~ lacking the hype of Temecula Wine Country glitz and busloads of unruly drunken 21 year-olds. Rounds of somewhat bizarre, romanesque/greek/modern marble and bronze artworks are haphazardly placed around the walking paths in Salerno's vineyard. There's even a bocce ball court on the lower level.

Ramona Valley is on the verge of becoming the next Foxen Canyon of wine trails... Windy roads lead to Salerno, tucked off Highway 67 behind the stately cypress trees and majestic oaks. Rising 1,500 feet above sea level, Ramona Valley, with its own micro climate has been recognized with its own AVA appellation.

Salerno Winery's tasting menu is outstanding and only $10 for five tastes, plus a complimentary tasting of the 2007 Bianco Tosto, a pale golden blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. I was mildly surprised to taste an estate 2011 Pinot Noir ~ unheard of to be grown in southern California. Aptly named, 2006 Inspiration, is well-balanced with the fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon and the earthiness of the Petit Sirah. And, my favorite ~ the 2007 Sensation, a divine marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan ~ fruit forward with red cherry and black currents with a velvety vanilla finish. Bene!

Definitely worth a visit ~ check out my wine blog for more fun places in California and Italy! www.uncorkedwinetravels.com

Visited September 2013
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Ramona, California
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“A family owned winery that makes you feel like you are part of the family!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

You are always welcomed, the view is nice, the homemade bread, the wood fired pizzas and the occasional opera song...the wine is Smokey and different. Visiting Salerno, is a place to stop by to visit with friends and family.

Visited July 2013
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“Great wine and Pizza”
Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Did a wine tasting on Tuesday and came back on Saturday to try the Pizza before our flight back to Colorado. A must to add to your list. A great experience!

Visited April 2013
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Oceanside, California
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“Unforgettable "daycation"”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

I had a friend visiting from Upland and we decided to invite a few other galpals along for a foray to the wineries in Ramona. It was a gorgeous drive into the hilly countryside. We stopped first in Escondido at Ferrara winery. Sadly, it's in foreclosure and set to shut down by Thanksgiving 2012. Unless your visit is sentimental, there's no reason to What a delightful and delicious visit! We lingered... and as the day grew late, we headed for Salerno Winery. Greeted by the most charming and cordial people, including Herman and Rose, the proprietors, we enjoyed delicious wine and bread w/olive oil and balsamic. We loved every minute, sitting at the chiminea, visiting with the dogs and looking out at the rolling countryside. We returned home with a trunk full of wine and ready to face the week ahead. It was a perfect daycation. Can't wait to go back!

Visited November 2012
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