Wine Tasting near KQ Ranch Resort
What do you get when you cross an old apple packing shed and Mike and Toni Menghini? You get the Menghini Winery, located in Julian, California, that’s what!!!
Here they produce many fine wines including a ’98 Chardonnay, a dry light wine, no oak, with a crisp, clean finish; a ’98 Sauvignon Blanc, a soft, dry, easy to drink wine good with numerous dishes; a ’98 Trinity, a Meritage; a field blend of Carignane, Grenache & Mourvedre, an excellent light style red made in the Rhone tradition; and a ’97 Cabernet Sauvignon, a heavy-bodied wine with a great berry-like character. Other wines are also available as so is a variety of cheeses, salamis, olives, preserves, crackers, and other wine-related items.
The Menghini Winery is also home to the annual grape stomp in September where music, food, wine and of course the stomping barrel make this an unforgettable event! KQ Ranch Resort is located in Julian, CA, right near the winery, so be sure to book your KQ Ranch Resort reservation today for great days of fun, adventure and of course, wine tasting….
The MENGHINI WINERY is located at
1150 Julian Orchards Drive
P.O. Box 1359, Julian CA 92036
The next stop on your wine tasting tour is the Witch Creek Winery located at 2000 Main Street in Julian. The actual winery is in Carlsbad, but they also have a wine tasting room near the KQ Ranch. Here you can experience some fine wines including a 1999 Silver Medal Merlot, a 1999 Reserve Pinot Noir and many, many others. They also carry a fun line of decorative corks, glasses, and Witch Creek T-shirts.
Bernardo Winery is the oldest operating vineyard in Southern California. The winery was established in 1889 and then was purchased by the Rizzo family in 1928. It survived the prohibition era by selling “sacramental wine” and fresh grape juice guaranteed to start fermenting before you got home. They have red, white, dinner and dessert wines and a full tasting room where you can find rare sauces, and dressings, pickles and olives and cold pressed olive oil of which the winery produces. The tasting room is open daily from 9AM to 5PM and the winery is located at 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte in San Diego. You can call 858-487-1866 for directions or ask one of the KQ Ranch hands to direct you to a great Southern California Winery!