Vinavanti Urban Winery and Tasting Room


The Big Move

1-AVPageView 4232015 111423 AM-001Cue the drum roll, the dramatic intro music…

We are moving!

And not just a “move to another place about the same size and do the same thing” kind of move – this is THE BIG MOVE.

University Avenue. Hillcrest. Food. 

Think of the coolest brewery you’ve been to, and it’s like that, but with wine and food (and cooler)!

The space is quadruple our current size, and will have ample seating both indoors and out for you to hang out, enjoy our wine, and dine on our new food menu!

And, we are equally excited that Heather Newman is joining us! Heather was in charge of marketing and events at Carruth Cellars the past few years, and did an outstanding job. Look forward to an amazing events schedule at our new location.

Check out this video we’ve put together about the new location and giving a general overview of what we are all about. More updates will of course be coming, but before we jump to the next topic…

We are on Crowdfunder! Crowdfunder is like Kickstarter, but for investors, and . If you’re interested in having a piece of the action, the term sheet and details are on Crowdfunder. Just reply to this email ( if you have any questions.

By the way, Clara really doesn’t like to be on video, so in case you are wondering, that’s why she doesn’t appear in it. Don’t worry, she’s still very much here and part of the new place!

History. Made.

1-20150310_163311-001In the wine world, things can take a while. Not just for the grapes to grow and for the wine to be made, but for changes in mindset and agricultural practices.

It took a while, but it’s here.

The Maverick

The first certified organic wine grown and produced in San Diego County.


We’re extremely excited and blessed to be working with Page Organics in Ramona, source for our certified organic Malbec and Petit Verdot. The vineyard isn’t big, and we can’t make much of it (just 28 cases), so we relish every drop.

Driven with bold aromas of damp forest floor, dried fig, red plum, thyme, blackberries, and pencil lead.

Nothing added, nothing taken away. Unoaked, unfined, unfiltered, never sulfited, and naturally beautiful. Most is allocated to our wine club – the remainder is available in the tasting room while it lasts.

Pruning and Rehabilitation

1-Sam Wells photography - Food Blog - travel - German Bakery - slowdowncookmore.com_14The Ahmeur Vineyard just started its rehabilitation last season. For the last 20 years of its 80 year life, it received no attention – not just no pruning, but no brush clearing and no watering! Much of the original vineyard is lost, but the vines that have survived are big, old, gnarly and just… gorgeous.

Last year after discovering the vineyard, we got the okay from the land owner to clear the brush and start caring for the vineyard. It went through its first pruning last year, and we just finished the second. While it will take two or three more years to finally get the vineyard back in shape, we are hoping to get a small harvest from it this year.

Urban Wineries in Reader

reader-urban-wineriesYou already knew, but now more people do too! Check out this great cover story article in the San Diego Reader about us and San Diego Urban Wineries!

Closed Dec 25, 26

We will be closed December 25th and 26th (Thursday and Friday). We will be open on Saturday, December 27th regular hours 11am-6pm.

Note we will also be open Thursday, New Years Day, January 1st, from 4-7pm and by appointment.

Little Helper for the Holidays

1-1209141625cIt’s December, and that means the return of Little Helper! We steep red wine with whole stick cinnamon, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves and black peppercorns for a week and then bottle it for almost a year to integrate the aromas. It captures the season in a glass.

Little Helper is only on sale in December, and we’re including a free splash of it with any wine tasting – now that’s the holiday spirit! Bottles are just $15.

Holiday Gift Guide

Stumped on what to get someone for the Holidays? Skip the nightmare of mall shopping, relax with some wine, and buy the perfect gift all at the same time at our winery!

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for all sorts of fun and different options – Litros, six-packs, DIY cheese kits, Passports and more!

2nd Annual Farm-to-Wine Party!

1-DSCF5694Our 2nd Annual Farm-to-Wine Party is Saturday, December 6th, from Noon to 2pm. We’ve again paired up with The Vetted Table to create a delicious five-course pairing menu.

If you didn’t make it to last year’s event, here’s the scoop. We forgo the stuffy, sit-down wine dinner in favor of a fun and casual, cocktail-party style event. Courses are staged and paired with our wines as you mill about our winery tasting room and do the socialize thing (or not). Wine pours are three ounces each, except the final dessert which is two.

There are only 32 tickets available for the event, and tickets must be purchased online in advance (none at the door). Tickets are $57 (plus a ticket service fee) and go on sale November 19th at Noon. Wine Club members can purchase tickets in advance for only $45.

Menu follows. Warning: it will make you hungry and thirsty. Hope to see you at the party! Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Syrah and 2013 The Alchemist Release

sept14releasesWe’re releasing two new wines for September – a new vintage and vineyard for Syrah, and the very new and one-of-a-kind wine, “The Alchemist”. Both are available now in the tasting room and online.

Syrah 2012 – Our 2012 Syrah takes over where our best selling 2011 Syrah left off. Deep black current and blackberry flavors on the front turning to black pepper and woody notes on the back, all supported by firm tannins. Available both by the bottle and Litro wine-growler fill (limited!) for $25 ($20 for Wine Club members).

The Alchemist 2013 – Where do we start? This is one of the most unique wines you will ever taste. We mean ever – anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Get your San Diego Urban Wineries Passport!

Vinavanti is happy to be a part of a vibrant and thriving urban winery scene here in San Diego County. Along with other urban wineries in the area, we’ve formed San Diego Urban Wineries and have created the Passport!

The Passport is good for 11 tastings at San Diego Urban Wineries for only $50 – a 50% savings off the price of the individual tastings. The Passport includes a winery map, information on each winery, and room for your tasting notes. It’s a great way to explore the world of San Diego Urban Wineries!

Come by our tasting room to purchase a Passport, or buy a ticket online that’s redeemable for a Passport at your first tasting room visit. Hurry – supplies are limited.

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