San Diego is an ideal destination for wine lovers with Temecula Valley and Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe both within a few hours’ drive. But a lesser known wine trail includes the more than thirty urban wineries dotting the Coastline from Oceanside to Seaport Village, allowing visitors easy access to California’s fine wines.


Through the San Diego Urban Winery Passport, guests can participate in tastings at any of the fifteen registered wine rooms for just $35. Beginning in downtown San Diego and ending in Oceanside, we’ve included one of our favorite itineraries for an urban winery excursion.


San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room: Watch sailboats breeze by downtown San Diego’s harbor as you sip an award-winning Malbec at the Seaport Village outpost of San Pasqual Winery.


Carruth Cellars Wine Garden: A short five minute uber away is the Carruth Cellars Wine Garden, located in the trendy seaside Little Italy neighborhood. The patio garden is a great place to enjoy locally-produced wines and wood-fired pizza at this local hot-spot.


Gianni Buonomo Vintners: At Point Loma’s Gianni Buonomo Vinters, antique jewelry cases have been converted into tasting bars giving the tasting room a historic charm. Locals love the reds here and we agree!


LJ Crafted Wines: Just down the road from many of Monarch’s luxury vacation rentals is Bird Rock’s LJ Crafted Wines. Guests here enjoy tastings of small batch wines from the Napa Valley region while basking in the laid-back Southern California neighborhood.


Solterra Winery & Kitchen: Up the historic 101 highway lies Encinitas’ Solterra Winery & Kitchen, where fine local wines are enjoyed alongside a full gourmet lunch and dinner menu.


Coomber Craft Wines: The recently opened Coomber Craft Wines in downtown Oceanside is making a splash with an expansive indoor and outdoor tasting space and an acclaimed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that has received a 95-point rating from Wine Enthusiast.


Guests of Monarch Luxury Villas have access to a full-service concierge that is delighted to plan your wine getaway to San Diego. Email concierge@monarchluxuryvillas.com for more information.