Let me start by saying I’m not a wine connoisseur, but I do like visiting wineries. We’re going to slowly start branching out into reviewing wineries. After all, it’s a fact that there are more wineries than taco shops in Ramona!Back in the day I visited and reviewed Edwards Vineyard & Cellars. This time we started close to home. Less than 10 minutes away is La FinquitaWinery, 23123 Vista Ramona Road. La Finquita, meaning “the little farm.” Not sure what language, but it sounds neat.
The property was originally developed in 1988 and subsequently established as a winery in 2007. The property was purchased by the current owners in December 2013, and reopened to the public as La Finquita Winery & Vineyard, Inc. on May 31, 2014.
We visited the tasting room which is open weekends, 11am-6pm, and during the week by appointment. A tasting of 5-6 varieties of wine costs $10-12.
Might be hard to find depending on which way you’re driving in. Signage is fairly sparse. Once there you’re welcomed by a serene atmosphere with expansive views of the southern Ramona valley. Tasting room is large, modern, comfortable and accommodating. Staff is friendly and engaging.
Gail, being new to wine in general, particularly appreciated this wine slushy thing they had called “Lucious Slushes”. Dispensed out of a slurpee like machine, it was all icy, etc. Perfect for the hot summer months approaching.
There is ample, comfortable seating outside on their patio if you just want to stop by and hang out for a while with a nice glass of wine.
I’m not gonna sugar coat it. The only wines I personally found palatable were the Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. I didn’t really care for any of the other choices which included a muscat; malbec; zinfandel; etc.
They also do custom bottle etching and I saw some pretty cool looking examples.
As you can tell, I’m by no means a wine expert! With all the wineries in Ramona I don’t know where to go next. Comment and let me know if you have any tips or ideas. If they have food, that’s of course a plus!