Kid-friendly wineries all over the city are waiting to welcome your bunch for some wine and reverie. We’ll toast to that! 9 wineries near San Diego will have you saying “cheers” to picturesque, serene settings and plenty of family perks. From bonfire nights and playgrounds to delicious pizza, a gorgeous swimming pool, animal encounters and more, scroll down to see where to make a visit to the vineyard a family affair.
Rancho Guejito Vineyard
Recently opened Rancho Guejito Vineyard is open on Sundays only currently, but they are hoping to open Saturdays as well very soon. They are very family-friendly and feature complimentary hayride tours of their vineyards and groves as well as numerous yard games. There is always some kind of live music and a food truck on-site. They host kid-friendly events and classes (pumpkin decorating, Easter egg hunt, succulent terrariums, etc.) and also recently hosted a large, inflatable slip n’ slide day. They plan to continue hosting additional activities of this nature in the future as they grow.
The ranch has a rich history, pre-dating California statehood. It was founded in 1845 and has grown in size to almost 24,000 acres over the years (roughly the size of the city of Escondido). It is still home to thousands of free range cattle as it was back then, with the addition of hundreds of acres of avocados, citrus and wine grapes.
17224 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
Stay cool with the kids at the recently opened, semi-Olympic sized Pool at BOTTAIA Winery, where you'll enjoy stunning views of picturesque rows of grape vines and the Palomar Mountain range. While the Winery itself is for ages 21 and older, the adjacent Pool at BOTTAIA is for all ages and it even has a children’s splash pad. The Pool Café + Cocktail Bar serves BOTTAIA wines (and cocktails) and also offers a special menu for kids.
Good to know: The Pool’s water temperature is maintained at 82F (the temperature of tropical sea water) and the latest Ozone and Ultraviolet technology is used to allow for the lowest legal levels of chlorine.
Bonus: Kids 3 and younger receive free admission. You can choose from 30 Italian-style cabines or opt for a pool chaise. Make your pool reservation here.
35601 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
San Diego’s oldest operating vineyard isn't just a winery, it's more like an old world village. A village that is home to four vineyards, an old barrel room and antique wine-making equipment for visitors to explore. You can wander through artists shops to catch a glimpse of everything from mosaics and oil paintings to botanical soaps. After soaking in the village, grab a cheese plate and a glass of wine. If you want to take advantage of the wine tasting with chocolate pairings (who doesn’t?), grab a table on the patio and kick back as you listen to live music and your kids get their groove on. Stop by on Friday mornings for the Farmers Market where you’ll find local produce and lots of other families. Whatever time or day you choose to visit Bernardo Winery, you'll find plenty of family-friendly fun.
Insider’s Tips: It’s okay to bring light snacks for young kiddos, but the winery does not allow outside food or drinks for adults.
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128
Orfila Vineyards & Winery
Imagine a large, beautiful backyard filled with families having fun and enjoying the sunshine right next to a fantastic winery. This pretty much describes Orfila in Escondido to a T, as it boasts an incredibly kid-friendly atmosphere and vibe. The entire vineyard is gorgeous, but there's a large grass area and picnic tables located in the back as the “Designated Kid Zone.” Parents will appreciate this because the little ones can comfortably run around and act like kids while the grown-ups chat and sip on some vino. The winery encourages families to bring picnics, toys and games to really make a day of it. There's a small refrigerated section in the tasting room that has some food for sale and food trucks are there several times a week. But make sure to plan accordingly and bring plenty of food and water for your family. Spending a day here will make the whole family so happy, you may end up joining the Wine Club so you have an excuse to come back soon!
Insider’s Tip: Aside from the picnic area, the rest of the vineyard has a 21+ age limit, so bring sunscreen and make sure to prepare for a day spent outdoors.
13455 San Pasqual Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens, a favorite among wine aficionados, is more like your typical Temecula winery with large grounds and a tasting room. What makes it family-friendly is its giant lawn and outdoor amphitheater which is set away from the tasting tables. On any given day, you'll find kids of all ages playing in the spacious area while their parents enjoy sipping on the wide variety of wines the vineyard offers. It's also easy to find a quiet spot to park a snoozing baby. The staff is extremely friendly and eager to please. There is limited shade so be sure to load up on sunscreen and bring hats.
Insider Tip: Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy on the Winery's outdoor patio.
35055 Via Del Ponte
Temecula, CA 92592
Owners Mark and Lynn built Domaine Artefact from the ground up. Their labor of love resulted in an idyllic vineyard with a warm, welcoming ranch vibe that serves up award-winning wine. Pack a picnic to enjoy in one of their stylish, cozy seating areas. They have corn hole and mega Jenga for the kids to play and plenty of animals on view: horses, chickens, dogs and pigs, which little ones can possibly pet when it's not too busy. Their 'wine dogs' laze about the tasting room and it's great to know that Domaine Artefact is pet-friendly and you're encouraged to bring your well-behaved fur-babies along.
Animal lovers will also appreciate possible glimpses of all sorts of wildlife on their visit: from roadrunners and meadowlarks to tree frogs and barn owls.
Good to know: They're open Fri.-Sun. from noon-dusk.
15404 Highland Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Looking for something off the beaten path? Try Cordiano Winery, a quaint vineyard nestled away in the hills of the San Pasqual Valley in Escondido. You'll need to drive down a dirt road filled with tons of twists and turns, but once you arrive you’ll be rewarded for your travel efforts with a breathtaking view. This winery, started by Gerardo and Rosa Cordiano, who fell in love with San Diego in the 90's after visiting from New York, is known for its wood-fired pizza as much as its delicious wine. While waiting for your pizza and bread sticks (you've got to try the bread sticks!) to arrive, venture over to the bocce sand pit and enjoy a game or two.
Insider Tip: Before choosing a bottle, have a seat at the wine tasting table where you can try 7 one ounce pours for $15.
15732 Highland Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Longshadow Ranch Winery
Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula tops our list for its extensive list of family-friendly offerings. Animal loving kids get to meet the resident dog, talk to the beautiful horses and even feed a few goats while their parents discuss the spicy notes of their favorite wine pick. Visit from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday nights between now and Sept. 14th for a real treat — Longshadow Ranch's Bonfire Saturday Nights, an event for all ages where their wine is just one pleasant element of an evening filled with family fun. Choose to share a picnic table or chill out on your own picnic blanket. You can order food from the Street Foods Co. Food Truck on site. Kids will love playing on the zip line and you might try your hand at riding the mechanical bull.
Also good to know, they have Sangria Sundays are serve up a fresh batch of Sangria made using their Wildfire Red wine. They also serve Sangria slushies––the perfect drink on a hot summer day.
Insider Tips: Outside beverages and coolers are prohibited. Call in advance for table reservations to secure a spot.
39847 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
Wilson Creek Winery
"Family is what it's all about" is the motto of this favorite Temecula winery that boasts acres of grass, trees and covered patio tables that keep families coming back. They even have a small playground with two swings and a fort climbing area that you can stop by before or after you pop open that bottle of wine.
Insider Tip: Bring your camera and capture some shots of your kiddos running around the blooms. The setting is the ideal spot for a photo op.
35960 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
––Aimee Della Bitta & Beth Shea