One of East San Diego’s Best Kept Secrets!
Many people are not aware of all the amazing small family-owned vineyards operating in the east county. Cori Solomon of the Written Pallette aptly describes it as “Old West meets Tuscany”. Ramona wineries are unpretentious, homey and many have the owners onsite who are more than happy to share their stories and background on their wines with you. Some have farm animals (from chickens to peacocks and horses) and some have craft activities or live music days. There are so many award winning wines to enjoy in a beautiful outdoor vineyard setting where social distancing is easy. Most of the wine tasting rooms don’t offer food onsite BUT picnicking is encouraged in this region and some are linked to restaurants and have the option to order delivery*. Visiting boutique wineries will leave you feeling very welcome and relaxed. It feels like home.
*check first with the winery websites (see below), to make sure outside food is allowed - many welcome it!
How the Scavenger Hunt works:
Check out the clue above for starters. Then, beginning May 1, stop in at Correcamino's Vineyard & Winery (1941 Lilac Rd. Ramona) to pick up your FREE Unplugged Scavenger Hunt kit and card with a list of all the stops and addresses. Visit the wineries in any order you'd like. You have all month to visit so you can take your time and relax at each winery. Answer the clues along the way, get your card stamped and when you are done, bring your card in to Principe di Tricase to see their gnome garden and enter the raffle to win a prize!
Participating wineries and their Gnomes
Barrel 1 - "Sherlock Gnomes" - Open Sat/Sun 12-6 *
Correcamino's - "Mr. Jingles" and "Gneptune the Gnarly" - Open Fri-Sun 12-5 *
Old Survey - "Bob" Open Fri 2-7, Sat/Sun 11-7 / Offering BOGO Wine tasting *
Principe di Tricase (&Highland Valley Christmas Tree Farm) - "Winey" & "Piney" Open Fri - Sun 12-4 / live music Sat/Sun. On-site Italian pizza and finger food avail. *
Ramona Ranch - “The Gnome Ranger” Open Fri - Sun 11-6 / live music Sun 2-5 * closing to the public at 1 pm on 5/15 and 5/16 for a private wineclub event.
Schwaesdall - "Patrick Schwaezdy" Open Sat/Sun 11-6 *
Speckle Rock - “Falanghinome” Open Fri - Sun 12-6 / food trucks every weekend and live music every Sunday
Turtle Rock Ridge - "Gnomeo" Open Thur/Fri 4-8, Sat 12-8, Sun 12-6 /cheese and crackers, catered food, delivery from Marinade on Main avail. *
* Indicates picnicking is allowed. Check individual websites above for other specials.
Special Activities in May
Ramona Ranch - design a one-of-a-kind bracelet from 11am to 12pm. $30 includes a glass of wine - RSVP @ www.Carattdesign.com
Speckle Rock - is having a Falanghina Release Party, 12-6pm, with live music
Schwaesdall - closed (but open May 2).
May 15 & 16
Schwaesdall - create a wine bottle gnome topper from 11am to 2pm. $20 includes a glass of wine - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22 & 23
Correcamino’s - make a wine cork succulent planter May 22 with Gwen from Knightsview Farms - 11:00 to 1pm. $35 per person. RSVP by email or calling (760) 315-7444.
Farmstand 67 - not a winery but a cute little farm stand located nearby with some fun workshops!
Mosaic on Stone - 11 am (both May 22 and 23). $38
Moss & Air Plant Wall Art - May 22 at 4pm, $30
Pottery Painting - May 23 at 4pm . $20
RSVP required. Check out their Facebook Page for the latest info on classes and links to register.
Beyond the Wineries - families and animal/nature lovers! Plan a side trip and look for gnomes at:
Farmstand 67 (west of Ramona) - look for "Sunny Farmer" at this quaint country farm stand where you can find fresh local produce, water-wise plants and inspiration to bring the green into your home. Hands on classes or outdoor dining options offered on occasion. Check their website for details.
The Oasis Camel Dairy (east of Ramona) - Meet beautiful camels, farm animals, turkey's and birds, enjoy camel rides and shop camel milk products. Private tours only at this time. Call ahead to arrange a visit.
Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures (in Wynola) - step back in time on this family farm, with hands-on outdoor education for all ages (animal interactions, archery, tomahawk throwing and slingshot range). Sat and Sun farm tours available. Reservations required for farm tours and group/field trip outings.
Julian Mining Company & Farm (in Wynola) - try your hand at gold panning, gem sluice mining and axe throwing. The mining company operates year round on weekends (Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 no reservations required) and the farm and orchard property will re-open for picking in July. Admission fees or purchase required. Check website for pricing.
Knightsview Farms - located just east of Ramona in gorgeous wine country, Gwen Nowrick is offering a variety of classes to keep your hands busy from wreath making, succulent planters and various creations with wine corks. Some classes are held at wineries and some at the Farm (pictured here). Check the link for details.