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Roberto Espinosa

Not a classically trained winemaker, but a risk taker using locally grown grapes to provide the foundation for balanced wines expressing the terroir of San Diego County.
Maîtres Cuisiniers de France & Académie Culinaire de France San Diego Congress: Maîtres Cuisiniers de France & Académie Culinaire de France are two nonprofit organizations that share the same goal of promoting the culinary and pastry arts and carrying on the great French traditions. Their North-American delegations meet annually at a joint congress. San Diego is hosting this prestigious event for the first time. Espinosa Vineyards and Winery will be pouring at the "Welcome to Paradise" social.
Berry Good Night Dinner 2015: Now in its sixth year, Berry Good Night celebrates local growers, ranchers, and producers, along with championing the ideology of sustainable food. It unites kindred spirits—artisans, food activists, farmers, ranchers, winemakers, brewers, writers, chefs, restaurateurs and dedicated locavores—for an evening of conscious conversation over a sensory sustainable feast.
New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, NM. BS Microbiology
Espinosa Vineyards & Winery. Escondido, CA. Owner, Grower & Winemaker
Espinosa Vineyards. Escondido, CA. Owner
Tasting Room
Not a classically trained winemaker, but a risk taker using locally grown grapes to provide the foundation for balanced wines expressing the terroir of San Diego County.
That last sip in 2008 when I realized that it's just grapes in that bottle!
  • 2013 Espinosa Vineyards Estate Grenache and Braised Lamb Tacos
  • 2012 Espinosa Vineyards Estate Tempranillo and Pepper Encrusted NY Strip
  • 2013 Espinosa Vineyards Albarino with spicy mixed ceviche and tostadas
Our small lot wines are produced on the premises from grapes that we grow and buy. Tastings at the winery Friday through Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Our wine is available only at the winery.
  • We reserve our wines to be available only at the winery, however, we are open to collaborations with local chefs
There are few times when it feels like home, when you walk into a business. Well, this is definitely one! The owner Roberto, was very kind, down to earth and very knowledgeable. The underground wine cellar was amazing. It created such a warm, relaxing and welcoming ambiance. He had one white wine that was outstanding, the Albarino. Of course we bought it. It has crisp citrus flavor that will go wonderful with a fish dish. He also has several reds that we had such a hard time deciding which one we like best. We ended up with the Tempranillo. All of their wines are outstanding and can't wait to go back again.
- Mark A., San Diego via Yelp!

My new favorite, local San Diego wine is @ESPwines. I can't believe this place is only 5 miles from the San Diego city line, just across the I-15 at the West Bernardo exit. Roberto Espinosa does wine right. He doesn't offer a long list of mediocre wines, but a tight selection of high quality options. As a Northern California native I've often been accused of being a wine snob, and for the most part that's true. I love Espinosa Wines as it reminds me of the boutique, family owned wineries of Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. Espinosa doesn't have a large, fancy tasting room with hundreds of drunk tasters, but a small outdoor tasting counter with an adjacent space to bring your own picnic. Espinosa Wines shows it's still possible to operate a high quality, local, family winery. Be sure to visit, you won't be disappointed.
- Ken B., San Diego, via Yelp!

Beautiful place!! My husband took me here this afternoon and we both loved it!! My husband isn't even a wine fan but he enjoyed it! The owner is beyond nice and very welcoming. The wine is superb and delicious. I 100% recommend this place. We will be back many times after today.
- Brianne R., Las Vegas, NV via Yelp!

Moved down to San Diego July 2014, and have already been to Espinosa 4-5 times, always bringing more friends and family to experience. Roberta and Noelle were welcoming, friendly from the first moment. They are both scientists by education/training, so seem to delight in sharing the process of wine making with their visitors. The first time we tasted was August 2014, when the tasting took place in this beautiful chilled wine cellar. The wine cellar is still there, mostly for storage/work, but may be opening soon for private events and tastings. Now most of the public tastings take place on this lovely expansive patio which gets lovely breezes (which even makes tasting in 100 degree weather bearable!). Mostly reds, but 1-2 white varietals. My favorites have been the GSM (I hope they bring it back soon!), Merlot, Syrah. The Rosado is good also. No wine club. But being on the email list provides early access to tasting events/releases.
- Rachel A., San Diego via Yelp!

Roberto Espinosa
Roberto Espinosa
(619) 772-0156
San Diego, CA
United States

Espinosa Vineyards
Owner, Grower and Winemaker

Grapes were first planted on our property in 1893 by William Winn; the first commercial winery built in 1936.  Around 1950, the winery was converted to a machine shop and vineyards lay fallow for more than fifty years.  At last, the old winery burned to the ground in the 2007 San Diego Wild Fires.

We planted in 2008 and today our winery is a small, family-owned operation with very limited production. We focus on quality wines that we make from fruit that we grow locally. Our wines are only available at the winery.