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“The Grande Dame of San Diego County Wineries”

Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“The Grande Dame of San Diego County Wineries”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

Founded in 1945, Shadow Mountain in Sunshine Summit (near Warner Springs), is one of the oldest and best San Diego County wineries. It’s definitely worth the drive – even better if you spend the night in one of the nicely appointed tent-cottages. Vintner Alex McGeary and his wife and tasting room manager Pam preside over an impressive estate of beautiful old vines. At present our favorite wines are the 2006 Zinfandel, 2007 Carignane (grassy!), 2008 Merlot (mocha, dark cherries), and 2007 Cabernet aged in both American and French oak.

Don't expect a big, fancy tasting room; do expect a great tasting experience! You're welcome to picnic on the patio and walk around the grounds.


Visited June 2011
3 Thank April L
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Seattle, Washington
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“Best off-the-beaten-path winery in San Diego or Temecula”
Reviewed 25 March 2008

If you're a wine fan and are planning a trip to the Julian area, Anza Borrego, or Temecula and you find that you have a bit of extra time, you'll find it well-worth the effort to stop by the tasting room at Shadow Mountain Vineyards (a few miles north of the Warner Springs resort, off of Highway 79).

The winery specializes in red wines and easily hold their own with some of the better local wineries, such as Orfila and Hart. The winery is owned by Pamela and Alexander McGeary, and Pamela staffs the tasting room on weekends. She's extremely personable and will help guide your tasting towards your own wine preferences. We've visited three times over the past year, and she's had different varietals and vintages open for pouring each time that we've visited.

Shadow Mountain feels like a true boutique winery (it reminds me of some of the Sonoma tasting rooms that I used to frequent when I lived in the Bay Area 10 years ago) and lacks the Disneyland-esque atmosphere of many of the Temecula wineries.

If you like good red wine and enjoy a personal tasting room experience, you'll love Shadow Mountain.

5 Thank mpetersen74
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