Old World Charm
There’s Something for Everyone at Historic Bernardo Winery
Guests of all ages can celebrate the past while enjoying the present at the historic, family-owned and operated Bernardo Winery. Established in 1889, the winery has been in the Rizzo family for three generations – they’ve owned the winery since 1927. “It’s a step back in time to a Mediterranean village, where people can relax and take in the old ways,” shared Marketing Director Samantha Nawrocki. “Often, new guests are surprised by the rustic buildings, old world feel, and tranquility, after they drive through suburbia to get here.”
The grounds are home to a unique collection of village shops, with something for everyone: home and garden goods, chocolates, handbags and accessories, clothing, art gallery and classroom, clay studio, theater, jewelry, and flowers. “One unique addition is a craft coffee roaster, Manzanita Roasting Company, that roasts fresh coffee beans,” said Samantha. Relax for a sit-down meal at Café Merlot, or enjoy an espresso drink and a sandwich at V’s Coffee Shop.
“It’s a step back in time to a Mediterranean village, where people can relax and take in the old ways.”
And of course, there’s the wine itself. “We specialize in wines that really suit the terroir here in San Diego,” Samantha explained. “Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Albarino, Chardonnay, Malbec… We have a great assortment of wines that can either pair great with a meal or just be enjoyed on our tasting room patio with a nice cheese board from V’s.” There’s always something to look forward to, with new wines released throughout the year. Bernardo Winery offers winemaker dinners and pairing events, and a wine club is currently in the works. Artwalks return May 19 through September, with live music and food trucks until 9 p.m. on Fridays.
That old world atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for a wide array of community, private, and corporate events. The winery’s venues are famous for weddings, but the possibilities are endless. “We host everything from corporate mixers, wine blendings, birthdays, anniversaries, and family get-togethers to, yes, memorials,” said Samantha. “There are so many events to celebrate, and weddings are just one of them.”
With a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine, savor the next chapter of history at the Bernardo Winery.
Name of Business: Bernardo Winery
Owner: Ross Rizzo
Years in Position: Forever
Year of Establishment: 1889
Address: 13330 Paseo del Verano
Description of Business: A 127-year-old boutique winery in North County, San Diego that is also a shopping, dining, music, art and event destination. Sharing their nostalgic winery, family traditions, and delicious wines with you is their passion.