Vesper Vineyards


We are extremely proud to source fruit exclusively from San Diego County and work with only the best vineyards. Our relationship with each grower is what makes Vesper unique - our wines wouldn't be what they are without these dedicated farmers.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Escondido, California.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 26


Vesper Vineyards started in 2008 with a simple goal: show that San Diego County can be included among the great wine regions of California. Growing up in the small community of Valley Center, founders Chris Broomell and Alysha Stehly learned from families long rooted in agriculture that the best produce came from San Diego's own backyard. Their families primarily grew citrus, however each encounter a few local vineyards--encounters that stuck with them. After high school Chris went to Santa Barbara to pursue an education in Environmental Horticulture. While there, he took a job at Jaffurs Wine Cellars and fell in love with the winemaking lifestyle. Three years later Chris traveled to South Australia for the harvest, learning hand-on all that he could about every aspect of the process.

Alysha went on a more formal journey, majoring in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis where she learned the scientific aspects of grape growing and winemaking. Her education included traveling with fellow UC Davis students to wineries around California, even spending time in Chile and Argentina.

Vesper Vineyards is the result of combining Alysha's scientific background, Chris' practical experience and the love they both have for San Diego County. Alysha and Chris understand that they can work in Napa, Sonoma or Santa Barbara, yet it is only in San Diego that they can create their own world of wine. Here, with no established style of winemaking and no set varietal to define the area, their options are endless. There is great potential for some excellent wine, especially as the county has such diverse microclimates.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

El Nido Vineyard:

Owner / Grower: Mark & Candise Holmlund / Stehly Grove Management

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, 2.7 miles from the ocean at 200' elevation.

Soil: Corralitos loamy sand, 9 to 50 percent slopes, severely eroded, alluvium derived from calcareous sandstone.

Clonal Selection: Pinot Noir (667)

Wines: 2009 Pinot Noir, 2008 Pinot Noir

Hidden Gem Vineyard:

Owner / Grower: Dennis & Erin Sprong

Location: Ramona Valley, 24.4 miles from the ocean at 1500' elevation.

Soil: Vista rocky coarse sandy loam, 15 to 30 percent slopes, residuum weathered from granodiorite and quartz-diorite.

Clonal Selection: Sangiovese, Mourvèdre

Wines: 2011 Sangiovese

Highland Hills Vineyard:

Owner / Grower: Rich & Zoe McClellan

Location: Ramona Valley, 20.2 miles from the ocean at 1400' elevation.

Soil: Vista coarse sandy loam, 5 to 9 percent slopes, residuum weathered from granodiorite and quartz-diorite.

Clonal Selection: Marsanne , Mourvèdre (520), Roussanne

Wines: 2011 Alcalá, 2011 Rosé, 2010 Alcalá, 2009 Alcalá

McCormick Ranch:

Owner / Grower: Don Armstrong

Location: Pauma Valley, 23.7 miles from the ocean at 800' elevation.

Soil: Visalia sandy loam, 2 to 5 percent slopes, alluvium derived from granite.

Clonal Selection: Carignan, Grenache

Wines: 2012 Rosé, 2010 Carignan, 2009 Carignan

Orfila Vineyard:

Owner / Grower: Ambassador Orfila / Justin Mund

Location: San Pasqual Valley, 14.3 miles from the ocean at 400' elevation.

Soil: Fallbrook sandy loam, 9 to 30 percent slopes, severely eroded, residuum weathered from granodiorite.

Clonal Selection: Syrah (99)

Wines: 2011 Syrah

Steele Canyon Vineyard:

Location: Jamul, 18 miles from the ocean at 1200' elevation.

Soil: Placentia sandy loam, thick surface, 2 to 9 percent slopes, alluvium derived from granite.

Clonal Selection: Grenache Blanc (TCVS A), Marsanne (TCVS A), Vermentino (TCVS A), Viognier (01)

Wines: 2011 Alcalá

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Open Friday-Sunday. 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


298 Enterprise St.
Suite D
Escondido, California 92029
United States

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