vineyards in the spring

Reasons Why Vineyards are Looking Forward to Spring

Spring is when Nature stirs back to life after sleeping through the coldness of winter. In vineyards and wineries in California, the scenario is no different. It’s the perfect time for wines to be enjoyed.



So, What’s Brewing?


Wines go through an exacting process — the texture and taste, color and flavor can make all the difference.



Not all wines are created equal even when they stay in the same cellar, the processes and techniques being employed are all critical to the outcome. Vineyards are likely to have their own way of doing these, their best-kept secrets, to achieve the distinct flavor of their wines.



And spring is the opportune time to bring all these tasks to fruition. The traditional way of winemaking follows these steps:


Harvesting. It starts with harvesting. Whether grapes are ripe for the picking depends on their varieties. In California, harvest time is around August to September. Notably, vineyards pay particular attention to spring because it is a critical time for the growth of the plant’s root flush. Harvesting is all about timing, like clockwork to ensure the quality of the fruit and the wine it produces.


Fermenting. Harvested grapes undergo crushing and pressing. Some do it the traditional way aka, stomping, which is an event in San Diego and the nearby wine-producing estates in the state. This extracts the juice from the grapes and starts the fermentation although it can be a lot more complicated than that. It is also after the crushing that the process for making red wines and white wines diverges. White wines require little to no skin contact to avoid any coloration brought by the grape’s skin, seed, and solids. Red wines, on the other hand, welcome such contact to bring out their luscious color.


Clarifying. This process entails filtering out substances, particles or anything from the fermented liquid. The wine, now clarified, can now be bottled or aged further. It’s up to the vintners to use general filtering for the bigger particles or a finer one for scooping out the smaller ones.


Aging. The wines will then be kept indoors, in cellars for days or months. The aging can happen in concrete tanks, oak barrels, or ceramic wine eggs. Vintage wines (grown, picked, and created within a year) are in golden slumber throughout winter to be taken out in spring.



Vineyards in Spring


For blended wines, the process involves blending two or more varieties of grapes, e.g. Sirah, Merlot, and Tempranillo. The predetermined blend can be fermented together although in most cases, each wine component is fermented on its own.



They are then blended based on the percentages desired. With the blending, sediments are expected to form; one must wait for them to settle down and filter them out. The final product can be subjected to several tastes before it can be hauled out for bottling and shipping.



Winemaking is certainly an art and science but there’s magic when spring comes. To make way for the new ones, the old ones have to be shipped out. How’s that for spring cleaning wine edition!




Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula

wineries in san diego

San Diego and Its Love for Wine

Wine and dine. Days of wine and roses. One tends to associate wine with good taste, good food, and good company even when you are by yourself. Look no further than wineries in San Diego where making good wine is serious business and tasting wine gets better with age.



Wineries in San Diego


San Diego was once hailed the wine capital of California. It is, however, the first county in the state to have grown grapes and produced them into wine.



The San Diego Official Tourism Authority accounts for more than 100 wineries in the county today. Wines they produce are extracted from a diverse number of varieties or varietals cultivated in the Mediterranean-like climate of San Diego.



With vineyards and wineries in San Diego, wine tasting tours run in abundance. There you’ll have a good look at the place they grow their grapes, chat with the owners, and taste the wine they make with tender loving care.



San Diego Wine Tasting Rooms


San Diego is not a top wine destination for nothing. There’s plenty to look around for those locally produced, specialty wines.



So, how to book a wine tour?


  • Whether you go all countryside or downtown, there’s good wine waiting for you to smell, swirl, and sip. For starters, you can look up San Pasqual Valley and Ramona Valley which are both designated as an American Viticultural Area. AVAs are regions federally recognized as wine-growing areas in the U.S. AVAs act as pedigrees — they tell you where your wine came from geographically speaking. San Pasqual Valley, who has the older AVA designation than Ramona Valley, sits close to Escondido that has its fair share of quality wineries.


  • Tasting rooms are open for a given period on summer months, from March to November, and so on. They can accommodate guests on weekdays or weekends, or per appointment. Check with the winery first for any tours or events.


  • Fees vary for the wine tasting. Say, for a fee, you’ll get to taste 4 to 5 wines. Cheese and other accompaniments may be available. Look up what’s available for tasting.


  • The wine, of course. Wineries in San Diego each have their own specialties – varietals where in case you don’t know are wines made from a single grape variety like Sauvignon Blanc, wines from two varieties e.g. Rose, and more. Given that San Diego vineyards and other wineries in San Diego operate in a microcosm of temperatures, you’d expect that the climate, the aging process, and the production method all combine to create estate wines of varying flavors and textures.



Who’s in for a Wine Tour?


Did that whet your appetite for good wine? Book a tour in any of your chosen wineries in San Diego. Don’t worry, the experience itself will be exquisite – it’s definitely not any tour where you are all herded from one destination to another. It’s as intimate as it gets and you get to meet fellow wine lovers and the makers, too.




Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula

2016 tempranillo

Tempranillo & BBQ

Please Join Us!

Speckle Rock Vineyards is proud to release its 2016 Tempranillo to the public. Please join us at our new picnic area along with San Diego’s own CharBBQ to celebrate it’s release. Tickets are available now.


One glass of 2016 Speckle Rock Vineyards Tempranillo and one plate of BBQ brisket/pulled pork plate with accompaniments.


Speckle Rock Vineyards

16138 Highland Valley Road

Escondido, CA 92025