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Welcome to Speckle Rock Vineyards

San Diego is the 5th largest county for Type 2 winemaker license in California. From 2015-2016 wine sales increased 88%, and generated $30.4 million in regional economic impact. Speckle Rock Vineyard and DG Cellars winery co-exist on the Perrin Oak Ranch, that is located at the 1200-foot elevation mark high atop Highland Valley Road, Escondido California. The recently completed, modern 4000 square foot winery features five Sonoma Cast stone concrete tanks, surrounded by all the latest high-quality equipment, and sparkling stainless steel. Our Head Winemaker is Ivan Caloca, who hired on at the start of 2017 season. He came to us from Paralelo winery owned by Casa De Piedra located in the Guadalupe Valley Ensenada, Mexico. Speckle rock Vineyards is entering its fourth vintage season and all the bottled & cellared wines are expressing themselves spectacularly. We are very proud of our unique varietal selection, it gives us a huge selection to play with from varietal wines to blends. Varietals planted are Sauvignon Blanc, Falanghina, Clairette Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Grenache, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Carmenere, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo. The 2015 vintage was field blended & is still barrel aging, the 2016 vintage is already bottled, and 2017 we have bottled two whites, one rose’.

The property has many unique features, such as a majestic marine layer that come in from the coast just 24 miles away via the San Pasqual Valley directly below us and covers the vineyard in morning fog regularly.

The 200 plus acre Perrin Oak Ranch has gorgeous granite rock features, offers 360-degree panoramic views from its many hilltops. The lush valleys are lined with old Oak trees, a private lake, ponds, waterfalls, rock features. The grove side of the property has 1400 avocado trees, a selection of citrus trees, and vegetable garden. But the highlight is the 23 acres of rolling hillside vineyard, with over a dozen private picnic setting to choose from, all with food and wine pairings to enjoy a great picnic in the country.

The property has a warming calmness to it. Once you enter the gates, you will feel the open space and you will want to come back to claim your own piece of the private & secluded countryside paradise. It has an overwhelming presence of serenity, placidity, tranquility. We are hoping to always be a favorite place for the refined wine lovers, adventurers at heart and youthful wine explorers.

We welcome you to Speckle Rock Vineyards!

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From Avocados to Wine: Into the Story of How the Perrin Oak Ranch Began and Evolved Through the Years

Producing wine will never be complete without the history of how it all came to be. The best beverages and the best dishes did not spring out of the blue. Below is a brief history of how Speckle Rock began seeking to be one of the top vineyards in San Diego.

 

 

Before Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars even began to produce fine wine to sell to the market today, it went through a whole lot of history that’s worth sharing as to how they make their products.

 

 

In this piece, we all look back in time as we remember how this promising ranch began their journey to becoming one of the top vineyards in San Diego. Discover the wonderful history of the Perrin Oak Ranch: home of the Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars.

 

 

A Brief History of the Perrin Oak Ranch

 

Back on December 8, 1977, Duane and Clea Perrin bought a beautiful 320-acre property nestled in the Highland Valley Road in Escondido, California. After naming it as Perrin Oak Ranch, they began developing the ranch in 1980. These led them to plant 5000 Hass avocado trees across 55 acres.

 

 

The fruits of their labor showed great potential and the Perrins knew it’s definitely a start of something new. However, the beauty of the ranch did not only lie in its potential. The entire ranch itself is a picturesque location that will take your breath away.

 

 

Its location lies 24 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and the land it stands is elevated from hundreds to thousands of feet high from the ground. Because of this, you will be greeted with a rich blanket of fog throughout one of the top vineyards that make up for majestic mornings. It’s definitely a sight you want to wake up to.

 

 

“Born from the Ashes, Raised on the Vine”

 

 

But then the Perrin Oak Ranch encounters a tragic event along the way. On October 22, 2007, the tragedy of the Witch Creek Fire struck on the southeast part of the San Diego Wild Animal Park which was on the other side of the San Pascual Valley.

 

 

As the fire fuels itself by over 100 mph winds, it spread up the Bandy Canyon and creating a huge firestorm. The fire ate up the majority of the Perrin Oak Ranch and almost took the life of its owner, Duane “D.O” Perrin while he was sleeping. Thankfully, he got out to safety in time.

 

 

The fire destroyed structures, farm equipment, and, most of it all, about 3000 avocado trees. The only thing that was left standing after the fire was finally put out was the granite boulders that carry the words “Speckle Rock”.

 

 

From that tragic memory, Duane decided to rise up from the ashes and start over. Instead of replanting avocado trees, he decided to plant wine grapes. Through that move, the Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars were born.

 

 

Currently, the ranch has more than 23 acres of the vineyard where the magic of wine production happens. Each year we target to plant more acreage to reach our 40-acre goal and ultimately yield 4,000 cases every year and continue aspiring to be one of the top vineyards in San Diego, complete with wine tasting events and bottles wines.

 

 

The inspiring story of how it all came to me was how their slogan was inspired: “Born from the Ashes, Raised on the Vine.” Because that’s what we did, then we came about from the ashes of an unforgettable tragedy yet faced a future through their vines.

 

 


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

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What the Falanghina! Here’s What You Need to Know About the Falanghina Wine

Falanghina wines are an ancient native wine grape of the Campania region of Italy. It is also known as the Falanghina Greco. The GH makes a hard “G” sound, so Falanghina is pronounced “fah-lawn-ghee-nah”. There are two distinct varieties. One is the falanghina beneventana which has a rich floral structure. The other one is the falanghina flegrea which comes with a fruity and delicate flavor.

 

Falanghina wine is a great wine for all seasons, but really shines during the warm-weather season. An excellent choice for consumers who are looking for something different in a white wine selection. It loves to be served chilled. This affordable white wine option gives a refreshing, reviving, and thirst-quenching kind of magic from every sip.

 

 

Finding Falanghina Wines

This wine is a signature white wine of the southern Campania region of Italy. It’s a region that encompasses Naples. However, a selection was donated to the Foundation Plant Services public collection in 2000 by Carlo Mastrobererdino, Mastroberardino Winery, in Atripalda in the Campania region of Italy. The original plant material underwent microshoot tip tissue culture disease elimination therapy at FPS in 2000. After successful completion of testing for the California Grapevine Registration & Certification Program, Falanghina 01 was planted in FPS Classic Foundation Vineyard in 2005. Finally in November 2014 Falanghina was approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.

 

 

An internet search for Falanghina wines will yield results mostly from Italy, yet this ancient varietal is finally finding its footing on American soil, especially in California. With just a hand full of vineyards planted, the California growers are poised to put Falanghina on the map as the next great white wine. One such vineyard and winery is Speckle Rock Vineyards of Escondido, California. With 1800 vines planted from 2013-2015 Speckle Rock Vineyards 2016 bottling was good, but the 2017 vintage is spectacular with 250 cases produced. It is the favorite of all who visit the 23 acre vineyard and tasting room located at 16138 Highland Valley Road, in Escondido, Ca.

 

 

Future of Falanghina Wine for the West Coast?

The growth potential of this varietal in California and the West Coast is very promising. Why? Because the West Coast and specifically California love Italian varietals and red wine. How does this help the growth of Falanghina wine? Knowing that white wine holds a smaller percentage of the wine lovers palate, only means there is room for growth, if the white wine is the right fit. An Italian varietal like Falanghina can fill this void yet not filled among the red wine lovers, who are looking for a white wine they can enjoy like a red. The facts are that West Coast wine lovers love their Italian varietals. So, Falanghina offers a fruity and floral delicateness which deserves its own spotlight among wine lovers and connoisseurs on both sides of the fence.

 

 

How Should You Enjoy a Great Falanghina Wine?

Falanghina wines are a great companion for a hearty lunch as it is fresh and tangy enough to pair with food. It’s a good partner when you’re sitting in the garden, on the beach, enjoying a picnic or just basking in the beautiful summer sun.

 

For foodies, it’s best to pair with delicious tomato-based Neapolitan dishes like spaghetti. It’s also great with mouth-watering seafood like scallops, fresh squid with lemon juice, and dressed crab. And the cherry on top of it all, it’s the perfect pair for a drool-worthy slice (or two) of a Margherita pizza.

 

Hungry yet? Well, make your food adventures more memorable with a delicious white falanghina wine for a better experience. Bon appetit!

 

 


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