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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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