Ramona Valley is on the verge of becoming the next Foxen Canyon of wine trails… Windy roads lead to Salerno Winery, tucked off Highway 67 behind the stately cypress trees and majestic oaks. Rising 1,500 feet above sea level, Ramona Valley, with its own micro climate has been recognized with its own AVA appellation.
Salerno Winery is definitely eclectic ~ lacking the hype of Temecula Wine Country glitz and busloads of unruly drunken 21 year-olds. Rounds of somewhat bizarre, romanesque/greek/modern marble and bronze artworks are haphazardly placed around the walking paths in Salerno’s vineyard. There’s even a bocce ball court on the lower level.
Owners Herman and Rose Salerno personally greet guests, mostly fellow neighbors, on the spacious shaded patio. Using old-world, handcrafted wine making methods, Herman has earned 75 national and international awards since the first vintage in 2002. [Read more…]