San Pasqual Valley is now home to another notable winery ~ Cordiano Winery. Rising high above the valley in Escondido, the expansive views from the outdoor terrace are captivating and stretch for miles.
Cordiano Winery is family owned and run by Gerardo and Rosa Cordiano who are originally from southern Italy. Restauranteurs turned winemaker, the Cordianos have had great success in both arenas in the San Diego area.
Cordiano Winery is somewhat understated and has a casual, friendly feel as you walk up the path to the tasting room. In warm months, the outdoor terrace has several tasting bars and a wood-fired pizza oven. There’s now a gift shop featuring artisan wares and collectibles and construction of a new terrace continues.
The locals have discovered Cordiano Winery ~ it shows great promise of becoming one of the top wineries in San Diego County. The day I visited, we all shared a bottle of 2010 Tempranillo ~ a dark ruby-red wine bursting with plum, cherry and white pepper ~ very smooth drinking with a long finish ~ the perfect compliment with the wood-fired garlic breadsticks!
While “Squeeze me, crush me, make me wine” is the famous Cordiano Winery mantra, the big red heart on the wine bottles represents the Cordiano’s love of making great wine and great friends. Discover this shining jewel in the San Pasqual Valley when wine tasting on the Ramona Wine Trail. www.cordianowinery.com