Did you know that Orange County is home to many wineries and vineyards? While most people think of the beaches and prime shopping destinations, another great element of Orange County is the available selection of Southern California wines. If you love wine tasting, check out these Orange County Wineries for your next outing.
A Stone’s Throw Winery
29943 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
A Stones Throw Winery at Hamilton Oaks is located in San Juan Capistrano in the historic Swanner House – a home built in 1916 surrounded by citrus trees. When the property was rehabilitated, the proprietors planted four rows of mission vines to pay homage to the areas history. Mission vines were brought to the area from Spain in 1926 by two priests who came to Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Bellante Family Winery
23854 Via Fabricante Unit D-2, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
The Bellante Family Winery has been making handcrafted wines from Santa Barbara fruit since 2000. The winery specializes in Rhone Reds, Pinot Noir, and Viognier. The tasting room in Mission Viejo offers tasting options and flights on select weekends. Bellante Family Winery offers wine club options. Club members can use their funds to purchase bottles from the tasting room with a 20% discount. Club members will also receive two free tastings or two free glasses per month.
Cowboy Canyon Winery
16162 Jackson Ranch Road, Silverado Canyon, CA 92676
Cowboy Canyon Winery is located in Silverado Canyon surrounded by working horse stables. The tasting room offers award winning wines with country charm and country music in the background. Wine enthusiasts can join the Cowboy Canyon Wine Club. The wine club is free to join and subscribers can choose from the Ace-High Membership or the Whole Hog Membership. The Ace-High Membership includes four bottles of wine three times per year plus 15% off additional purchases online and in person. The Whole Hog Membership includes six bottles of wine three times per year, plus 20% off. Wine club members at both levels will receive priority invitations to special winery events including a hosted holiday party and gift.
Frisby Cellars Winery
20331 Lake Forest Dr. Suite C-3, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Established in 2008, Frisby Cellars Winery develops award winning wines from distinguished Paso Robles vineyards. The wine is developed in Paso Robles and moved to the Orange County Urban Winery & Tasting Room in Lake Forest where wine enthusiasts can experience the delicious varietals. Frisby Cellars develops both red and white varietals. Tastings are available Saturday and Sunday and reservations are available for large groups. Frisby Cellars also offers a variety of wine club memberships for enthusiasts who wish to receive Frisby Cellars Wines delivered to their door every month. There are two additional Frisby Cellars locations in Dana Point and Rancho Mission Viejo. The Dana Point Harbor location is open every day offering wine tasting, wine by the glass, craft beer, and food such as truffle mac and cheese, flatbreads, and charcuterie boxes. The Rancho Mission Viejo location is also open seven days a week with wine, beer, and food and guests can also enjoy food trucks and live music on select weekends.
Dana Point Harbor Location:
34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point
Rancho Mission Viejo Location:
28522 & 28526 Airoso Street, Rancho Mission Viejo
Giracci Vineyards and Farms
16162 Jackson Ranch Road, Silverado Canyon, CA 92676
The rustic and captivating Giracci Vineyard and Farms is located in majestic Silverado Canyon on a historic horse ranch. The award-winning winery officially opened in 2010 and offers seven vintages including Pinot Noir, Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Roussanne. Giracci Vineyards is available for wine tastings, historic ranch tours, lunch in the vineyard, weddings and corporate events. They also feature an equestrian center with boarding and training facilities.
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Canyon Winery opened in 2003 with grapes shipped direct from the regions of Sonoma and Napa, bringing some of California’s best flavors to Laguna Beach. The winery offers a selection of white, red, and sparkling/dessert wines. The exceptional venue offers wine tastings and tours, WineMaker Dinners, and wine and cheese receptions, and is an ideal location for weddings and corporate events. Laguna Canyon Winery offers a wine club in which members can earn up to 35% off wine purchases based on credits earned.
16 Technology Drive, Suite 163, Irvine, CA 92618
849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
381 Forest Ave, Suite 100D, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
McClain Cellars is a winery from Santa Ynez with three wine tasting rooms in Orange County. Each wine bar has tasting rooms plus varying features at each location including barrel tasting and wine blending at the Irvine location.
Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery
2128 Mesa Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery is located in the Upper Newport Bay with 1200 vines. The winery specializes in reds and develops the award winning Meritage. Each vintage developed at Newport Beach Vineyards is a blend of up to five traditional Bourdeaux red wine grapes. The Vineyard and Winery does not have a public tasting room but they do offer special 2-hour tours and tasting events by appointment. The Newport Beach venue is also a favorite for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions.
Orange Coast Winery
869 West 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Orange Coast Winery is an exciting Orange County wine destination that offers a variety of red and white wines available for tasting. They also serve food and feature special events like live music, craft and wine events, and Sangria Sundays. The Orange Coast Winery is an ideal venue for private and corporate events and they offer a variety of packages to accommodate individual events. For wine enthusiasts who can’t get enough of the Orange Coast Winery varietals, they offer a selection of wine club memberships that include discounts on wine purchases, complementary wine flights, complementary cheese plates, and more.
Pozzouli Vineyard and Winery \ Centro & Storico
Pozzouli Vineyard and Winery used to have a tasting room in Tustin offering a selection of wines crafted from grapes from their Paso Robles location. While the tasting room is now closed, you can still experience Pozzouli Wines at their local restaurants: Centro, a winery, micro brewery, and eatery, that is open daily to the public, and Storico, a spaghetteria and cafe.
Centro: 140 E Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780 | 714-258-8817 #2
Storico: 405 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780 | 714-258-8817 #1
Rancho Capistrano Winery
26755 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
In the heart of San Juan Capistrano’s historic district, Rancho Capistrano Winery and restaurant serves up to 40 wine selections and delectable dining with a 3000 square foot heated outdoor patio. The patio is dog friendly and features a large, cozy fireplace and live music on select evenings. In addition to the extraordinary wine, guests will enjoy food selections like the ahi poke stack, hand cut ribeye, and seafood risotto. Rancho Capistrano Winery offers a selection of wine club options for enthusiasts who wish to receive regular shipments. Membership includes select wines, tastings, discounts on purchases, and invitations to special events. A second location is now open in San Clemente and a third location in Ladera Ranch.
San Clemente Location:
124 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672 | 949-276-2197
Ladera Ranch Location:
25682 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 | 949-542-8340
Seal Beach Winery
3387 Cerritos Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
The Seal Beach Winery offers a distinguished selection of wine made from the best vineyards along the Central Coast like Los Olivos and Santa Barbara. They offer a large selection of wine including red, white, and rose, plus meat and cheese platters and dessert plates. The tasting room in Los Alamitos offers wine by the glass, by the bottle, and by flight and tastings include six pours. Wine enthusiasts can sign up for the wine club and receive shipments of select bottles three times per year, plus discounts on additional purchases and complementary tastings.
Winery At Main Street
4861 Main Street, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
The Winery At Main Street, located in the heart of Old Towne Yorba Linda, opened in 2010. They make red, white, and fruit wine in-house with grapes sourced from around the world. Visitors to the tasting room can enjoy a selection of delicious wines, plus appetizers and small plates including meat and cheese platters and hummus. The winery also offers a wine club for enthusiasts that includes access to exclusive releases, discounts, and other membership perks.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.