High on a bluff at the northern edge of the Highland Valley Wine Country in San Diego county sits Highland Valley Vineyards. The property
rests at 790' elevation with a constant westerly breeze from the cool shores of the Pacific.
This climate, together with its gravelly decomposed granite soil and southeast exposure make it ideal for growing premium grapes for outstanding wine. The property overlooks the San Pasqual Valley agricultural preserve with views of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Palomar Mountain to the north, and Vulcan Mountain to the east.
Our initial vineyards, planted in 2009 and 2010, include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. All vines are hand cultivated. In the spring and early summer of 2018, we completed our planting. Our vineyards now include Petit Verdot, Malbec, in addition to more Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. We are now growing all five of the red Bordeaux varitals and look forward to making our signature Craftsman Cuvee as an estate wine.
But wait! It was not complete! In May of 2020 we added a small block of Semillon. This is a white grape from Bordeaux which is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to create a "white Bordeaux" wine. In California there are 360,000 acres of wine grapes but only 540 acres of Semillon. We are thrilled to have this rare white grape thriving in our San Diego foothills vineyard.
Planting day, March 2010