A trip to the oldest operating winery in Southern California, founded in 1889 and run by the Rizzo family since 1928, feels like traveling back to early California days; some of the vines on the former Spanish land-grant property have been producing grapes for more than a hundred years. Most of the grapes now come from other wine-growing regions. A collection of quaint shops surrounds the winery. Cafe Merlot serves lunch daily except Monday, and shops sell cold-pressed olive oil and other gourmet goodies, as well as apparel, home-decor items, and arts and crafts. A glassblowing artist is often working at the outdoor furnace.
Sep 26, 2015
Shame on you, Rancho Bernardo Winery.. I have had many a lunch at Cafe Merlot, shopped the farmers market and brought out of town guests to see the place and shop but tonight when I took my high school senior to take homecoming pictures we were told we had to pay $100.00 to take photos for the 5 minutes we were to be there. There wasn't time to select another location so now she won't have photos. As last year's teen RB she had participated in many
fundraisers there and really loved the place. When I explained to the women we only wanted 5 minutes, we were still told $100.00 What a wonderful community partner... Well, Cafe Merlot and shops you can kiss my business goodbye. Someone who cares more for her 100 than seeing kids upset and whose security office lied to us is NOT ever going to see me again. I won't even have pictures to remember the place. This is going to cost you more than the $100 you wanted for pictures of your plants. AHHHHHH.