On a warm Saturday in August, after getting a babysitter for the weekend, we headed to Cheval Winery in Escondido. It’s a quick 40 minute drive from our house in Bay Park. The moment we entered the property lined with grapevines we felt at home. Easy parking on the gravel and a short walk to the vineyard casita and tasting room. The rustic, cozy bungalow had everything we needed including a coffee maker, dishes, refrigerator, and even a frother.

After settling in, we walked over to the Tipsy Barrel Tasting Room where we sampled 6 different wines. Our favorites, Johnny Walker Bay and Red Hot Diva, suited us. We relaxed on the comfortable sofas in the shade drinking wine and listening to live music. It was a calm afternoon, before the evening crowd, with plenty of seating.

Later we explored the grounds to revel in the fruitful grapevines, exquisite show horses, a riding arena, and llamas. The incredible orange blazing sunset added to the charm of the evening. Daytime visitors go home by 7 pm, allowing overnight guests to enjoy the serene property. The three-bedroom villa, available on Airbnb, has a terrace with tables, an outdoor television, and a stone fireplace.

We ate dinner at Vintana’s, a fine dining restaurant, the food was delicious. It’s an interesting experience as the restaurant is in the same building as a high end car dealership. The main entrance is confusing, but once you get there valet is waiting to take your car. We dined on the spacious lanai enjoying the vibrant ambiance with a live band and wonderful views of city lights. Our attentive waiter explained the menu and answered our questions. We went with the Grilled Duroc Pork Chops and Crusted Ahi Tuna.

The morning was a dream, just us and the horses, drinking our coffee surrounded by nature. It was nice getting away from responsibilities and kids. Book a trip or get more information by visiting their website at ChevalWinery.com. Weekday and weekend events include yoga in the vines, Two-Step workshops, and more. Be ready to spoil yourselves because the wine is pricey.

Top 6 reasons to plan a San Diego winery staycation at Cheval Winery::
  1. Amazing variety of distinctive wines
  2. Casita and villa available for rent, no need to drive home
  3. Quiet getaway in San Diego County away from crowds
  4. Country Two-Step Bootcamp, yoga in the vines, and wine workshops
  5. Champion show horses to see
  6. Live music
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View of outside from tasting room


Outside sitting area


Tipsy Barrel Tasting Room


Tasting Room and Luxury Villa


Sofas and tables outside tasting room


Vineyard Casita


Interior of Casita


Rows of Grapevines


Bunch of Grapes


Champion Show horses


Riding arena for horses


Llama Holding Pen


Outside sitting area


Crusted Ahi Tuna at Vintana’s