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18425 Highland Valley Rd, Ramona, CA 92065
Overlooking the beautiful Highland Valley of Ramona there are about 4 acres of grapes that enjoy the breeze, which blows most of the day. The Aglianico grape, (pronounced “A-yah-nee-ko”), originated from the word Hellenic, Ellenico in Italian, means, “from Greece.” Around the 1500ad its name transformed to Aglianico. In Italy, Aglianico is considered the Barolo of the south. Our Aglianico grapes were first planted in early 2007. Approximately, 2000 vines were planted both on the east and west sides of the vineyard. Followed, was the Nebbiolo, planted only on the east side. In 2008 and 2011 we added the Aleatico grapes. We produce two kinds of wines from this grape: a dry wine and sweet dessert wine, both with incredible aromas. Wikipedia claims that, “Aleatico may very well be the most ancient wine grape.” Before the Romans times, the Greek settlers brought the first Aglianico grapes to Naples, Italy (Nea Polis or New City). From there, because of its particular characteristics, the Romans adopted the grape to make the very first commercial wine, the Falerno and exported it in the whole Roman world. Recent studies that were made on the skin of the Aglianico grapes, have shown unique preserving capabilities. The Nebbiolo is a grape mostly grown in the northern Italian region of Piemonte. From the Nebbiolo grapes, the Barolo wine is made and it is one of the most coveted Italian wines.
We are open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from Noon to Sunset.
Our Award Winning Wines

2013 Dark Rose Aglianico
Ramona Valley Estate Wine, Alc. 12.5%

– Gold Medal 2014 – Artisan Awards
– Silver Medal 2014 – Orange County International Competition
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Pacific Rim Wine Competition

2012 Dark Rose Aglianico
Ramona Valley Estate Wine, Alc. 12.9%

– Silver Medal 2013 – Orange County International Competition.
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Finger Lakes International competition, Rochester, NY.
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Toast of the Coast, San Diego Wine Competition

This pleasing rosé is so red it could pass as a Chianti. This dry Rose’ offers a refreshing palate-cleansing quality throughout. The nose has cherry, strawberry, is light and fresh with forest berry and cranberry aromas.
Aglianico is naturally high in malic acid and you can taste that crispness here.

2012 Aglianico sulfites free
Ramona Valley Estate Wine, Alc. 13%

– Gold Medal 2014 – Artisan Awards
– Silver Medal 2014 – Rochester NY Finger Lakes International competition
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Riverside Intenational Wine Competition
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition

Some 18 months of oak aging adds elements of dark spice and smoke; and the wine shows firm tannins and a long, polished mouthfeel. It’s very elegant and should withstand many more years of cellar aging.
No sulfites where used on the grapes and during the wine process.

2011 Aglianico
Ramona Valley Estate Wine, Alc. 13.2%

– Silver Medal 2012 – Riverside County international competition
– Silver Medal 2013 – Toast of the Coast, San Diego Wine Competition
– Bronze Medal 2013 – Orange County Fair Commerial Wine Competition
– Bronze Medal 2015 – Ramona Valley Wine Competition

This special wine was aged for 18 months in oak and shows a massively long and intense finish, with evolving notes of black berries, ash, prune, spice, there’s a long tail of black fruit on the finish.

2012 Trio
34% Aglianico Ramona Valley Estate Wine – 33% Cab. Sauvignon – 33% Cab. Franc. Temecula Valley. Alc.13%

– Gold Medal 2014 – Artisan Awards
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Finger Lakes International competition Rochester NY.
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Riverside Intenational Wine Competition
– Bronze Medal 2014 – Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Is a bold and blush wine with ripe aromas of blackberry pie, clove and nutmeg. Its velvety, smooth mouthfeel helps balance the wine’s overall austerity.

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25260 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA, United States

Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon to Sunset

Beautifully hand crafted wines in a peaceful country setting. Named Travel & Leisure’s #2 Vineyard in the United States. At Vineyard Grant James, we strive to express the purest form of wine. When you drink a Vineyard Grant James wine, we want you to feel the sense of place and hard work that went into making that bottle the best. We use all of our estate grapes, as well as source grapes from other local vineyards in Ramona Valley. We want to keep Ramona wine pure and focus on the boutique quality that stays true to the region. Come taste the beauty of Vineyard Grant James wine on our stone veranda overlooking our Sangiovese vineyard and the hills of the Ramona Valley. You will be welcomed with pure hospitality and have the opportunity to experience luxury wine in a perfect relaxed countryside setting. We hope that you come to visit us in Ramona, California for the chance to enjoy our wine and share in the simple pleasures of good wine and good people. While you’re here be sure to try our popular and award winning wines, including: Viognier, Rose of Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

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