Hit the Ventura County Wine Trail

Enjoy a fun, relaxing southern California wine tour

The Ventura County Wine Trail formed three years ago when several local wineries decided to ban together to showcase their award-winning wines by offering tours and public wine-tasting rooms. The Ventura County Wine Trail now includes 17-family owned wineries and is fast becoming a premier southern California wine tour.

Here's a handy guide to what you’ll taste and experience on the wine trail, written by our friends and wine enthusiasts, Brian Larkowski and Eric Garnier…

Boccali Vineyards and Winery:     3277 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai

Phone: (805) 701-5193                   Website:  www.boccalivineyards.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Fri-Sun 12-5 pm          

Casa Baranca Winery

Nestled high in Upper Ojai Valley below the Topa Topa mountains is Boccali Vineyards and Winery. The family started farming here in the late 1800's.  All of their wines are 100% estate and 100% varietal (no blending). The total operation of wine making is done on site, guaranteeing quality from start to finish. Also unique is that each of their wine labels reflect some kind of reference to Ojai. Also on the property is their restaurant, which uses many of the fruits and vegetables grown right on the property.

Casa Barranca:                                   208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai

Phone: (805) 640-1255                   Website: www.casabarranca.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Friday – Sunday   12noon – 6pm          

Casa Baranca Winery

Casa Barranca is the first Certified Organic Winery on the Central Coast. They use old world methods and their amazing wines are characterized by bold flavors and depth. These folks know exactly what they are doing and have become another piece of Ojai culture. One more cool thing to do in Ojai…

Old Creek Ranch Winery:              10024 Old Creek Road, Ventura

Phone: (805) 649-4132                   Website: www.oldcreekranch.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Daily 11:00am – 5pm

This winery is a piece of Americana. Your journey starts as you head up Highway 33 and turn onto Old Creek Road. You drive through a shallow creek to the end ofOld Creek Winery the road and you can’t help but feeling that you are returning to a simpler time on the farm. The friendly dogs may even escort you to the tasting room and gift shop. They have an extensive repertoire of wines that are produced from grapes all over California. It’s like California’s best, brought here just for you. After a couple trips there, you begin to feel like part of the family. Great wines. great folks, great setting…. Laid back and relaxing.

Herzog Wine Cellars:                      3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard

Phone: (805) 983-1560                   Website: www.herzogwinecellars.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Sunday – Friday  11am – Restaurant Closing

Herzog Wine CellarsHerzog is a great story of immigrants coming to America in the late 1940’s and working hard to start a wine making business in New York. After some difficult years, the family operations began to prosper. In 1985, they decided to expand the business to California. After renting facilities for years, they were finally able to build a beautiful, state of the art facility in Oxnard. They have a wonderful restaurant & full selection of great wines ranging in price from modest to high end.  In the Jewish tradition, they produce Kosher wines.

Rancho Ventavo:                             741 South “A” Street, Oxnard

Phone: (805) 483-8084                   Website: www.ranchoventavo.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Rancho Ventavo Cellars

These folks began making wine as a hobby and were prodded by friends to start their own winery. They are conveniently located in Heritage Square which is great when they have events there. A local winery definitely adds another touch of class to this wonderful area. George is the winemaker and has the passion for it. These labor of love wines center on the reds and are made from grapes hailing from a vineyards all over California.

Bella Victorian:                                  2135 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo 

Phone: (805) 383-8800                   Website:  www.bellavictorianvineyard.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Wednesday – Sunday from 11:30am

Bella Victorian is a small, family owned winery, boutique and Bistro located in Historic Old Town Camarillo. They have a wonderful French Chef, (Gael Lecolley) that has over 20 years experience.

Bella VictorianThis winery is characterized by highly cultured wines. Although most of their grapes are currently from other areas of California, moving forward, they are devoted to growing the grapes locally. Wine members are eligible to attend pick-up parties at the ranch and vineyard. The vineyard is also available for weddings & special occasions. Call them for more information.

Camarillo Custom Crush Winery:               300 S. Lewis Rd., Camarillo

Phone: (805) 484-0597                              Website: www.camarillocustomcrush.com

Open 12 - 5:00 Saturdays and Sundays

Camarillo Custom Crush WineryThis company offers services to individuals, local vineyards, restaurants and businesses looking to make their own wine. They work on a minimum of 60 gallons (300 bottles) & wine is bottled twice a year. You can use your own grapes or they will help you find some that suit your taste.

Cantara Cellars:                                126 Wood Road Suite 104, Camarillo

Phone: (805) 484-9600                   Website: www.cantaracellars.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Saturday and Sunday   11:00am -5pm 

                                                                        and by appointment

Cantera Cellars

This winery makes a full range of award-winning wines with grapes, primarily from the Lodi area. Big reds like their Trio Sonata do a great job of capturing the essence of the rich, juicy grapes that grow in the hot dry climate of Lodi. Visitors can also enjoy barrel samples and meet with the winemaker to get the inside scoop on how these wines are made. 

Malibu Family Wines:                     31800 Mulholland Highway, Malibu

Phone: (818) 865-0605                   Website: www.malibuwine.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Daily from 11:00am

Malibu Family Wines

Malibu wines is situated in a park-like setting. It would be a greatvenue for a wedding or other celebration. The weather can be quite warm but outside under the shady tress, it is comfortable and relaxing. They have a nice grouping of wines that are produced from grapes grown in the Malibu AVA known as Saddle Rock. Some great grapes are being grown in the Malibu area and they are sure to get better and better as time marches forward.

Rosenthal Estate Wines:               26023 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Phone: (310) 456-1392                   Website: www.rosenthalestatewines.com

Tasting Room Hours:                      Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Rosenthal Malibu EstateThis winery is another that uses their own grapes grown in the Malibu AVA known as Newton Canyon. They have a nice variety of whites and reds and work in conjunction with the Surfrider foundation. A number of their wines carry this label as a portion of proceeds go towards supporting this worthy cause.  The estate has been growing grapes for quite some time and when it comes to making wine, they know their way around the barrel. We especially liked the Merlot.

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