San Diego Business Journal

Winery Relocating Operations to La Mesa

Friday, June 21, 2013

Locally based San Pasqual Winery is moving its winery operations to La Mesa, as it phases out of a smaller production facility in Pacific Beach.

A statement from the San Diego company said it will officially open in a larger winery facility June 22, at 8140 Center St.

San Pasqual has an existing tasting room nearby at 8364 La Mesa Blvd. A spokeswoman said the company has chosen to move its winery, run by current owners Mike and Linda McWilliams since 2009 in the Rose Canyon area of Pacific Beach, in order to combine all of its operations in one city.

The new winery location has enough room to allow production to expand from its current 1,500 cases per year, to a potential 2,500 cases next season and up to 5,000 cases as demand rises, the statement said. The Center Street location also has its own small tasting room with limited weekend hours.

The self-described “urban winery’’ dates back to the 1970s and purchases its grapes from vineyards in San Diego County and other California regions, such as Napa Valley and Sonoma. It produces more than 15 wines, including Summervine Habanero Passionfruit, a Double Gold award winner at the 2013 San Diego County Fair.

The winery’s 2010 Lake County Malbec was recently chosen as one of five wines to represent California at an international Malbec tasting in Cahors, France.

— SDBJ Staff Report