298 Enterprise St.
Escondido CA 92029
Grower and winemaker Chris Broomell’s family has been farming in the San Pasqual Valley AVA (San Diego County) for five generations. But it wasn’t until after World War II that they turned to fine wine grape growing when an Australian relative suggested dry farming in times of drought. Broomell (above) and his wife and U.C. Davis-trained enologist Alysha Stehly, who co-owns the winery, grew up on other ends of Vesper Rd. in Valley Center, hence the name of the winery. Only a handful of growers impressed our editors so greatly with their deep connection to the land where they farm and make wine.
Vesper sources its fruit from roughly 35 acres across northern San Diego while the winery is located in Valley Center proper. All are farmed organically, including a few vineyards where biodynamic practices are employed. Broomell has been a leading proponent of dry farming in the area, where most growers have favored irrigated vineyard in the past.
The Picardan Jack Simon Vineyard 2016, made from a Languedoc grape that you don’t come across every day, was also one of the more exciting discoveries. There’s an overarching vibrancy to Broomell’s wines that reflect his profound sense of connection between vineyard site and bottled wine. The White Blend Rancho Guejito Vineyard 2013 (SLOW WINE) was another stand-out, with its wonderful balance of nutty and stone fruit flavors, very fresh yet meaty and savory on the palate.
TASTING ROOM Walk-ins welcome.
MAILING LIST Currently open.
SALES Tasting room and website.
WINERY TOURS n/a.
PRIVATE EVENTS n/a.
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