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OUR STORY — Orfila Vineyards & Winery


Orfila Vineyards & Winery is an ultra-premium boutique winery nestled in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley, approximately 30 minutes from San Diego, on the way to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Orfila produces award-winning Rhone-style wines from grapes grown on our hillside estate located approximately 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean and from other renowned grape-growing regions in coastal California.

Orfila wines are available at the winery’s tasting room which overlooks the 70-acre estate, at select wine merchants and restaurants (via distributors and exports), through membership in the Orfila Wine Lovers (OWL) Club  or on our Website.

Since its opening in 1994,   Orfila Vineyards has been the recipient of more than 1,300 medals in major national and international competitions – a testament to the complexity, grace and opulence of its wines.

The winery has been adopted by San Diego as a favorite venue for celebrations. It has beautiful facilities for weddings, anniversary parties, corporate events, fundraisers and all types of community revelry.

Orfila Vineyards Day in San Diego County 
September 19, 2006, was proclaimed Orfila Vineyards & Winery Day in San Diego County by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The proclamation applauds our award-winning wines, history of innovation and sustainable agriculture, and success in putting San Diego on the international wine map!

In 2009, Orfila Vineyards and Winery lost our founding winemaker and friend, Leon Santoro. Santoro is largely credited for putting San Diego County on the international wine map. He understood all aspects of the San Pasqual Valley terroir and changed the emphasis of the vineyard from predominantly Chardonnay to Rhône style varietals. Ambassador Orfila notes Leon as the first in the region to recognize the vast potential for Rhône style wines, having determined that the soil conditions were similar to the Mediterranean region. More than 40 acres of the Orfila estate are now dedicated to Syrah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.

During his career at Orfila, Leon and his team produced exceptional award-winning wines, proving that fine wines could indeed be produced in Southern California. Leon was an important member of our community and will be remembered for his vision and passion for wine making, a legacy that will live on at Orfila.

Winemaker Justin Mund maintains dedication to our estate to ensure that the vineyard will continue to produce wines of exceptional quality. To date, our winery has been awarded more than 1,300 medals in national and international wine competitions and has been favorably reviewed in many prestigious wine publications