We followed our dreams and opened an Urban Winery in Carmel Mountain Ranch on April 24, 2015. We hope to see you there soon.
Darius and Lisa Miller are passionate about family, photography and wine. They have been happily married since 1987 and have twin daughters in their early 20’s.
It was always their dream to “retire” into the wine industry and are looking forward to learning, sampling, educating and meeting people at the winery.
What is an Urban Winery?
An Urban Winery is just like any other winery you have been to, it is just not in a vineyard; it typically is in an industrial park or commercial space.
Where are you located?
We are behind Home Depot in Carmel Mountain on World Trade Drive, two buildings north of Frog’s Gym in the Carmel Mountain Business Park (12225 World Trade Drive Suite P. San Diego, CA 92128)
Why no Vineyard?
Not being tied to a specific piece of land, we are able to source the best fruit possible to make our wines. We source primarily from Napa and Sonoma counties which grow world class grapes.
What makes good wine?
It all starts with quality fruit and close attention to details. This is everything from how the grapes are cared for in the vineyard, how they are processed in the winery, how they are aged or stored and served to you. Every little detail matters to us.
How did you get started?
Lisa and I have loved wine for many years and have always been eager to learn more about wine and wine making. We have taken many classes, watched a lot of educational videos, visited a lot of tasting rooms and invested in a lot of wine. We wanted to share this enthusiasm and education with you by making wine more accessible to the local community.
Do you offer classes?
We offer a wide range of classes ranging from basic tasting, food pairing, blending, identification as well as hands on classes to bring out the winemaker in you.
Do you offer tastings?
We offer flights of wine for you to learn about and sample in the tasting room or you can reserve a private tasting, just call us. You can even buy wine by the glass to really get to know the wine.
Is the winery kid friendly?
Lisa and I are very family oriented, though a winery is not an appropriate place for underage children; they often get bored and you get frustrated. It’s better to find other arrangements for the kids.
What if I don’t know what I like, will I feel silly or stupid?
The wine industry historically make things stuffy, we DON’T. Our goal is to create a relaxed and remarkable setting for you to relax, sip and learn.