San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Gianni Buonomo Vintners

Gianni Buonomo Vintners is San Diego’s first “beach winery” just steps from the Pacific in Ocean Beach.

On a wine tasting junket to Washington, winemaker Keith Rolle was so awed by the quality of wine that he moved from San Diego and enrolled in an Enology and Viticulture program in Washington State. As an apprentice winemaker Keith was able to work with world-class Washington grapes.

After four years in the Pacific Northwest, sunny San Diego was loudly calling him home. So, he moved back and with him he brought those same world-class Washington grapes. Keith is still making excellent Washington wines, only now he is doing it in at the beach in San Diego.

Earlier this year Keith launched his second label, Gianni California. Grapes for Gianni California are sourced exclusively from El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills AVA. Keith is the only winemaker in the US who produces both Blaufränkisch and Charbono.