East County News Service
October 18, 2017 (Lakeside) - Trevi Hills Winery, which produces premium red and white varietals on hillside vineyards in rural Lakeside, celebrates its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to dusk. The 3,000-square-foot winery, tasting room and patio is located at 13010 Muth Valley Road and offers panoramic views of the historic Muth Valley and the 800-acre Trevi Hills community. The grand opening festivities celebrate the 2017 harvest of Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc and will include discounted wine flights, food trucks and bocce ball.
“Our tranquil surroundings bring to mind the hills of Tuscany,” says Michael Larrañaga, director of winery operations, who is a Certified Sommelier with the French Court of Sommeliers. “And our wines reflect that Old World style,” he said. Grapevines were originally planted on the 4-acre vineyard in 2013; the first vintage was harvested last year.
All wines will be produced on site with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and facilities by winemaker Renato Sais, who has distinguished himself with award-winning wines at Maurice Car’rie Winery in Temecula and at his family’s winery in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, Legado Sais
The tasting room, which features Trevi Hills wines by the bottle, tasteful merchandise for oenophiles and tasting flights for $8, is scheduled to be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. ‘til dusk.
Trevi Hills Winery, which is open to the public, is a featured amenity of the adjacent gated Trevi Hills community.
“We’re creating an authentic wine country lifestyle at Trevi Hills,” said Matt Deal, general manager of the community. “Homeowners can set aside a portion of their 1- to 2-acre home site as a vineyard that will be professionally managed by the Trevi Hills Winery team through our exclusive Vineyard Co-Op Club,” he said. He estimates that every 1,000 square feet planted with grape vines typically yields about 75 bottles of wine.
“People are enchanted with the dream of owning a winery – family and friends enjoying great food and great wine in an idyllic setting – but the reality is a lot of hard work and know-how,” said Larrañaga. “Our Trevi Hills Vineyard Co-Op Club makes it effortless.
“Here’s how it works: The homeowner provides the land, grape vines and water for irrigation,” he said, explaining that grapevines are well-suited to dry Mediterranean conditions and use only about 3 percent of the water required by mature avocado trees, according to the San Diego Vintners Association.
“Trevi Hills winery professionals tend the vines, harvest the grapes, make the wine, and furnish temperature-controlled storage. The homeowner and Trevi Hills split the wine produced 50/50, with the homeowner receiving their own private label wine,” said Larrañaga.
Co-op members are also invited to private tastings, winery events and the annual Trevi Hills Winery Release Party.
Trevi Hills features luxurious single-story estates with nine floorplans, ranging from approximately 3,000 to 3,500 square feet, priced from the mid $900,000s. A beautifully decorated model home is scheduled to open soon.
The Trevi Hills sales office is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Muth Valley Road is located just off Wildcat Canyon Road, near the Barona Resort outside of Lakeside.
For more information, visit www.trevihills.com.