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Source:  Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

June 22, 2017 (Ramona) -- The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) announced that a total of thirteen wines from six of its winery members received top awards from the sixth annual The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. The competition is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair. 

775 wines from 252 wineries were professionally judged on February 18-20, 2017 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Four RVVA members’ wines received gold medals, and nine wines received silver.

Bill Schweitzer, president of the RVVA, said, “We are proud that our members’ wines are recognized as superior in a competitive group of wines from recognized national and international brands. As we continue to grow our region, we expect to see even more.”

Gold Medal and Tie for Best of Ramona Valley AVA:

Hatfield Creek (Ramona, Calif.) – Gold – Fonzi Field Blend (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2015

Woof ‘n Rose (Ramona, Calif.) – Gold – Happy Tails (Ramona Valley AVA) 2013

Other Gold Medals were awarded to:

Mahogany Mountain (Ramona, Calif.) – Gold – Cabernet Sauvignon (Ramona Valley AVA) 2012

Ramona Ranch (Ramona, Calif.) – Gold - Super Tuscan (South Coast) 2014

Silver medals were awarded to:

Castelli Family Vineyards (Ramona, Calif.) – Silver – Cabernet Sauvignon (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2013

Hatfield Creek (Ramona, Calif.) – Silver – Happy Daze (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2014

Hatfield Creek (Ramona, Calif.)– Silver – Petite Sirah (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2014

Highland Valley Vineyards (Escondido, Calif.) – Silver – Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) 2014

Highland Valley Vineyards (Escondido, Calif.) – Silver – Syrah (San Diego County) 2014

Highland Valley Vineyards (Escondido, Calif.) – Silver – Craftsman Cuvee I (San Diego County) 2013                                                                                                        

Ramona Ranch (Ramona, Calif.) – Silver – Sangiovese (Ramona Valley AVA) 2013

Woof’n Rose (Ramona, Calif.) – Silver – Merlot, Reserve (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2013

Woof’n Rose (Ramona, Calif.) – Silver – Petit Verdot (Ramona Valley AVA) Estate 2013

About the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA)

The Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) was approved in January 2006 based on its unique microclimate, terroir, and history for grape production. AVA designations, or “appellations,” were first created under federal law in 1980, and the Ramona Valley is the country’s 162nd area to be granted a designation and the second in San Diego County. With 89,000 acres, the area covers 139 square miles. It is one of the fastest growing AVAs in the country and features approximately 40 wineries and more than 100 vineyards.

About the Toast of the Coast

2017 marks the sixth year of The Toast of the Coast, a joint project of the 22nd District Agricultural Association and the San Diego County Fair. The competition is open to bonded wineries throughout the United States and Mexico. The Toast of the Coast Festival on June 10 is open to the public and features award-winning wines during the annual San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. The San Diego County Fair is the largest county fair in the United States, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.thetoastofthecoast.com.

About the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA)

The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) was founded in 2001 and dedicated “to promote, protect and enhance the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), our wines, vintners and community.” Largely responsible for securing the Ramona Valley AVA in 2006, the RVVA continues to focus on community, education, sustainable operation of vineyards and wineries, and taking a leadership role within the San Diego County wine grape industry. There are more than 100 wineries, vineyards, and business associate members in the RVVA.

About the Wineries

Castelli Family Vineyards

17872 Oak Grove Road

Ramona, CA 92065

(619) 997-5141


Contact: info@castellifamilyvineyards.com

Tasting: Invite only Saturday, Sunday 11:30 a.m. to Sunset

Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery

1625 Highway 78

Ramona, CA 92065

(760) 787-1102


Tasting Room Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Highland Valley Vineyards

15412 Bandy Canyon Rd

Escondido, CA 92025

(858) 531-6589

Tasting Room Open: see http://www.highlandvalleyvineyards.com/6.html  for tasting hours

Mahogany Mountain Vineyard & Winery

14905 Mussey Grade Road

Ramona, CA 92065

(actually on Mahogany Ranch Road)

(760) 788-7048


Tasting Room Open: Saturday, Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery

23578 California 78

Ramona, CA 92065


(760) 789-1622

Tasting Room Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Woof ‘n Rose Winery & Vineyard

17073 Garjan Lane

Ramona, CA 92065


(760) 788-4818

Tasting Room Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. – call ahead.


Joyce Strand

408-210-2422 cell


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