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Altipiano Vineyard and Winery, Escondido, CA

Altipiano Vineyard and Winery

4.8
4.8
105 Reviews
$50 and over
Winery
Guests must be 21 years or older. Altipiano is a winery only, perched high above San Pasqual Valley’s San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido’s Highland Valley Wine Country, Altipiano is family owned and operated. This award winning artesian boutique vineyard and winery is surrounded by Denise and Peter’s Tuscan Villa complete with a Tasting Room, Winemaker’s Library, Barrel Room and a Winery production facility. Shaded, welcoming patios, umbrella-covered tables, fountains, firepits and terraced gardens line the handsome Tuscan-inspired property that invites guests to sit, sip and take in the majestic and compelling landscape. Denise released her first wines in 2012. Her focus as a winemaker is on Italian varietals, including the Estate Sangiovese (Brunello Clone), Super Tuscan, and Barbera. Other varietals produced are Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Petite Sirah, Aglianico, Merlot, Nero D’Avola, Primitivo, Syrah.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 839-7999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RB

    RaeB

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    First, I have to say that the wine was really good. Since it IS a winery, that's important, and the wine they made really is delicious. The venue itself, however, did not meet the expectations I had based on their website. The seating area is a cramped, extended patio outside the owners' home. It was a little odd that we sat next to a window looking into their house, but the view was beautiful, and there was live music (the guitarist was sensational). The real issue was the owner, who showed us a complete lack of hospitality. We spoke on the phone with her twice before making the reservation, yet she failed to mention that they do not serve any food at all - no snacks, no cheese, nothing. That isn't unheard of, but it's a fairly remote winery, so there wasn't any hope of ordering food or running out to grab anything. Considering we mentioned to her that it was a birthday and we expected to be there all afternoon, I would have expected that she mention it. We were "greeted" upon arrival with a shrug and treated like unwelcome visitors to her home, rather than customers with a reservation. One of our party called ahead to check if it was ok that she brought her newborn, but it wasn't, & she told the owner she'd leave her with a sitter. When we arrived, the owner told us she'd reduced our party because two of us weren't coming, then became irritated when they arrived. She complained to multiple people that she couldn't wait until the customers left, and then took a few of us aside and asked us to wrap it up an hour and a half before her listed closing time. We weren't loud/obnoxious, and we bought 10ish bottles plus flights. We also paid for the private tasting to learn about the wines, but the waitress delivered the flights, and the owner never came to tell us about the wine (they also didn't have enough glasses for 11 of us???). We had a great time, but it was because we're friends and could laugh at the terrible service. We'll never return.
  2. T

    Tyknee23

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great people making great wine. Always a excellent experience
  3. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great time at Altipiano winery, Great music, great wine, great service! Will be back soon!
  4. SS

    SusanS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Hard to review since this is not a restaurant but a winery. No food. But the most amazing wines. It’s worth the drive if you appreciate fine wines. The ambiance is very comfortable, with beautiful patio settings. The owners are a lovely family who take pride in there wines and business. We bring our own pairing appetizers. I’m also a member so I can enjoy their bottles at home too.
  5. DJ

    DominicJoseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the wine and welcoming atmosphere. Even on their busiest day, they are friendly and provide excellent customer service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On 5/29/2022, I traveled from Los Angeles for their Sunday live jazz and a lovely wine tasting. The owner, Denise Clarke, greeted me with a smile upon arrival, and my table was meticulously labeled with a personalized welcome sign. Also, her daughter, Tanisha, was very amiable, attentive, humorous, and informative throughout my winery experience. Although this was a solo trip, my afternoon felt like a homecoming with family and friends. I will definitely be returning in the future and next time I will be bringing loved ones with me for the awesome outdoor experience.
  7. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another beautiful day at Altipiano Winery. Great wine. Great people. Great music. Bring your own food! Will be back soon!
  8. M

    Mkb419

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Love your wine and your patio where we have sat before. We had a 1:30 reservation and were seated next to the parking lot. Many tables farther away from the cars were never filled throughout the afternoon. I guess people didn’t show up for their reservation. Love your wine and the music, but sitting 5 feet from a car ruined the ambiance especially when other tables were available.
  9. VK

    VickiK

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time!! We spent time with our friends, listening to a talented sax player, drinking several bottles of delicious Due Amici wine, and enjoying our picnic basket. Denise, Peter, Tonisha, and their staff always provide a warm, welcoming experience!
  10. a

    amyc

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day and live music.
  11. HS

    HannaS

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, delicious wine, and friendly local family.
  12. C

    Casaba

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a wonderful casual experience in a lovely setting. The winemaker and her family were the ultimate hosts and very attentive to our large group even though they had several other guests that day. I rated the food 4 stars but we did not have any food although we were invited to bring our own food and they accommodated that very well by providing a buffet table and net covers. Very thoughtful.
  13. KF

    KwekuF

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Denise and her family were very gracious and spent time explaining the history of the winery and the wine making process. Very personal touch, and ideal if setting, and a unique experience that I would highly recommend!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place with great ambience very friendly.
  15. DB

    DeeBee

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time at Altipiano winery and our host Tanisha (hope I am spelling in correctly) was amazing. She was informative, welcoming and warm. Of course the wine was great too! I will definitely be back.
  16. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great time at Altipiano! Owner & daughter are awesome. Wine is great. We bring our own food, but their charcutier boards looked amazing. Had fun celebrating Denise's birthday! Danced & enjoyed great company. Will be back soon!
  17. E

    Eric

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to spend an afternoon with great wine, wonderful staff and fantastic friends.
  18. m

    mcat

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    First off, we had no food but since we had to rate it, fair was fair. The wines were ok. But the $35 per tasting felt like a rip off. I asked if a tasting would be comped if we bought a bottle of wine. This is a common practice at wineries. The answer was "no." The ambiance was disappointing. While there is a beautiful view from the back of the house, tastings were done in a closed-in garden, affording no view. Had I taken the time to research how much the tastings (for three) were going to be, and had I known how disappointing the ambiance was going to be, we would not have gone to this winery. The website photograph is not accurate.
  19. N

    Natalia

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Very nice place, but they missing food, i recommend to take your own charcuterie
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Altipiano has wonderful big red wines! The setting is beautiful and the vibe is so cool. Be sure and make reservations though. Denise, Peter, and Tanisha makes you feel so welcomed.
  21. J

    John

    San Diego

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although no food is served, you can bring your own and are assigned a table for your group reservation in a great outdoor setting on the patio or in front of the wine tasting building. It is especially a nice afternoon when there is live music.
  22. RC

    ReneeC

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved sitting on the outside patio . Great wine Great service Thanks 🍷
  23. JP

    JennyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely day at the winery. Beautiful views, great wines.
  24. m

    michaelm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No food served here, but wine is excellent.They encourage people to bring food.
  25. CH

    CherylH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My out of town guests and I truly enjoyed the peaceful and serene atmosphere at Altipiano Winery. The attentive service and friendliness of owners was just right. The wine was superb, and one of my guests actually joined the Wine Club. Great value, beautiful grounds, and excellent wine made this a great day trip.
  26. JZ

    JoyZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The winery was beautiful and the wine was fabulous. I usually only drink big reds, yet the white was also very good. The patio had a wonderful mediterranean feel. A couple of cats sauntered by and I was transported to my memories of Italy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cute little tasting room with lovely patios. Family owned and operated and they are so lovely. Food is not served here but you can bring in your own. The wines are among the best of local wineries. They are thoughtfully blended, smooth and sophisticated. We joined the club on our first visit. There is live music on some afternoons and it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
  28. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another beautiful day at Altipiano Winery. Had a great time with friends. Will be back soon!
  29. WW

    WilliamW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a small family winery. They only provide wine, wine glasses, and water bottles, but I had to put something down for food in the review or the OpenTable app would not let the review go through. Bring your own food, drink their great wines (esp. Barbera and Sangiovese), and have a great afternoon!
  30. S

    Sharifa

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    What a gem! The owners here are incredibly courteous and knowledgeable. They make sure that your experience is excellent on all levels. Don't sleep on this one, it is truly one of the best!
  31. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue. Owner and daughter are wonderful. Great wine
  32. RA

    RochelleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience, the family was very nice and wine was delicious. We signed up to be club members
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is indescribable! From the views, to the smooth sounds playing, it was pure peace. The owners daughter was very welcoming, attentive and accommodating. We ordered the Prosecco and it was so delicious! Our overall experience was amazing & I can’t wait to visit again. Until then, I’m telling everyone that I know that this is a “Must Visit!”
  34. CA

    CamA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely setting, fantastic wine. If you're in a group, ask about the gazebo overlooking the vineyard. Unfortunately, I was stung by a bee immediately upon arrival, but the owners were so helpful (and supportive) and even got Benadryl and ice for me. Luckily, the incredible wine helped me forget about the sting and I thoroughly enjoyed my time.
  35. m

    marcil

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite winery! Best owners and wine!!! Love it here
  36. Q

    Queen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 3rd trip to Altipiano Winery. I was impressed with the welcome from the family member, the ambiance, brief history of the vineyard, and the wine was very good. My 2 girlfriends and I celebrated my friends birthday. We spent 3hrs there even in the heat which was about 90 degrees. We also brought snacks as they do not have a kitchen. While there, I booked another trip that will include 5 couples.
  37. EW

    ElaineW

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Didn't have any of their food, but I was able to bring my own. Great place. Beautiful winery. Owners & daughter are very nice. Music was great. Wine is very good! Will be back.
  38. M

    Meritage7

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the wine!!! Top quality! The place is beautiful and fun. Nicest people running it as well. Their new Airbnb rooms are incredibly beautiful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came here to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. The owner and her daughter were very pleasant and attentive. Will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Altipiano Vineyard and Winery is rated 4.8 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Altipiano Vineyard and Winery

20365 Camino Del Aguila, Escondido, CA 92025

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highland Valley Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Escondido

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Winery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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