Meet the Ramona Valley Winemakers Who Just Released Their 2017 Vintage
Marilyn and Stephen Kahle of Woof 'n Rose Winery have the perfect view for early afternoon tastings
Woof’n Rose Winery and its vineyards sit on a north-facing hillside overlooking the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area. Stephen and Marilyn Kahle own and operate the vineyard and winery with help from three sons and their respective families, producing up to 350 cases per year. What’s unique about Woof N’ Rose is that they make all their wines from Ramona Valley grown grapes, with most of them coming from the small estate vineyard.
Visit the winery and enjoy tastings on the outdoor veranda with views of the vineyards and Ramona Valley. The Kahles love of dogs and the rose bushes surrounding the winery might give a clue as to how the winery is aptly named.
What was the motivation for starting Woof 'n Rose Winery?
It was a landscaping project at first. We love the appearance of vineyards so we cleared a small part of our property to see if grapevines would grow and if it was something we enjoyed. Next thing we knew we had three acres of grapes growing nine different varietals. The best part is the vineyard is on drip irrigation, which provides water to all our property should another wildfire come our way.
How is Woof 'n Rose Winery adapting to the pandemic?
We are doing OK. The months where we were only allowed to sell bottles of wine for customers to pick up were hard. However, we are now allowed to reopen since our tasting area is completely outdoors, so with a little luck things will be picking up. We do require face masks and social distancing to allow us to control the number of guests at any given time. We have set up socially distanced tasting areas so groups can sit together but are at a safe distance from other guests.
We will be releasing our 2017 vintage wines starting this month, just in time for the holiday gifts and celebrations. We also joined with VinoShipper and are now able to ship our wines to 44 other states. A list of the states is on our website.
How are you working to help others?
As always, those of us in the wine industry continue to refer our customers to other wineries in our area. We at Woof’n Rose also donate 100% of the tip money we receive to charity.
What motivated Woof 'n Rose Winery to become an Edible San Diego business member?
We like the farm to table lifestyle that Edible San Diego supports. We try to encourage buying local, especially local wine, but the local produce, etc. is wonderful too. You can’t get much fresher than buying local.
What do you like to cook at home these days?
I have been enjoying trying recipes that I don’t usually have time to prepare. We have had some really delicious meals in the last several months. I also enjoy baking.
Woof n Rose Winery is open for tastings on the veranda Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm (reservations suggested), and weekdays by appointment.