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Meet Justin Mund of Orfila Vineyards and Winery in Escondido

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Mund.

Justin, born in 1974, grew up in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California. After high school, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College where he earned an A.S. degree. While at S.R.J.C., Justin focused his coursework on wine and viticulture. Justin then spent three vintages at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery where he split his time between the cellar and vineyards.

In 2000, Justin moved to the central coast to attend Cal Poly, SLO and earned a B.S. in Fruit Science while working as a cellar man for Laetitia Vineyards and Winery in Arroyo Grande, CA. In July, before the 2002 harvest, Justin became the Assistant Winemaker for Laetitia in which capacity he remained until 2006.

In June of 2006 Justin became the Winemaker for Addamo Vineyards and Winery, a small Estate Producer in Orcutt, CA. He spent the next four vintages crafting unique, critically acclaimed wines, with grapes both from the Orcutt estate and from select vineyards throughout the central coast.

Justin began with Orfila in May 2010 and has now completed his 8th harvest in San Diego and 20th of his career.

“It’s exciting for me to look back and see how much the Orfila team, production, and the quality of wines have developed since 2010 when I arrived. My goal is to produce the best wines we can from our estate fruit and from a select group of growers throughout California”.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Just like in any business there are struggles; However, overall it has been a great experience and we’ve had much success.

Please tell us about Orfila Vineyards and Winery.
We are a Vineyard and Winery situated on 70 acres in the San Pasqual Valley. We have 35 acres of grapes planted on the Estate. We make over 20 different wines from our Estate fruit and from purchased fruit from all over California. I believe the quality and consistency of our wines is what sets apart. We have a very busy tasting room in Escondido, we are opening a new tasting room in Oceanside that will be open by June 2018 and host many events at the winery. We’ve come to be a staple destination in San Diego.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Camping, hiking, fishing, sailing, surfing…outdoor things.
 

Pricing:

  • Tastings are $15 for the choice of 6 wines.
  • Wine prices are from $18 to $55 per bottle

Contact Info:

  • Address:
    Orfila Vineyards and Winery
    13455 San Pasqual Rd.
    Escondido CA 92025Opening June 2018:
    Orfila Vineyards and Winery (Tasting and Tapas)
    221 Cleveland St.
    Oceanside CA, 92054
  • Website: orfila.com
  • Phone: 760 738 6500
  • Email: info@orfila.com
  • Instagram: Orfila Vineyards and Winery
  • Facebook: Orfila Vineyards and Winery

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