Life in Escondido: Kimberly Hunt explores the Forgotten Barrel Winery

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-29 19:22:49-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — The Escondido region has over 15 wineries or vineyards.

The former Ferrara Winery has been transformed into a rustically chic spot called Forgotten Barrel Winery. The winery is located at 1120 W 15th Avenue in Escondido.

ABC 10News went inside one of Southern California’s first vineyards, and found the tranquil hideaway was bursting with sound and celebration.

Once a month the historic site, now restored and reopened by owner Roger Grove serves a blend of arias and rose’s.

It was Opera night at Forgotten Barrel. As customers sip Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandels, and others — both sound and smell fill their glass.

Grove has created the space for Wine and opera — a pairing of two art forms.

Grove purchased the Ferrara Winery in 2016, enhancing the grounds, opening a tasting room, and bringing in a well-known veteran Napa Valley wine maker, John Robert Eppler.

Eppler’s hand-crafted wines use fruit sourced from San Diego County, Central coast, Sonoma, and the Napa Valley.

The transformation of this once over-looked sanctuary is once again making it’s mark in the wine world — and proving it will never be "forgotten" in Escondido.

Meanwhile, there are ways the City of Escondido has been a leader in North County as it relates to business. ABC 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt spoke with Mayor Paul McNamara about it, and the best parts of the city people might not know about.

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