Ramona wine industry celebrates National Wine Day and start of summer season

Industry booming as more wineries open
Posted at 5:58 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 10:31:25-04

RAMONA, Calif. (KGTV) - In the past decade, the Ramona Valley has become an unlikely destination for wine enthusiasts, with nearly 30 wineries opening.

The boom started in 2010 when the county eased regulations, allowing smaller wineries the ability to open tasting rooms.

"That was a tremendous boost," said Marilyn Kahle.

Kahle and her husband, Steve, own Woof'n Rose Winery and they've been making wine since 2007.

"This is a lot of hard work and it's a passion," she said. "If you don't have the passion, it's really not worth it."

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This weekend, the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association is hosting it's "Summer of Wine Kick Off," with wineries staying open longer hours and offering specials on tasting. They're hoping it's the start of another banner year for the industry in Ramona.

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