10 Urban Wineries To Visit Now

An afternoon spent kicking back and sipping vino sounds like bliss. And, while you don’t have to twist our arm to get us out to wine country, we don't always have the motivation to trek all the way out there to get our drink on.
So, we took a closer look at the hidden gems right here in our own backyard, scoping out the city’s coolest winery and tasting room experiences. Trust us, these spots are popping up all over S.F. and are just as indulgent as an experience in good ol’ grapeland. We'll cheers to that!
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Sutton Cellars

Tasting flights: $5

With its super-chill atmosphere and jugs upon jugs of ingredients and liquids, a step into Sutton Cellars in Dogpatch feels a little like walking into a mad scientist’s garage — and we love it. On weekends (and sometimes other days — you’ll want to check its Facebook page to find out), the winery opens its doors for tastings poured by winemaker Carl Sutton himself. Just $5 gets you a sampling of wines and a taste of the label’s ambrosial, botanical-infused vermouth.
Sutton Cellars, 601 22nd Street (between 3rd and Illinois streets); No phone.
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Sol Rouge

Tasting flights: $15

Next door to Treasure Island’s Vie Winery, boasting a lovely waterfront view and bocce ball courts, is Sol Rouge. The wines here hone in on Rhone and Bordeaux varietals and are mostly sourced from husband-and-wife winemaker duo Bryan and Jill Kane’s family estate. Bryan has more S.F. wine ties than one on Treasure Island — plus, he’s the winemaker behind The Winery SF. Swing by The Winery SF first and, just as for Vie, you can pick up two-for-one tasting cards for Sol Rouge.
Sol Rouge, 400 California Avenue, Building 141 (between Clipper Way and Avenue G); 415-756-2254.
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A.P. Vin

Tasting flights: $10

Even more reason to get your drink on along Treat Avenue in the Mission: Right next to Southern Pacific Brewing is A.P. Vin. The winery’s been around for eight years, but the tasting room doors just opened this past January (we hear an interior revamp is in the works, too). The winery specializes in Pinor Noir, using grapes from Sonoma, Monterey County, and Santa Barbara. For a $10 fee, it'll hook you up with a rotating selection of three tastes.
A.P. Vin, 622 Treat Avenue (between 19th and Mistral streets); 415-285-2773.
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Dogpatch Wineworks

Tasting flights: $9.50 to $13.50

As far as we’re concerned, this stunning, rugged-industrial event space (located just up the street from Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous ice cream shop), gives any Napa tasting room a run for its money. The space is a “collective tasting room,” meaning it opens its doors to locals who care to try their hand at winemaking. There are locally-crafted wines aplenty to be had, and selections from commercial producers. Choose from one of the pre-set tasting flights or create your own by sampling pours as small as two ounces.
Dogpatch Wineworks, 2455 3rd Street (between 20th and 22nd streets); 415-525-4440.
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Vie Winery

Tasting flights: $15

A hop, skip, and a jump away from The Winery SF, and sharing some of the same equipment, is Vie Winery, a TI outpost with a focus on Rhone varietals. With its rustic furnishings and cafe lights, this tasting room masters barn-chic to a T. There’s even bocce ball outside, right along the waterfront. We suggest calling ahead to reserve a court, packing a picnic lunch, and making an afternoon of it. Tip: If you stop by The Winery SF first, they’ll give you a two-for-one tasting card for Vie. Score!
Vie Winery, 400 California Avenue, Building 448 (at Clipper Way); 415-756-1791.
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Tank18

Tasting flights: $15

Okay, so Tank18 isn’t exactly a winery — the fermentation is done elsewhere — but it does bottle the wine on site, and the whole vibe is hip and romantic. Saddle up with a $15 flight and you’ll get four tastes, plus a seriously yummy cheese plate (ours was filled with curds and manchego). Then, come back on the third Saturday of each month for BYO day, where they will fill up your bottle with whatever wine is on hand for just $8, or spot you one of its own for $10.
Tank 18, 1345 Howard Street (at Dore Street); 415-555-1212.
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The Winery SF

Tasting flights: $10 to $20

Next door to Treasure Island’s pier and Yacht Club, and inside a 20,000 square-foot former naval hangar, is The Winery SF. Step inside and you’ll find an industrial-chic barrel room, complete with a loft-style event space on the main level and an unexpectedly airy tasting room upstairs. Help yourself to its $10 tasting, $15 “signature series,” or get both for just $20. Aficionados take note: Some of its wines are award-winning — and from our experience, the pours are generous, too.
The Winery SF, 200 California Avenue, #180 (on US Naval Station Way); 415-773-0178.
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Treasure Island Wines

Tasting flights: $5

Don’t be fooled by the motel-like exterior and parking lot: Inside the Treasure Island Wine walls is a bustling collective of four different labels — the building’s namesake, Eristavi, Heartfelt, and Bravium — all dedicated to producing “affordable luxury artisan wines.” At just $5 for about nine tastes, we’d say it lives up to its motto. We also appreciate the winery’s laid-back, canine-friendly vibe and the ample nibbles on hand — including some for your pooch, should you (or Fido) so desire.
Treasure Island Wines, 995 9th Street, Building 201 (between H and I avenues); 415-394-9463.
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Bluxome Street Winery

Tasting flights: $10 to $15

The 1800s are when San Francisco was home to more than a 100 wineries, before the 1906 earthquake and Prohibition stamped them out, and the vibe of this elegant, modern-meets-throwback space was designed to evoke that era. With plenty of glass chandeliers and an open view of the barrels, this winery also doubles as a chic event spot for a soiree. In addition to wine, it sells light bites and old-timey paraphernalia (think newsboy caps and aprons).
Bluxome Street Winery, 53 Bluxome Street (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-543-5353.
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Harrington Wine

Tasting flights: $10 during twice-yearly open houses. Private appointments at the San Francisco winery are $25 per person for four or more people.

Want to sip some sulfite-free wine? Harrington Winery is one of the few places that can help you out. Its Terrane line includes said wines, sourced from organic vineyards. Beyond that, the winery also specializes in Pinot Noir and crafting vino from lesser-known California grapes like Chabono and Tannat. Stop by its Hunter’s Point locale during one of its epic, twice-yearly open houses in November and June (think: 15 tastings plus barrel sampling for $10) or call ahead and round up a few friends to set up a private tasting.
Harrington Wine, 1559 Custer Avenue (between Rankin and Quint streets); 415-824-1824.
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