The Original Maxcy Winery

The Maxcy Homestead was built on the ranch after Col. A.E. Maxcy purchased the land in 1852 from an Ipay man named Lorenzo. Maxcy documented that he planted 500 Mission grapes in 1856. In a survey from 1883, it is estimated that his vineyard was between 15 to 25 acres during that time, producing 8-10 tons per acre. The pique of production for Maxcy was in the 1880s as one of the largest red wine producers for San Diego residents. However, by the turn of the century the operation experienced a steep decline and the vineyard and all winemaking efforts were abandoned to focus on ranching.

Picture: The Maxcy Winery in 1937.

While there are no remaining grapevines, what remains of the Maxcy winery still stands on the property today. Fire and the elements over the years have caused it to fall into further disrepair. Still, we admire the history and Maxcy’s legacy of fine wine production in Southern California and hope to one day restore the building.

In cooler months, our club members have an opportunity to experience a special tasting at the winery’s location. We also offer “Rove the Ranch” tours seasonally to club members (at a discounted rate) and to the general public.

Rockwood Valley

Our tasting room is located at the historic Rockwood Farmhouse in San Pasqual Valley.

It features beautiful, shaded gardens with scenic views looking out towards the expansive 23,000 acres of the rest of Rancho Guejito. Rockwood Ranch was one of the first farming settlements in the valley, purchased by Bernard B. Rockwood in 1885. Its location was chosen for the rich soil and the natural watershed of the land. Its legacy carries on today as growing grounds for not only many of our grapes, but our avocados, grapefruits, Cuties, and lemons.

Join Our Vintners Club

To see the ranch and all of its breathtaking views and sites, join our Vintner’s Club. As a club member, you will be invited to special tastings at select locations around the ranch throughout the year. Membership is limited.

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