Currently our Wine is Available Online via Our WINE SHOP or for pickup only. Call (760) 787-0779 to arrange payment and pickup.
The tasting patio is closed for the season. We will be re-opening the tasting patio on Oct. 29th & Oct 30th, 2022
and then following the normal schedule of every 2nd and 4th weekend henceforward.
Calendar of Dates Open
Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch is a boutique winery located on the west end of the Ramona Valley AVA. Our estate was established in 2001 with the first vintage crafted in 2004. We are one of the smallest wineries in Southern
California producing 150 - 200 cases per year. We are also proud to be a woman owned and controlled winery since 2005, making us one the first in the Ramona Valley. All of our wines are produced and bottled on the Scaredy Cat Ranch premises using estate grown grapes and occasionally local Ramona Valley grapes.
We are proud to be within the boundaries of the Ramona Valley AVA. The Ramona Valley AVA was designated in 2006 by the Federal Government recognizing the distinct terroir and diverse micro-climates within the valley creating unique
growing conditions for a wide variety of wine grapes.
Ramona Valley has the nickname “Valley of the Sun” because of the long sunny days during the summer months. Day time temperatures are warm, however, as the Ramona
Valley is approximately 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the nights are typically cool and the western side of Ramona enjoys morning marine layer throughout the year. This climate is ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The great grape of Spain. In Ramona, Tempranillo feels right at home. Tempranillo is a black grape with very thick skins that makes very aromatic, silky red wine. Aromas of mixed berries and firm tannins make for a complex wine capable
It's Cab.... what can be said. King of the vineyard, and most say king of the wine world.
It has been said that Petit Verdot is like working with a temperamental actress. With a little convincing it can give a performance for the ages...or not...leaving the winemaker the urge to cut off its water supply and let the gophers
have their way. But sanity prevails and the Petit Verdot gets to see another season.
At Scaredy Cat Ranch the Petit Verdot has been excellent to date. Well worth the trouble. We do a very limited 100% bottling, but most of
it is used in the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Malbec is the wild card at Scaredy Cat Ranch. It's the squatter which has won squatter's rights. Also, since the vines are close to ranch horse, on occasion, much to the dismay of the winemaker, he has a bite or two. Kind of an impromptu
pruning or crop thinning, depending where he takes a bite.
The Malbec is used to blend in with the Cabernet Sauvignon. On its own it makes a wonderful wine with lots of blackberry flavors. However, there isn't enough production
to make a straight varietal.
The winery produces 150 - 200 cases of wine annually marketed under three labels. All estate wines are labeled as Scaredy Cat Ranch, any wine produced from nearby Ramona Valley vineyards are labeled Two Dogs Barking and a limited sparkling
production is labeled Cactus Star. All wines are made on the Scaredy Cat Ranch premises. Scaredy Cat Ranch Estate wines produced are Tempranillo, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Two Dogs Barking wines in the past have
been Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Viognier and Aglianico.
Cactus Star is a boutique winery dedicated to producing small batches of premium wines from the estate vineyard and occasionally from local Ramona Valley grown grapes. All our wines undergo cold soaking and primary fermentation in small
macro bins where the caps are punched down at least twice daily. Then the must is pressed and put into 225 liter oak barrels where the wine completes its fermentation and undergoes malolactic fermentation.
Scaredy Cat Ranch label
All wine with the Scaredy Cat Ranch label are produced using Estate Grapes
Two Dogs Barking label
Produced at Scaredy Cat Ranch using local Ramona Valley grown grapes
Cactus Star Vineyard label
Very limited production of sparkling wine. Produced at Scaredy Cat Ranch using the traditional Methode Champenoise method, which means fermented in the bottle.
We are a very small boutique winery. Our tasting patio is only open when we have wine to sell! As is the the nature of having limited wine available, we are open for tasting on a seasonal basis. Our open season typically runs from the
end of October (Halloween) until the end of Febuary, sometimes earlier, sometimes later.
When open, our schedule is: Every 2nd and 4th weekend of the month on Saturday & Sunday, weather permitting! Please Call (760) 787-0779 to schedule an appointment.
Hours: 1pm - 4pm
Please review the calendar for specific opening dates.