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BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge is a new urban winery along SR-78 located in an industrial building owned by the same family since its original construction in 1977.  The building was remodeled into an “artisan industrial complex” in 2013 with its centerpiece being the newly-established BK Cellars Urban Winery co-founded by the grandson of the building’s original owner and his best friend.  In keeping with the artisan theme, BK Cellars features a cosmopolitan tasting lounge reminiscent of an upscale Las Vegas nightclub with crystal chandeliers and a baby grand piano along with music videos playing for patrons.  BK Cellars is passionate about their wines, specializing in Zinfandel, but also making other delicious California-grown varietals of wine including grapes from local sources in the Temecula Valley, Cucamonga Valley, and San Pasqual Valley.


Easy freeway access and access to the Sprinter rail line, of course!  We’re located within 500 feet of the Nordahl Road Sprinter Station.  As a result, most people can get to our winery faster than many others in the County.  It also makes it easier to truck the grapes from the vineyards across Southern California, especially from Paso Robles and Rancho Cucamonga.  I’d like to think our full bins of grapes aren’t as bruised as much during transit versus if they were driven to wineries for processing on windy, stop sign riddled back country roads in other parts of San Diego County.


California State University San Marcos is an excellent example of the kind of dynamic organization/company which belongs on the 78 Corridor.  CSUSM also spurred on the redevelopment of the Barham Drive/Twin Oaks Valley Road area with the new North City development.  We are especially excited about the fact that we’ll soon have hundreds of new residents only one Sprinter stop away from us!


We plan to expand our winery within the industrial building to produce even more wine than we already do in order to be able to serve our increasing number of customers.  At least that’s our hope!  We anticipate the 78 corridor becoming less retail orientated and more mixed-use oriented, allowing people to live more closely to where they work.  North City should help with this trend.

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