Updated: Jun 22, 2020
Julian's first winery, Menghini Winery, was established in 1982. Just 5 minutes outside of Julian at 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, you can find Toni and Mike Menghini pouring a fresh bottle of wine. This beautiful winery was once Bud Farmer's processing plant and apple orchard that occupied the majority of Volcan Valley. Bud had a very successful apple orchard and was one of the first pie makers in Julian, originally selling his pies in Wynola.
Today, Menghini Winery is surrounded by Bud's original apple trees, now divided into smaller u-pick orchards. You can see everything from wildlife to vintage cars and equipment. It's unique location and size makes it the perfect spot for large festivals and weddings. Every year they host The Dance, Julian Grape Stomp, Julian Apple Days Festival, and the Julian Music Festival. The Menghini's also help with a variety of events including the Julian 4th of July Parade, Julian High School Homecoming, Julian Country Christmas, and so much more! For a more quiet visit, come see the Menghini's during the week or when a major event isn't going on.
If you decide to come up for the Grape Stomp, be sure to look for our hand-poured Menghini's Chardonnay all American soy candles. In addition to a bottle of Menghini wine, these candles are the perfect gift for any wine lover.