Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

A (not so hidden) gem

I’d never heard of the Salerno Winery until it popped up as an outing for one of the many photography meetup groups I belong to. I’m always down for a bit of vino with my photos so I signed up.

Salerno Winery is just off of Hwy 67 in Ramona, CA, about 30 minutes away from my home in Santee. Its small, but they have big plans! They recently acquired an investor who is putting a lot of time, money, and effort into making this a destination.

They’ve added an expansive sculpture garden (still a work-in-progress as of publishing this article) with many incredible works of art. There is also a lovely terrace for sitting and enjoying wine while gnoshing on their homemade wood-fired pizzas! Many weekends they also host musicians to serenade their guests.

I was definitely in my “happy place.” I wandered the gardens camera-in-hand, and then sat down to a delicious margherita pizza for lunch, a few tastes of wine, all along listening to live music.

A few of my favorites from around the gardens:

Sculpture Garden | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Sculpture Garden | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Giant Chess | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Giant Chess | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Sculpture Garden | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Giant Chess | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Sculpture Garden | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

Giant Chess | Salerno Winery | Ramona, CA

I stuck with my nifty fifty (Canon 50mm f/1.8). I’m having a great time with this little lens. Its single focal length is forcing me to be a bit more creative with my compositions and I LOVE the bokeh (shallow depth of field) you can only get with a really fast lens.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Meetup groups where I can meet people with similar interests and visit new places. They are a wonderful distraction while my husband is deployed.

What are you thankful for today?

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