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Koi Zen Cellars Craft Winery

Gather with friends and neighbors at this pretty, polished winery tucked away in a Carmel Mountain Ranch business park

Owned and operated by Darius and Lisa Miller, the winery is their labor of love, a dream that became a reality when they opened their doors in April 2015. The warm and welcoming venue is named after a koi pond Darius built in the couple’s backyard.

At Koi Zen Cellars, the focus is on hand-crafted artisan wines, especially Koi Zen’s signature reds and red blends. High-quality grapes sourced from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi and Lake County are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged onsite. Sip and savor the pleasantly familiar flavors of Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec and other popular wines. The venue offers wine tasting; wine by the glass, flights (5 wines for $10), bottle, case or barrel; custom personalized wine labels; painting and educational classes, game nights, live music on the weekends and much more. Over the summer, the winery acquired 2,700 feet of space from an adjacent suite. The expansion has resulted in a larger, yet still cozy tasting room with small vignette areas. Patrons can either enjoy the quiet or be part of the atmosphere connected to the original area.

Koi Zen Cellars also offers three free wine clubs. Members enjoy free wine tastings, discounts and first access to private events. Those interested can sign up at Koi Zen Cellars or online at

In addition to holding their own classes and events at their tasting room, the winery rents out the space for occasions such as team-building activities, meetings and holiday parties. Community fundraisers are often held at the winery as well.

The perfect venue for wine, company and conversation, Koi Zen Cellars was voted San Diego’s Best Local Winery in the 2017 U-T Readers Poll. Experience the difference where patrons “Uncork, Sip Back and Relax.”

Koi Zen Cellars is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The winery is closed Mondays.

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Located in Poway / Scripps Ranch / Carmel Mountain

12225 World Trade Drive Suite P
San Diego, CA 92128
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