about us

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the winery

We’re an urban winery in San Diego producing natural and craft wine,
mostly sparkling, from local vineyards.

We’re small, independent, innovative, and care about everything we make.

  • urban

    We’re a fully functioning winery – just located in the city instead of the country.

  • natural

    We make a lot of wines using only natural, native yeast, and as little processing as possible to preserve the wine’s natural character, without any chemical “corrections”. Farming methods range from low input to certified organic.

  • craft

    In addition to our natural wines, we make a lot of experimental creations – like vermouths, sangrias, sours, and “cocktails” – along with hybrid collaborations with local beer, cider, sake, and mead producers.

  • sparkling

    We love making sparkling wines that are delicious and unlike traditional Champagne or Prosecco.

  • local

    We source from vineyards in San Diego County – the oldest and newest wine region in California. We love making wine from the area in which we live.

  • Photo of Clara and Eric Van Drunen
  • Punchdown of Grapes in Bin
  • Glass Being Filled with Wine From Tank
  • Sparkling Bottle of Wine Overflowing
  • Grapes Fermenting in Bin
  • Wine Dripping From Tank

the people

Yes, there are a Charlie and an Echo.


Charlie has traveled the world.
Bargained in exotic bazaars.
Been inked by an octopus.
Stared down machine gun yielding militias.
Eaten boa constrictor.
She's the most interesting woman in the world.

Clara Van Drunen

Funny part is, that's all true.


Echo is a physics grad school drop out.
He used to study charmonium.
He used to be smart.
Now he makes wine.

Eric Van Drunen

Again, that's all true. Just not nearly as interesting.

the environment

Hey, we all live here.

1% for the Planet

We’re happy to be a member of 1% for the Planet, and give 1% of our sales back to the environment — whether or not we are profitable.

Climate Positive

Every bottle and can of wine we produce, before it is ever sold, is climate neutral.

Every monthly purchase of one bottle or four-pack of cans has the same positive impact on our climate as a mature tree.


We start by minimizing the carbon footprint of our winery, through the use of lighter weight glass bottles and cans, along with other efforts. For what footprint remains, we donate to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) for the purchase of U.S. Carbon Offsets, so that all of our wine is carbon neutral before it is ever sold.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Then with every sale of wine, we donate an additional amount to BEF for Forest Management Carbon Offsets, creating a net positive impact on our climate. The amount equals the carbon sequestering effect of a mature tree for every monthly purchase of one bottle or four pack of cans.

I Love A Clean San Diego

In addition to our global environmental efforts, we’ve partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego because, well, we love a clean San Diego – but they also do a lot more.
Check them out.

the news

Some media coverage of our efforts.

West Coaster

Twenty to Watch in 2020 More...

The Grapevine

Winemakers & Brewers Collaborate on Hopped Up Wines and Sour Beer More...

San Diego Reader

The character driven wines of Charlie & Echo More...


5 Sparkling Red American Wines Ideal For Tonight’s Dinner More...

Dallas Wine Chick

San Diego’s Wine Region: Overcoming My Own Misperceptions More...

About Town

RIPE FOR HARVEST. Wine down, urban style. More...

SD Voyager

Meet Eric Van Drunen of Charlie & Echo in Miramar More...

Edible San Diego

Charlie & Echo More...


Southern California Wine Tour More...

Pacific Magazine

Miralani Makers District is all about the craft More...

the assets

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