about us

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the winery

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

We’re on a mission to produce wines that exemplify San Diego.
Not only its terroir, but its cuisine, culture, and lifestyle.

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 our wines using only naturally occurring yeast, and as little processing as possible to preserve the wine’s authentic character, without any chemical “corrections”,

  • 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.

  • exemplify

    We embrace the Old World concept of wine being not only a reflection of where it is grown, but of the entire culture, lifestyle, and cuisine of the people living there.

  • 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.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

With every vintage, we offset the complete carbon footprint of our wines, from grape growing, to wine making, packaging, and transportation.

Climate Positive

Then, with every bottle or can you buy, we use a portion of the sale to obtain even more carbon offsets. Simply put, every purchase you make of Charlie & Echo has a positive impact on our climate (not just neutral).

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 social media

Links to our social media to keep up on the latest are below. We love reviews, but prefer getting reviews on Google if you’re going to pick one.


the news

Some media coverage of our efforts.

San Diego Magazine

Going au Naturel More...

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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