About Us

Our 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 veteran-owned, woman-owned, small, independent, innovative, and care about everything we make.

And we like to have fun 🙂

Wine being poured from tank tap into glass
Four wine bottles on a table above a handwritten Charlie and Echo sign
Wasps and bees flying over a bin full of grapes
Tank valve with wine puddled in it
Grapes fermenting in a bin being punched down
Boot stomping white grapes
Wine dropping from a tank into a man's mouth


We make our wines relying only on the naturally occurring microbiome, with as little intervention as possible and no chemical "corrections".


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.


We're a fully functioning winery - just located in the city instead of the country.

Beyond Wine

While our wines are purist, we also love creating wine beverages - mimosas, sangrias, amaros. We make all kinds of crazy.

Woman Veteran Owned

That'd be Charlie. Feel free to call her Sarge.

Charlie (aka Clara Van Drunen) at a table with a glass of wine

Charlie (aka Clara)

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.
(Funny part is, that's all true.)
Echo (aka Eric Van Drunen) at a barrel with a glass of wine

Echo (aka Eric)

Echo is a physics grad school dropout. He used to study charmonium. He used to be smart. Now he makes wine.
(Again, that's all true. Just not nearly as interesting.)

Beyond Carbon Neutral

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.
With every vintage, we offset the complete carbon footprint of our wines, from grape growing, to wine making, packaging, and transportation.
Then, with every purchase you make, 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).
We're also proud to be a Certified Green Business with the California Green Business Network. Certified Green Businesses exceed all environmental regulations, and implement specific practices to reduce pollution, save water, conserve energy, and protect human health.
Climate Positive
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
1% for the Planet
CA Green Business

In the News

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Small but mighty, the independently-owned urban winery produces its natural craft wine from local vineyards, emphasizing the wine’s “authentic character” by preserving the naturally occurring yeast created during the production process.
Charlie and Echo stands out for its small, but fun atmosphere and lineup of local craft wine. What’s more, operating on the belief in helping protect the planet, every sale made gives one percent back to the environment no matter what.
Here's a fascinating wine from Charlie & Echo in San Diego County—an area once viewed as the wild west of wine regions—but I've learned recently to be impressed.
Winemaker "punching down" red grapes
Making wine is an art and Eric Van Drunen never gets tired of creating...
Woman tasting wine with a surprised expression
“This is so good, like I can't even...”
Purists might balk at the notion of giving sacrosanct wine the craft brew treatment, but Charlie & Echo’s customers don’t register so stodgy.
Van Drunen at Charlie & Echo makes fantastic natural sparkling, white, rosé, and red wines from grapes grown in San Diego that you can try at their Miramar tasting room.


If you're a restaurant, bar, or retailer looking to carry our wine, we love you already!
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Tasting room bar at night with people drinking
Tasting room during the day with no
Two bottles and glasses of white and rose wine on a table
Tasting room bar during the day with people drinking
Wine bottles on display in rack
Woman holding a glass of white wine
Black and white photo of a woman drinking a glass of wine
Two hands holding glasses of wine at a bar
Hands turning a tap on a wine tank drawing wine into a glass
Tank valve with red wine drip
Eric Van Drunen standing at barrel holding a glass of wine
Bin of fermenting grapes being punched down
Clara Van Drunen standing at table holding a glass of wine
Clara and Eric Van Drunen standing at a table with wine glasses
Clara and Eric Van Drunen with a gushing bottle of wine splashing everywhere