What used to be a manmade Naval base is now the venue for music festivals, flea markets, and local wineries. Home to at least seven of them, Treasure Island seems to be the new best place to be for wine lovers. Many of the wineries are open to the public for tastings, with some of them even offering free wine and barrel tastings. Cheap, quality wine and a day out of the city? Sounds like a good deal to us.
995 Ninth St., Bldg 201, 394-9463
Tastings: Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.; $10
Founded in 2007, Treasure Island Wines was first winery on the island. It produces 50-plus wines on-site and is currently selling single or mixed cases for 20 percent off as part of its summer special. Six to eight wines are featured at tastings and are always rotating, so go more than once if you're feeling up to it.
1080 Ave. M, 613-8925
Tastings: Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free
Fat Grape specializes in sulfate-free red wines, with some of them dating back to 2008. Its complimentary tastings may bring you in, but the free barrel tastings that come with any purchase may make you stay.
200 California Ave., Bldg 180 North, 735-8423
Tastings: Fri-Sun noon-5 p.m.; Mon-Thu by appointment; two flights -- $10 or $15 for four, $20 for all eight
The Chronicle has made the claim that this popular winery produces the best Cabernet Sauvignon under $25 in the country. Judge for yourself: Its Treasure Island location doubles as venues for weddings and parties, and if you come at the right time you can see the winemakers in action from the tasting room or balcony.
400 California Ave., Bldg 141, 756-2254
Tastings: Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.; $15
With a vineyard in the Red Hills Appellation, north of Napa Valley at the base of a dormant volcano, Sol Rouge produces wines similar to those from France's southern Rhone and Bordeaux regions. The winery is already growing eight kinds of grapes at their vineyard, including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, and plans to add Cinsault to the mix. It's also a sister-company of The Winery.
400 California Ave., Bldg 448, 756-1791
Tastings: Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m., Mon-Fri by appointment; $15
Another of Winery owner Bryan Kane's creations, Vie also focuses on Rhone-like wines as well as Zinfandel-based wines. As the product of a project started by Kane and some of his friends, Vie prides itself on the fact that it uses an "Old World" technique to make its wines -- one that it says is lengthy and produces less, showing that these guys really care about their fermented grape juice. The winery also has a bocce ball court.
995 9th St., (650) 207-8314
Tastings: Sat-Sun, 1-5 p.m.
Run by a father/son duo, the petite winery focuses on Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Each batch produces 48 to 488 cases and the winery only sells directly to members of the mailing list and a few stores and restaurants.
401 13th St., Bldg. D, 806-4944
Family-run with a vineyard in Marin, Kendric specializes on Pinot Noirs and Viogniers. Its Treasure Island venue is still under construction, so the tasting room is not yet set up. Stay tuned for more updates.