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New urban winery seeks community funding for Hillcrest location

SAN DIEGO, California -- Vinavanti, a new urban winery that plans to move into the old V-Outlet in Hillcrest on University Avenue near the Pride Flag, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the local community involved in its effort to bring a “craft beer style” winery to the neighborhood.

Identified as the “only certified organic winery in San Diego County,” Vinavanti launched in San Marcos in 2007 and opened their current Sorrento Valley location in 2012.

For the Hillcrest property, they plan to have an in-house winery, a patio and a kitchen, and will continue to focus on producing wines with grapes harvested from local vineyards, with growers in Warner Springs, Temecula, Ramona and Pauma Valley. No additives such as sulfites or other chemicals are involved in the making of their wines and they are also naturally vegan.

The Kickstarter campaign offers “returns” to pledges in values ranging from $25 to $2,500, and starting with having your name added to their website’s Wall of Fame, to having the opportunity to name a wine that Vinavanti produces in the future.

Photos on the Kickstarter page show what the inside of the V-Outlet looked like before, as well as what an artist says the winery space will look like after the design build. The Kickstarter campaign ends Aug. 14.

To read more about the Kickstarter or contribute, click HERE. You can click HERE.

(Editor's note: This post was originally published on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)