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San Diego Voyager – August 2020

Every neighborhood in San Diego has its own vibe, style, culture and history. From Carlsbad to Point Loma (and everywhere in between) SD Voyager has been blown away by how many creative and talented people call San Diego home. Check out the inspiring story SD Voyager wrote about Domaine Artefact.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynn LaChapelle.

Lynn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today?
My husband had always dreamed of being a wine maker and in 2007 we found a 30 acre parcel in the Highland Valley area, just proximate to the San Pasqual Agricultural Preserve. In 2008, we cleared the land after the Witch Creek fire devastated the citrus grove on the property. We began planting our first block in the spring of 2010…

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Current Releases

Check out our fall releases which include our 2018 Les Printemps Grenache Rosé, 2016 Rincon Del Diablo, 2017 Estate Syrah and 2016 Cat Canyon Syrah.

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The results are in!

Our wines are winners!

Big news today! We were notified that the four wines we submitted to the San Francisco International Wine Competition won medals- 3 Silvers and a Bronze! Over 4200 entries! Our 2016 Estate Grenache Rose, 2015 Estate Syrah and Estate 2015 red wine blend “As the Crow Flies” received Silver Medals and our 2016 Estate white wine blend Les Beaux Blancs received a Bronze medal.

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“There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.”
– Robert Parker

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”
– Robert Mondavi

The Vineyards

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High above Escondido’s San Pasqual Valley, nestled between granite-studded ridges, lies Domaine Artefact. The estates’ east-west valley ranges from 850ft to 1,000ft in elevation, offering a unique microclimate, moderated by cooling maritime breezes. Our growing season averages 240 days per year with annual temperatures rarely exceeding 95° F (35° C) or dipping below 35° F (2° C).

“Domaine Artefact” pays homage to the estates of Southern France and honors the Kumeyaay artifacts once found throughout the property. These Native American artifacts have since been curated and now reside in the World Museum of Natural History in San Bernardino, CA.

In the early 1900’s, the Sgobossi family planted “Vieilles Vignes” or old vines of Ruby Cabernet and Muscat of Alexander vines. These surviving vines can still be found in the low-lying areas of the property, a lasting tribute to some of the original settlers of the region.

Today, Domaine Artefact is a 30-acre estate dedicated to growing Rhône grape varietals as well as vinifying and blending them in traditional yet innovative manners.

The soil on the valley floor is a mixture of clay and loam, while on the South-facing hillsides is a combination of sandy loam and decomposed granite. Our vines have been grafted onto 101-14, 1103P and 420 rootstocks.

Red Varietals

  • Carignan
  • Cunoise
  • Grenache Noir
  • Petit Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Syrah

White Varietals

  • Clairette Blanche

  • Grenache Blanc
  • Marsanne
  • Picpoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Viognier
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Domaine Artefact Olive Oil

Domaine Artefact maintains a small orchard of organically farmed Mission olives, which are milled on-site to produce our “Late Harvest” Mission olive oil. Mission olives are the oldest of the California varietals, introduced to California in 1769 by the Franciscans with the establishment of San Diego’s Mission de Alcala. Mission olives are considered an “endangered heritage food” by Ark of Taste (a catalog of foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste or part of a distinct ecoregion).

The Mission olive is a perennial favorite for both table olives and oil production. Our orchard is fertilized and mulched with compost created by the animals on the estate and sprayed with natural clay to prevent olive fly infestation. “Late Harvest” Mission olive oil produces a rich buttery oil with a tropical, fruity quality. Our oil is exceptionally flavorful, vibrant and nutrient rich. Supply is limited each year, so we encourage you to order as soon as possible!


Love this winery and the family! Wines are great, family and staff is great, venue is great. Nothing more to say other than so happy to have them in our neighborhood.

Sara Brix

The service is absolutely wonderful, the wine is world class, the atmosphere is delightful, and along with all that they educated us on what we were drinking. What more can I say?

Bruce Decant

The Estate

Great wine begins in the vineyard

The Estate

Nestled in a valley high above San Pasqual, Domaine Artefact has a rich history of culture and cultivation.

Green Practices

Domaine Artefact is a thriving sustainable estate, uncompromising in its farming standards and its stewardship of the land.

Our Story

Over the last 30 years, Mark and Lynn have immersed themselves in the world of oenology and viticulture.

Living the Dream

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