New site approved for Solana Beach’s Carruth Cellars

Solana Beach’s Carruth Cellars will soon have a new home, after the City Council’s unanimous approval of the winery’s conditional use permit for on- and off-site alcohol sales.

Located in the heart of Cedros Design District at 320 S. Cedros Ave., Carruth Cellars will move down the street to 118 S. Cedros Ave., where Antiques on Cedros was once located.

The 17,424-square-foot lot is developed, with a 10,828-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building. Carruth Cellars has proposed to improve and use the interior of a 4,982-square-foot space and 582 square feet of storage space for all wine production, tasting and retail sales activities.

A 4,922-square-foot furniture store and 342 square feet of storage space make up the rest of the building and will remain.

With the 4-0 vote, the council also approved adjusted hours of operation for the shop. Councilman Mike Nichols was absent from the meeting.

The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, with wine tastings and retail store hours from noon to 9 p.m. daily. Once relocated, the winery will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Owner Adam Carruth submitted signatures from 56 residents in support of the winery’s relocation. He obtained the signatures during the Fiesta del Sol event in May in Solana Beach.

Two business and community members spoke in favor of the winery’s relocation during the meeting, while more than a dozen others submitted letters in support of the shop.

“Over the past five years I’ve watched this guy work very hard in building his business,” said Solana Beach resident Ken DeCesari, who is also a small business owner. “He has provided a safe and responsible culture for all of us to congregate and enjoy each other’s company.”

Opened in 2010, Carruth Cellars is a winery with a retail shop and wine tasting space.

A North County native, Carruth started making wine while living in Wine Country in 1998. In 2006, his backyard wine making transitioned into Carruth Cellars, which initially operated out of Fifty Barrels, a collaborative winery in Oceanside.

“It’s been an honor to be part of the business community and the actual residential community,” Carruth said.

About 2,000 community members are members of Carruth Cellars’ wine club, Carruth said. Under the Carruth Cellars label, the award-winning wines have been featured in more than 60 locations.

For information about Carruth Cellars, call 858-847-9463 or visit