San Juan Capistrano's Newest Winery! Chad and Linda Kearns of Giracci Vineyards reopened the tasting room in the historic “Swanner House,” in December 2016. After spending the better part of a decade rehabilitating a historic winery property in Silverado Canyon, they were intrigued by the opportunity to do the same in San Juan Capistrano.
Owned by the City of San Juan Capistrano, the historic farmhouse sits on 2.6 acres and is surrounded be Valencia orange trees. In need of much tender loving care, Chad and Linda got to work, with the help of friends and family, pruning and watering and replanting and maintaining the grounds surrounding the event center for weddings, concerts, corporate and fundraising events, and converting the vacant home into a tasting room, art gallery of local artists, and a bride’s room. This historic home now serves as the tasting room for Hamilton Oaks’ award-winning wines.
They planted 4 rows of Mission vines, bringing a little bit of local history to the site. Mission vines were brought to the San Juan Capistrano Mission from Spain by Father Serra, California’s premier winegrower.
People are invited to enjoy the historic property and sip on unique vintages, and are encouraged to bring cheese and crackers, picnics, dogs, bikes, and even horses. There is plenty of outdoor seating as well as seating for a small group in the Tank House or small parties and gatherings in the Carriage House.