Temecula is the most popular area of Southern California for wine tasting. There are nearly 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley. Most of them concentrated along Rancho California Road and De Portola Road.
With cool coastal breezes making their way up from the Pacific Ocean in nearby San Diego, Temecula provides the optimal climate for outdoor adventure and grape growing. As a result, the Temecula Valley has become southern California’s version of Napa Valley.
Old Town Temecula is a good choice to start out your wine county day trip. Old Town is a refreshing blend of the past and present that features antique dealers, alfresco restaurants, and unique shops that offer just about anything that your heart desires.
If you decide to explore wine county on your own be sure to stop by the Temecula Visitors Center at 28690 Mercedes Street in downtown. Here you can pick up brochures, discount coupons for wine tasting –as well as free winery maps.
Temecula Wine Country
From Old Town, you will have to travel several miles along Rancho California Road to get to the wineries. While passing by rows of tract homes you will begin to wonder where are the wineries. Finally, you break through suburbia and enter the Temecula wine country.
With so many wineries to choose from, there is no way to visit them all in one day. It may seem like there is a winery on every corner and it can be a bit overwhelming as to which winery to visit.
Most of the wineries have tasting rooms. Some are simple while others are elaborate with restaurants, gift shops, and boutique hotels. One-stop we recommend is Maurice Carrie Winery where you can enjoy freshly baked brie in sourdough bread every weekend.
The wine-tasting experience in Temecula Valley is a very special, personal one with wines reflecting the exceptional diversity of the region. Temecula Valley is one of the few remaining California wine regions where visitors are likely to run into the owner, winemaker, or in the tasting room.
Friendly and personable, each of the family-owned wineries is dedicated to creating wines of distinctive quality and character. Whatever winery you choose to stop at you will enjoy some of the best wine Southern California has to offer.
Temecula Valley Wine Tours
For first-time visitors, a guided wine tour maybe your best option. Several local vendors offer guided wine country tours. Most wine country tours depart from the old town. There are even a couple of vendors that offer wine tasting tours by horseback. For the ultimate wine country adventure, California Dreaming offers sightseeing balloon rides over the Temecula Valley.
If you’re looking for a specific reason to visit Temecula, there are several events throughout the year. Classic car shows, a Street Painting Festival, a Bluegrass Music Festival, and the very popular Temecula Valley Balloon Festival.
Temecula Valley is located 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 60 miles north of San Diego, and just 22 miles from the California coast, the Valley proudly proclaims itself as Southern California’s Wine Country.