Meet Southern California’s wine country, Temecula Valley. If you thought Sonoma and Napa Valley was all California had to offer in terms of wineries and vineyards, I’m pleased to inform you, they’re not. In Temecula you can expect award-winning wines, tasty restaurants, and cozy bed and breakfast inns.
Explore the charming old town, dine at the many restaurants, and hop from vineyard to vineyard sampling fine wines.
WHERE TO GO
Beautiful Temecula is located off I-15, not far from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego County. It’s the perfect weekend getaway! Rancho California Road is the main drag where you’ll find all the wineries.
Temecula Valley hosts almost 40 wineries, many located off Rancho California Road. However I’d recommend diving into side streets for some hidden gems. The hours may vary, but most wineries are open daily for visitors from 10am – 5pm.
Below are some personal favorites! 🙂
Vindemia Vineyard & Winery
Vindemia is quite the unique find! Located off the main road, this vineyard has some of the best wines in the valley. And since it is located up on a hill, there is also a lovely sitting area with gorgeous views over Temecula Valley.
Read more about my visit to Vindemia Vineyard!
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards
Wilson Creek is a charming vineyard with a nice grassy area near the creek to have a picnic and enjoy your wine. My favorite are the sparkling wines with fun flavors like as Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut Nui.
Wiens Family Cellar
If you like red wine, then Wiens is the place to go! For a more exclusive experience, have a seated tasting in the cellar room with their reserve and limited edition red wines.
TEMECULA VALLEY TOURS
Think outside the box! There are many unique ways to see Temecula Valley.
Temecula Valley Jeep and Wine Tours
Do you have a flare for adventure? Then exploring Temecula Valley in an open-air 4×4 Jeep is for you! Temecula Jeep Tours allows you to tour vineyards, sample appetizers, and see the valley’s amazing vistas and vineyards in style.
Cable Car Wine Tour
What a fun way to tour the vineyards! Cable Car Wine Tours utilizes fully restored, San Francisco motorized cable cars for a unique and charming experience of the valley.
Talk about romantic, this is quite the way to experience Temecula’s wine country. Wine Country Trails by Horseback offers a Wine and Ride Tour, a Sunset Tour, and can even accommodate you for special occasions and groups.
OLD TOWN TEMECULA
Old Town Temecula has a rustic-country charm that’s a great place to go for antiques, museums, and bars and restaurants. Be sure to explore the one-of-a-kind shops such as Temecula’s Lavender Co.!
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Who wouldn’t want a hot air balloon ride over Temecula wine country?! Unfortunately due to bad weather I wasn’t able to take this tour, but I wouldn’t have missed it for any other reason. There are many companies available to provide a beautiful ride over the vineyards. Just remember to bundle up; those sunrise tours can be chilly. 😉
If you have any questions or lovely comments, please leave them below – I would love to answer!