Welcome to Southern California’s wine country, the Temecula Valley wineries. 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. At the Temecula Valley wineries you can expect award-winning wines, tasty restaurants, and cozy bed and breakfast inns. I’ve put together everything you need to know for an enjoyable visit. 🙂
The Ultimate Guide to the Temecula Valley Wineries
The Temecula Valley wineries are located off I-15, not far from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego County. If you live in Southern California, it’s the perfect weekend getaway! Rancho California Road is the main drag where you’ll find all the wineries.
The Temecula Valley 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.
Winery Hours: The hours may vary, but most wineries are open daily for visitors from 10am – 5pm.
Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Vindemia Vineyard & Winery (Google Maps) – Vindemia Winery is quite the unique find! Located off the main road (Rancho California 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: Wine Tasting at Vindemia Vineyard & Winery
- Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards (Google Maps) – 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 (Google Maps) – 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.
Take a Temecula Valley Winery Tour
Think outside the box! Instead of doing a typical wine tasting, why not take a tour? There are so many unique ways to see the Temecula Valley wineries. 🙂
- 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.
- Horseback Tours – 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.
Explore 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.!
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Who wouldn’t want a hot air balloon ride over Temecula wine country? I would highly recommend California Dreamin’ as a great company to go with. I tried to go a few times, but unfortunately wasn’t able to set sail with them due to weather. But if you do go, just remember to bundle up. Those sunrise tours can be chilly!
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