Easily accessible from both San Diego and Los Angeles, the Temecula Valley is the heart of Southern California wine country. This Mediterranean-like region is home to more than 35 wineries producing award-winning wines from Chardonnay to Zinfandel.
Every winery has something unique – from amazing tasting rooms to specialty wines and food pairings. Most wineries produce just enough wine to sell locally, so plan an afternoon or weekend trip to Temecula Valley to see what’s on offer.
Pelzer Family Wine Cellars’
Although Peltzer Family Cellars is new to the Temecula Valley, the Peltzers have been growing wine in Southern California for over 90 years! These fifth generation farmers have now produced 3,500 cases of wine since the winery opened its doors in late 2016. They have combined their passion for agriculture and interior design to open “The Crush House,” a unique tasting room in a chic barn. Here, you can sample their Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Syrah wines paired with bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. Check out their seasonal merchandise and get a fun souvenir.
40275 Calle Contento.
Wende Wine Estate
Situated in the hills of Temecula Valley, Vindemia Winery is a boutique vineyard known for their award-winning, long-lasting, cleverly named red wines. Sip a glass of More Cowbell or Loneliness in their outdoor tasting room.The tasting also comes with bread and olive oil (estate grown if available).Vindemia is committed to sustainable farming practices – tasting room guests can learn more about the passion and philosophy of the vineyard directly from the wine staff. Make your visit even more memorable by booking a sunrise balloon flight with Vindemia’s sister company, California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures.
33133 Vista Del Monte Rd.
Situated on 15 acres of artisanal vineyards, Doffo Winery is a micro-boutique winery specializing in small batch red wines. Planted and nurtured by the Doffo family, classical music is played in the vineyard to soothe the plants. The wine production follows an old world tradition that can be traced back to the family’s roots in Argentina and Italy. Their most popular grape varieties include Malbec, Zinfandel and Syrah. Spice up your trip to Dover with a ride on the Malbec Express, an eco-friendly tour bus that will take you through the vineyards. Don’t forget to explore MotoDoffo, the family’s classic motorcycle collection.
36083 Summitville Street.
Wilson Creek Winery
At Wilson Creek Winery, you can sample the warm hospitality of fine wines. The family vineyard produces a variety of white and red wines, but is best known for its almond sparkling wines. The winery has a tasting room and on-site restaurant, as well as picnic grounds for guests to enjoy daily. You can learn about the winemaking process and taste the reserve wines by booking a wine tour or the Upper Room, an elevated tasting experience. Check the event calendar for a tour with live music or a bubbly brunch at Creekside Grille.
35960 Rancho California Road
Danza del Sol Winery
Located on the De Portola Wine Trail, Danza del Sol Winery produces approachable, high quality and flavorful wines. The staff at the winery has created an authentic and casual tasting room experience for wine lovers. Taste their Gewurztraminer, which is produced from the oldest vines in the Temecula Valley. Other favorites include their Pinot Grigio, which is bright and fresh, and Meritage, which is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They also offer educational tours of the vineyard and production site as part of their Ambassador Tour and Tasting, which is offered daily.
39050 De Portola Rd.
Carter Winery & Resort
At Carter Estate Winery & Resort, you can sleep in the vineyard wine tasting! Their tasting room is open daily and offers samples of award-winning red and white wines aged in European oak barrels. Their tasting room is open daily and offers samples of award-winning reds and whites aged in European oak barrels. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate and educational, you can reserve a spot for a private food and wine pairing. Each tasting is limited to eight people so that guests can pick the brains of their guide while enjoying specially selected wines and artisanal foods. The Mediterranean-style bungalows at the Carter Estate are the ideal place to end the day. Rooms feature private terraces and balconies overlooking acres of tranquil vineyards.
34450 Rancho California Rd.
Europa Village and Hotel
Europa Village and Inn will take you across the Atlantic, no passport required! Located on 45 acres of land in Temecula Valley, Europa Village and Inn’s Old World theme will make you feel like you are in France, Italy and Spain when you taste their wines. Located on 45 acres of land in Temecula Valley, Europa Inn’s Old World theme will make you feel like you are in France, Italy, and Spain when you sample their wines. They offer a variety of exquisite red, white, and sparkling wines that you can enjoy in a courtyard setting. For a relaxing stay, you can book a night at The Inn at Europa Village. The rooms at this highly rated bed and breakfast are beautifully decorated and named after wine varieties. Some rooms feature a Jacuzzi and a balcony with views of the vineyards.
33350 La Serena Road.