Temecula Valley: Southern California's Wine Destination Over 40 wineries can be found in Southern California's largest AVA. BY TOURING & TASTING
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The valley and vineyards are surrounded by Southern California mountains.
“ First-time visitors are enthralled with the quality and diversity of the wines and the friendly and welcoming reception they receive at each winery they visit.”
Just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Desert and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has a sunny, relaxed spirit.
Derived from the region’s largest Native American ancestral village, the name Temecula has come to mean "land where the sun shines through the mist." It’s a perfect name for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, a region where the rolling hills framed by a mountain ridge are routinely kissed by morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon breezes, and cooler nights. One of the many delightful things about this 32-square-mile valley is its proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, and Orange County. It’s easy to get there and easy to relax in the spirit synonymous with Southern California.
Temecula Valley deserves to be discovered, with 40-plus wineries, overnight accommodations ranging from luxury to low-key, and an exciting variety of premium varietals and proprietary blends that have earned more than 5,000 national and international awards!
Serious wine lovers know to visit mid-week, when the odds of meeting the winemaker, being treated to a barrel sample, or enjoying an extended winery tour run high.
Southern California Wine Country
The Temecula Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) is part of the South Coast AVA, the largest AVA in Southern California. Planted at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 feet above sea level in granite-based loam soils, the vineyards yield winegrapes with clean, pure varietal flavor.
First-time visitors are enthralled with the quality and diversity of the wines and the friendly and welcoming reception they receive at each winery they visit. In fact, 13 wineries feature gourmet restaurants where guests can immerse themselves in the pleasures of seasonal foods paired with excellent wines while they admire beautiful Temecula Valley views.
Downtown Old Town Temecula
This lively entertainment, dining, and shopping district looks like an old town, but it is anything but! Visitors flock to Downtown Old Town Temecula for its special events, nightlife and entertainment, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and wine bars, and boutiques.
Pechanga Resort & Casino
As one of the largest casinos in the nation, the AAA Four Diamond Pechanga Resort & Casino is one of Southern California’s most popular venues for gaming, concerts, and entertainment. Journey at Pechanga Golf Course is widely recognized as one of California’s finest golf courses.
Danza del Sol Winery
For 35 years, the sun has danced on the grapes of an exceptional 35-acre vineyard along De Portola Road.
Standing atop a low-lying hill in the heart of Temecula Valley wine country, Falkner Winery warmly greets guests with a gracious blend of exceptional wines and genuine Temecula Valley hospitality.
Keyways Vineyard & Winery
Today, Keyways Vineyard & Winery is loved for its charming ambiance, wonderful tasting opportunities, great social get-togethers, and delectable wines.
When veteran grape growers Mike Rennie and Gary Winder founded their winery in 2003, they chose the name Leoness Cellars, which means “village of dreams” in Gaelic.
Dedicated to providing a fusion of excellent wine, art, and music, family-owned Lorimar Vineyards and Winery has established itself as a winery to visit in the Temecula Valley.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
A seamless blend of world-class wine, gourmet cuisine, and utter luxury, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa provides guests a sublime experience while they explore Temecula Valley wine country.
Wilson Creek Winery
Wilson Creek Winery is a fun place to visit and feel like part of the family.