A bit north of San Diego and a bit South of LA, the Temecula Valley is an American Viticultural Area in southern Riverside County, California. After attending a 4 day travel conference in Newport Beach last week, we had one day free before heading home. Free day = wine tasting day, what else would you expect?
We rented a car and drove about one and a half hours to Temecula. Historic old town Temecula is a charming collection of circa 1890’s buildings with antique stores, hotels, boutiques, specialty foods and gift stores While we were sorely tempted to stroll around, we just did not have enough time to check it out and still get in a few winery visits. Definitely next time though.
With more than 35 wineries in Temecula valley, there is not enough time to fit them all in, but with a bit of pre-planning we came up with a small handful that we thought we should try. We adjusted our plans as we went along, because once you find a winery you really like, it’s also good to ask them for recommendations on where else to go.
Temecula would be an awesome destination for a small group of wine lovers. It can easily be combined with other activities in San Diego or LA. We can help!
Here are a few of our favorites we found that day:
Palumbo Family Vineyards. Our favorite wine (that day) “Catfish Vineyard” Cabernet Franc
Doffo Vineyards. Our favorite wine – Doffo Zinfandel Reserve
Wiens Family Cellars. Our favorite – Barbera