Temecula Valley

Temecula Valley


For wine lovers who want to get a taste of Southern California’s viticultural wonders, Temecula is the perfect day trip from Orange County. Temecula Valley’s Mediterranean climate and well-drained granitic soils offers ideal growing conditions for 3,000 acres of vineyards that yield premium wine grapes. Here, one can sample delicious, award-winning, locally made wines from the source at over 25 wineries. This area is known for producing an excellent Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as varietals like Pinot Gris, Syrah, and Viognier. These wines have gained domestic and international recognition, putting Temecula on the map and raising the eyebrows of world-class winemakers.

The tasting rooms and gift shops have open doors to visitors any time of year, and most wineries offer tours about how the wine is made on site. To soak up the local flavor, there are also a variety of gourmet delis and restaurants with sweeping views of grapevines that stripe across the land. Visitors may also take to the skies in a hot air balloon ride, pamper oneself at a spa or peruse more than 600 antique shops. It is also common for wineries to host events, such as weddings, live music performances, and seasonal events.




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