The Temecula Valley Appellation is Booming with Vino con Vista Wine Tourism Opportunities in Southern California

Temecula vineyard in California

Temecula vineyard in California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Major subregions of the Inland Empire, includi...

Major subregions of the Inland Empire, including the Victor Valley high desert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A map of the Inland Empire (Californi...

English: A map of the Inland Empire (California) metropolitan area of California, which consists of the counties of Riverside and San Bernadino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Temecula Valley is brimming with wineries and tasting rooms just 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. There are about 40 wineries located just a few miles east of historic Old Town on Rancho California. There is an annual Balloon and Wine Festival near Lake Skinner. Many of the Wineries have tasting rooms near the veineyards, but Fazeli has a Tasting room on 4th Street in Old Town Temecula.

Fazeli Cellars has a Tasting Room in Old Town Temecula

Fazeli Cellars has a Tasting Room in Old Town Temecula

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English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you follow my posts, you know that winemaking started in California at Mission San Juan Capistrano with the mission padres in 1776. In Temecula, the mission wineries were established in 1820. Today, many of the wineries and tasting rooms are located on Rancho California Road; this is the hub of the Temecula Valley Wine Country region. Temecula Temecula 2014 042 Temecula 2014 038 Temecula 2014 053 By 1968, Vincenzo and Audry Cilurzo established a vineyard in Temecula which is now The Bella Vista Vineyard and Winery.

Bella Vista Vineyard and Winery in Temecula

Bella Vista Vineyard and Winery in Temecula

Temecula Wineries 2014 112 Temecula Wineries 2014 111 Temecula Wineries 2014 116 Temecula Wineries 2014 127 Callaway Vineyard and Winery began farming grapes in 1969 and John Poole opened Mount Palomar Winery in 1975. Mount Palomar is the highest vineyard in the area, perched at 1400 feet.

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula

The Temecula Valley AVA was established in 1984. Since 1966, they have been growing: Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Temecula Valley’s hotter climate is  well-suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Miramonte Winery specializes in Rhone-based varietals. Visit them on Rancho California Road or http://www.miramontewinery.com

Miramonte Winery in Temecula

Miramonte Winery in Temecula

Temecula 2014 027 Temecula 2014 034 Temecula 2014 023 Temecula 2014 041 Grapevines require well-drained soils; soggy roots are not desirable. Sandy loam soils are found in Temecula; the water drains easily through the soil.

Inn at Europa Village in Temecula

Inn at Europa Village in Temecula

There are many places to stay in wine country if you want breathtaking views of the vineyards. YOu can check out: The Inn at Europa Village 951-676-7047, the Four Diamond, 60 room upscale Ponte Vineyard Inn  at 888-563-8885 (www.pontevineyardinn.com) or the lovely Inn at Churon Winery 951-694-9070. http://www.innatchuronwinery.com. Churon has great retail items, so after your tasting get a few gifts for your wine-loving buddies.

Churon Winery in Temecula

Churon Winery in Temecula

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Thorton Winery in Temecula

Thorton Winery in Temecula

Temecula Wineries 2014 005 Temecula Wineries 2014 017 Temecula Wineries 2014 026 Temecula Wineries 2014 025 Temecula Wineries 2014 024 Temecula Wineries 2014 023 Temecula Wineries 2014 022 Temecula Wineries 2014 034 At Thornton Winery you will learn that a Balthazar is equal to 16 bottles of wine, a Methuselah is equal to 8 bottles of wine, and a Jereboam equals four bottles. This issue will ultimately surface one day when you are talking a to a bunch of wine snobs. Of course, I prefer a Magnum (equals 2 bottles). Now it’s time to head over to the Maurice Car’rie Vinyard and Winery, housed in a charming Victorian farmhouse. Don’t leave until you have tried the baked brie in sourdough bread and some Coddie’s Crush red wine. There are usually vendors selling artsy merchandise in front of the tasting room.

Maurice Carrie Vineyard and Winery

Maurice Carrie Vineyard and Winery

Temecula Wineries 2014 160 Temecula Wineries 2014 153 Temecula Wineries 2014 162 Temecula Wineries 2014 172 Temecula Wineries 2014 175 Then head over to the Falkner Winery with a spectacular hilltop setting where you can dine at the Pinnacle Restaurant and taste Gold Medal winning wines. Get a double pack of their famous “Luscious Lips” wine. They are located on Calle Contento http://www.falknerwinery.com

Falkner Winery in Temecula on Calle Contento

Falkner Winery in Temecula on Calle Contento

Temecula Wineries 2014 130 Temecula Wineries 2014 131 Temecula Wineries 2014 133 Temecula Wineries 2014 134 Temecula Wineries 2014 136 Temecula Wineries 2014 137 Temecula Wineries 2014 138 Temecula Wineries 2014 141 Now you’re ready for the hottest winery in Temecula; The South Coast Winery Resort and Spa at the corner of Rancho California and Anza Roads. Try their Wild Horse Peak Brand fruity Meritage and Il Temporale. I also liked the Ruby Cuvee Sparkling wine. You might consider booking a Villa Package so you can swim in their saltwter pool. Temecula Wineries 2014 144

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula

Temecula Wineries

South Coast Winery Awards in Tasting Room in Temecula

Temecula Wineries 2014 184 Temecula Wineries 2014 189 Temecula Wineries 2014 197 Temecula Wineries 2014 213 Temecula Wineries 2014 216 In addition to live music, many of the wineries host special events. On March 30, 2014, at the incredibly swanky South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, you can witness the 10th annual “Blessing of the Vines”. They will also be hosting some Winemaker Dinners so call 800-536-1375 for reservations. On May 4, 2014 they are having a “Shake, Rattle n Roll Party”. There are many “Members Only Resort Specials”. This winery, Resort and Spa was named “Best Winery in California” for two consecutive years and then they won again for 2013-2014. Their wines have won over 1,600 awards. http://www.southcoastwinery.com Have lunch at the Bel Vino Winery. I ordered a delicious steak sandwich when I saw the Inland Empire Award Winning Chef banner. The waitress suggested a glass of the 2010 Tatria Red Blend; with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I thought it was fruit forward and luscious. It paired perfectly with my hearty steak sandwich. Then I ordered a glass of the outstanding Zinfandel Port; a 2005 Prima dessert wine that was amazing! I dined outside and listened to the live music under the canopy. It was the perfect Vino con Vista day!

Bel Vino Winery in Temecula

Bel Vino Winery in Temecula

Temecula Wineries 2014 071 Temecula Wineries 2014 079 Temecula Wineries 2014 085 Temecula Wineries 2014 088 Temecula Wineries 2014 089 Temecula Wineries 2014 093 Temecula Wineries 2014 098 Temecula Wineries 2014 096 Temecula Wineries 2014 105 Temecula Wineries 2014 101 The popularity of Temecula Valley Wine Country and Pechanga Resort & Casino have been the driving tourism revenue to this region. The “Temecula AVA” was registered on October 23, 1984. In 2001, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians built the $262 million Pechanga Resort and Casino complex. The Pechanga Resort and Casino is Temecula’s largest employer. Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

For more in

English: Old Town Temecula

English: Old Town Temecula (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

formation visit:

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Festivals in Temecula from Wikipedia:

  • Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival[56]
  • Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival[57]
  • Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival[58]
  • Children’s Matsuri[59]
  • Temecula Street Painting Festival[60]
  • Dutch American Heritage Day
  • Taste of the World
  • Temecula Rod Run – Old Town Temecula[61]
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