Temecula Wine Country

So Close You Can Almost Taste It

Article by Mike Gerard

Photography by Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

Originally published in Laguna Niguel Lifestyle

If you have never been out to Temecula, or have not visited in a while, you’re in for a treat. For local wine enthusiasts, or for those just looking for a great getaway, Temecula Valley Wine Country is an easily accessible, year-round destination where visitors can experience premium winemaking and fantastic dining in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Best of all, it’s less than 90 minutes away from Laguna Niguel.

Temecula Valley Wine Country is southern California’s largest wine-producing region by volume. A collection of nearly 50 wineries – from the homegrown artisan to the luxe and expansive – invite guests to sip their vintages and absorb the experience. Great wines, open spaces, and scenic views make it hard to leave. Many wineries offer dining al fresco, live music, and activities to turn a sunny sky into an endless sunset.

Temecula is also one of the most historic communities in Southern California. Originally an Indian village, its history is rich. The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” meaning “place of sun.” The Spanish interpreted and spelled the word as “Temecula” translated to mean “Where the sun breaks through the mist.” Temecula is the only city in California to still retain its original Indian name.

A Wine Enthusiast Top 10 Wine Destination, Temecula Valley is a spirited wine taster's destination inspired by the vine. But it’s not just all about the wineries. In addition to world-class vineyards and tasting rooms, the region offers an abundance of outdoor recreation and entertainment, a small-town atmosphere, an emerging culinary scene, and a thriving community of artisans and makers.

For those who love history, the Old West heritage is alive and well through the beautifully restored Old Town Temecula. This has become a favorite spot for one-of-a-kind shopping and exploring with antique dealers, art galleries, exclusive boutiques, museums, unique dining experiences, and special events year-round.

Another big part of the Temecula experience is hot air ballooning. Nearly every morning, a brilliant tapestry of brightly colored balloons can be seen rising above the vineyards. And, while it’s a sight to behold from the ground, it’s even more amazing from the sky.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend, a girls’ trip, or an easy family vacation, the warm and friendly community of Temecula will make you right at home. It’s no wonder the Temecula Valley was named one of TripAdvisor’s “Must See US Destinations” in 2020. And it’s so close to home! For more information: VisitTemeculaValley.com

With over 40 wineries to choose from, here are some favorite tasting spots:

Wilson Creek Winery


Vindemia Estate Winery


Leoness Cellars


Callaway Vineyard and Winery


Doffo Winery


Peltzer Winery


Ponte Winery


Miramonte Winery


Fazeli Cellars Winery


Lorimar Vineyards and Winery


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