There are many things to do in Inland Empire, but the jewel of the valley is Temecula Wine Country. Temecula Wine Country is a little known secret nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles and offers a variety of options for a romantic getaway or a getaway with friends. Whether you are a foodie and music lover like me or a wine enthusiasts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Out of town friends that have never visited the area before, always go home feeling like the have enjoyed a little bit of paradise.
I recommend the World of Wines event in March or Barrel Tasting Celebration during the month of November. Each event includes wine tasting at over 30 wineries with gourmet food pairings. The WOW events are a great way to visit all the wineries and discover new favorite places. If you’re visiting Temecula for the first time I also recommend a stop into Old Town with a visit to EAT Marketplace for brunch and Havana Kitchen for dinner.
Temecula Getaway Guide
If you’re planning a weekend getaway to Temecula Wine Country print this vetted list of favorite Temecula Wine Country destinations and prepare for a breath-taking weekend of scenic views, great food and wine tasting.
Make sure to visit this page before making a trip again and again as I’ll keep adding additional tips & discounts when available.
Temecula’s Best Wineries
Europa Village Winery – Europa Village is an elegant and charming winery. The European style reminds you of an Old World European village with some modern flair. Some of the best things about the winery include the wine cave, ample seating spaces and views of the vineyards. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly and make you feel like a part of the family. The Dans de Vin Artists Series and Moscato wine is one of the favorite wines in the region.
Leoness Cellars Winery – Founded in 2003, The Leoness Cellars Winery also known as “The Village of Dreams” cellars is located in the rolling hills of wine country. They also have a great restaurant and tasting options. The White Merlot is one of the favorite Rosés in the region.
Miramonte Winery – Known as the hippest Winery in town, the Miramonte Winery is nestled on top of a hill overlooking the Temecula wine country! Some of the best features of the winery include the outdoor veranda, vintages, Live music and water misters. The winery also serves several Mediterranean plates that pair well with your wine tasting. The Miramonte Winery Sangria is also one of the finest Sangrias in the region. The owner is also very savvy with Social Media and you can find him online from time to time sharing his insider wine and entrepreneur tips. Also, keep your eyes open for Mojo, the hippest dog in wine country.
Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery – The winery is located on an Italian Villa in Temecula Wine Country. The history of the families wine make experience also dates back to Italy. You will literally feel like you have been transferred into a small Italian Villa in Italy when you walk thru the winery. The restaurant also serves an assortment of delicious salads and fries. You can also purchase their signature olive oil, vinegar, marinara sauce and hot chili sauces. The Moscato wine is one of the favorite.
Wilson Creek Winery – There are so many things to do at Wilson Creek, including concerts, picnics, lunch, tastings and dinner. I recommend an early afternoon brunch at The Creekside Grill. There are several delicious plates including the Cheese plate, Bruschetta and Gerry’s Reuben sandwich. Make sure to get the mimosas any time of day.
Temecula’s Best Dining Spots
The Restaurant at Ponte Winery * reservations recommended
Temecula Wine Country Accommodations
Temecula Wine Country Villa Chateau $399-$699 per night – sleeps 12
Temecula Wine Tasting Transportation
We recommend the all-inclusive day trip on the Grapeline Wine Tours. The shuttle will stop at four wineries and includes a picnic lunch, behind the scene tours of vineyards and wine-tasting.
Temecula Wine Country Seasonal Events
March – Celebrate World Of Wines for 30 wineries. The weekend events includes a self-guided wine tasting with gourmet food pairings for over 30 wineries.
September – Celebrate California Wine Month during the month of September 2014 with a SIP passport. For $40 you get to visit 4 wineries. The SIP Temecula passport includes 4 wine-tastings at 4 separate wineries of your choice. The discount is about 50% average cost of wine tasting prices. Get your SIP Temecula passport here and celebrate California Wine month.
November – Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. Visit over 30 wineries for a fun-filled self-guided Food & Wine adventure in Temecula Wine Country. Purchase tickets at the Temecula Growers Annual Barrel Tasting or an all-inclusive tickets with transportation to Grapeline Wine Tours Annual Barrel Tasting.
Temecula Wine Country Discount Tips
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience at reasonable prices also check-out Travel Zoo Temecula Wine Country offers for huge discounts on afternoon wine tasting tours, spa treatments and more. Travel Zoo discounts typically need to be purchased in advance so plan accordingly.
I hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Temecula Wine Country.