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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know….Keyways Vineyards & Winery

September 29th, 2011

Keyways Winery was one of the original wineries that established Temecula Valley Wine Country, and has the special distinction of being the only female-owned and managed winery in the region.

The story:

Keyways Winery was established in 1989 by Mr. Carl Key and was one of the very first to prove the viability of growing grapes in Temecula Valley. Current owner and manager Ms. Terri Pebley Delhamer has taken this historic winery and renovated the entire estate, both inside and out, to reflect the warmth and charm of an early California mission winery and vineyard. The tasting room features a black onyx bar, cork floors, a fireplace and- in an effort to appeal to women- beautifully appointed restrooms, filled with decorator touches. The outdoor area includes many spaces perfect for events such as the Vineyard Pavilion, Rose Terrace and Garden Gazebo.

The wine:

When Terri took over the vineyard, she replaced the original zinfandel grapes with Viogner, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Grenache.  Keyways’ winemaker David Raffaele lived in Italy for nearly six years and became fascinated with Italy’s enduring and prolific wine legacy. Highlights of Keyways’ wines include the 2008 Petit Verdot and their Meritage, dubbed “Territage,” for Keyways’ owner, Terri. Keyways also produces several dessert wines including a 2010 Late Harvest Roussanne and a 2010 Muscat Canelli.

 

Tastings:


Keyways is open Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-5:30pm and Friday-Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm. The winery hosts multiple events, including Wine Down Fridays which are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month and Sangria Serenade every Sunday from 1:30-5:30pm. See their events page for more information.

 

 
 
Keyways Winery
37338 De Portola Road
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-7888

 

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