Calle Contento Wine Trail
Truly 'off the beaten road', the wineries located along this less busy trail just off of Rancho California Road are well worth the turn.
Stops: Briar Rose Winery, Falkner Winery, Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Lumiere Winery, Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery
Briar Rose Winery
41720 Calle Cabrillo, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 308-1098. Open Thursday through Monday from 11am-5pm by appointment only; briarrosewinery.com
Home to limited production, premium wines of distinction; crafted in the Old World traditional way.
On the tasting menu: Viognier, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Tempranillo; $15 for 5 standard tastes; $25 for 6 premium tastes
0620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 676-8231; open daily 10am-5pm; Pinnacle Restaurant hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-3:30pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am-2:30pm; falknerwinery.com
Specializing in multiple award-winning Super Tuscan and Meritage blends, the rustic tasting room offers a wide variety of varietals for tasting. Pinnacle Restaurant offers a spectacular 360° vineyard view.
On the tasting menu: Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot; $10 for 4 tastes, $15 for 6 tastes with logo glass and a coupon for $5 off any bottle of wine
Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery
39847 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591; (877) 80-RANCH; open Mon-Thurs, 11pm-5pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm; longshadowranchwinery.com
This family-friendly, ranch-style winery is complete with hay barrels, horses and a rustically beautiful and welcoming ambiance. The tasting room features a wide variety of Estate bottled wines made the old fashioned way.
On the tasting menu: Tempranillo, Cinsault, Ponderosa Port, Outlaw Red; $15 for 6 tastes
39555 Calle Contente Contento, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 972-0585; open Fri-Sun 11am-6pm;lumierewinery.com
A family run, boutique winery passionate about, and focused on, producing world-class, estate grown Bourdeaux style wines.
On the tasting menu: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc; $10 for 5 tastes (no logo glass) or $15 for 6 tastes with logo glass.
Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery
33133 Vista del Monte, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 760-9334, Open Daily 11am to 5pm. www.vindemia.com
Vindemia Vineyards & Winery is a family owned and operated winery in Temecula, beautifully nestled on the Temecula hillside with the perfect blend of European style and a casual Southern California feel.
On the tasting menu: More Cowbell Zinfandels, Syrah, Loneliness and Commonwealth blends. Complimentary bread and olive oil with your tasting. $15 for 5 tastings (Friday & Monday), $20 for 5 tastings (Saturday & Sunday).