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.
Briar Rose Winery
41720 Calle Cabrillo, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 308-1098. Closed Mondays & Wednesdays. Every other day 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, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir; $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
Vindemia Vineyard, 33133 Vista Del Monte, Temecula, California 92591; (800) 373-3359;
Beautifully nestled on a hillside, visitors who venture through the valley less-traveled on Calle Contento find an estate with a spectacular view, masterful gardens and a comfortable setting to enjoy extraordinary hand-crafted wines.
On the tasting menu: Syrah, Commonwealth; open Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm; $15 for 5 tastes