Old World/New World Temecula Style

These wineries tend to favor the flavor of their relative ancestry. French, Italian, Spanish and Argentinean wines prevail almost solely at each.

Stops: Cougar Vineyard & Winery, Doffo Vineyard & Winery, Europa Village, Fazeli Cellars, Ponte Winery, Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery


Cougar Vineyard & Winery

39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 491-0825; open daily 11am-6pm; cougarvineyards.com

Family owned and operated winery specializing in 100% Estate Italian varietals.  Sharing good times in this casual and picturesque place along with enjoying hand crafted, award winning wines is what Cougar lives for.

On the tasting menu: Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, The Full Monte(pulciano); $12 for 6 tastes


Doffo Vineyard & Winery

36083 Summitville, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 676-6989/(866) 469-8466; open Monday-Thursday 11am to 5pm; Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Groups of 6+ by appointment only; doffowines.com

The Doffo's trace their winemaking history to Argentina, and it shows in each one of their exquisite wines. See the vintage motorcycle collection and unusual practice of playing classical music in the vineyard.

On the tasting menu: Viognier, Malbec, Zinfandel, Mistura, Cabernet Sauvignon; $15 for standard tasting, $25 for premium tasting.


Europa Village

33475 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 506-1818; open daily from 10am to 5pm.
europavillage.com

Relish a taste of the Old World.  Three distinctly different wineries under one roof, guests may choose French wines from C'est La Vie, Spanish wine from Bolero Cellars or Italian wine from Vienza.

On the tasting menu: Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese; $15 for 6 tastes
 


Fazeli Cellars

37320 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 303-3366. Open daily 7 days a week from 11am to 6pm. www.fazelicellars.com

Back in 2001, the Fazeli family decided to visit Temecula Valley. It was just a relaxing day trip to explore the local wine country and at the time, no one realized that this was the beginning of what was to become a life changing adventure. 

On the tasting menu: Hafez, Saadi, and our benchmark grape Shiraz. 
$15 for 5 tastes / $20 for 5 tastes on the weekend

 


Ponte Winery

35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 694-8855; open daily 10am-5pm; The Restaurant at Ponte hours:  Monday-Thursday, 11am-5pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-8pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm. pontewinery.com

Tasty wine, charming staff, beautiful gift boutique, incredible restaurant and impeccable grounds await you. Enjoy your favorite wine with an al fresco lunch at the fabulous Restaurant at Ponte for a true delight.

On the tasting menu: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Barbera, Super Tuscan;  Daily tasting fee is $20 for 6 tastes.


Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery

37350 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 302-VINO (8466); open daily 11am-6pm; robertrenzoni.com

With a history of winemaking dating back to Fano, Italy in the 1880s, it's apparent that this family's roots are firmly planted in the growing of grapes and the making of fine wine.

On the tasting menu: Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Fiore di Fano/Super Tuscan, Paradiso Port; $15 for 5 tastes

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