Off The Beaten Path

The road less traveled often leads visitors to discover small, hidden wineries that may just become preferred stops. Tour off the main drag to encounter these beloved boutiques.

Stops: Briar Rose Winery, Chapin Family Vineyards, Doffo Vineyard & Winery, Foot Path Winery, Lorimar Vineyards & Winery, Lumiere Winery, Palumbo Family Vineyards & 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. Reservations required - same day available;

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

Chapin Family Vineyards

36084 Summitville Street, Temecula 92592; (951) 506.2935; open daily 10am-5pm;

Offering the ambiance of a small winery with an inviting country setting, the Chapin Family believes in small lots of handcrafted wines offering intense flavor with depth and balance that best represent the Temecula Valley Appellation.

On the tasting menu: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Viognier; $15 for 7 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;

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.

Foot Path Winery

36650 Glen Oaks Road, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 265-9951; open Mon-Fri 11pm-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm;

Housed in a quaint barn on a certified organic farm, amongst citrus, figs, horses and hummingbirds, the Foote family serves up a small menu of hand-crafted red wines in very limited production.

On the tasting menu: Merlot, Zinfandel, Port; $10 for 6 tastes

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

39990 Anza Rd., Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 694-6699; Sun-Thurs: 11a-5p, Fri & Sat: 11a-5p

If music be the food of love, drink on! The new Tuscan-style winery off of Anza Road is now open to visitors.

On the tasting menu: Grenache Blanc, Roussane, Sangiovese, Tempranillo 6 tastes; Monday - Friday: $14pp; Saturday & Sunday: $18pp

Lumiere Winery

39555 Calle Contente Contento, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 972-0585; open Thursday- Monday, 11am-6pm;

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.

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

40150 Barksdale Circle, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 676-7900; open daily 11a-5p.

Committed to small lot, handcrafted wines from just 13 acres of estate-grown varieties, this family run winery is best described as "artisinal". The wines exude passion, depth and elegance. Simple concept, complex wines.

On the tasting menu: Viognier, Mourvedre/Syrah, Tre Fratelli/Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon; $15 for 5 tastes

Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery

33133 Vista del Monte, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 760-9334, Open Daily 11am to 5pm.
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).

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