Rancho California Trail East
Located just past the Calle Contento Wine Trail - just a bit up the road - are easy to find favorites where you're sure to find something to make everyone happy.
Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery
34225 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 676-1711; open daily 10am-5pm; mauricecarriewinery.com
Disguised as a Victorian farmhouse, delight in the extensive gift shop and charming weekend arts and crafts fair. Pair a wide variety of very drinkable wines with their notorious baked sourdough brie bread.
On the tasting menu: Peach, Pineapple, and Raspberry Sparkling Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo; $10 for 5 tastes with logo glass; $10 for 4 sparkling tastes with logo flute
Van Roekel Winery
34567 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 699-6961; open daily 10am-5pm
Sister winery to Maurice Car’rie, offered here are a variety of fun sparkling wines as well as classic red and white wines. A deli case makes creating a picnic lunch a breeze.
On the tasting menu: Peach Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Merlot; $10 for 6 tastes with logo glass; $10 for 4 sparkling tastes with logo flute
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 587-WINE ; open daily 10am-6pm; wineresort.com
The largest and arguably most spectacular winery in the valley handcrafts dozens of finely made varietals in this state of the art facility. A luxurious spa, elegant 'casitas' and a cozy restaurant beckon all.
On the tasting menu: Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, GVR/Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne; $15 for 5 tastes, $18 for 5 reserve tastes
Ponte Family Estate Winery
35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 694-8855; open daily 10am-5pm; The Restaurant at Ponte hours: Mon-Wed 11am-3pm; Thurs & Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm; 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, Viognier, Super Tuscan, Nebbiolo; $12 for 6 tastes weekdays; $20 for 6 tastes weekends, both with logo glass
Wiens Family Cellars
35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 694-9892; open daily 10am-5pm; wienscellars.com
The sign out front says Big Reds- and they mean it. Offering a broad range of exquisitely crafted red wines along with a meticulously maintained, beautiful property, this popular winery is a must stop.
On the tasting menu: Cabernet Reserve, Merlot, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir; $15 for 6 tastes
Monte De Oro Winery
35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 491-6551; open daily 10am-5pm; montedeoro.com
This captivating estate winery is equipped with flat-screen TV’s and an amazing glass floor revealing the cellar barrel room below. An eclectic and wide variety of award-winning wines make for a great experience.
On the tasting menu: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot; $10 for 6 tastes
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard
35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 699-9463; open daily 10am-5pm, Creek side Grille Restaurant hours: 11am-5pm; wilsoncreekwinery.com
Home to the famed Almond Champagne, this winery offers an extensive wine list and fun behind-the-scenes tours, along with 70 acres of picturesque vineyards. Enjoy alfresco dining at the popular Creekside Grille.
On the tasting menu: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Merlot, Estate Zinfandel; $12 for 5 tastes weekdays; $15 for 5 tastes weekends
Chapin Family Vineyards
36084 Summitville Street, Temecula92592; (951) 506.2935; open daily 10am-5pm; chapinfamilyvineyards.com
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, Sangiovese; $15 for 6 tastes
Doffo Vineyard & Winery
36083 Summitville, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 676-6989/(866) 469-8466; open daily 10am to 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, Shiraz, Mistura, Cabernet Sauvignon; $10 for 6 tastes, $20 for 6 reserve tastes