Something For Everyone
If what you're looking for is a variety of varietals, head to these wineries. Each offers a large selection of both red and white wines. You're sure to find a favorite at each.
Bel Vino Winery
33515 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (888) 260-0870; open daily 10am-5pm; belvinowinery.com
A truly fun and memorable experience, Bel Vino Winery features a full line of varietals and vintages, including their exclusive premium label, Stuart Cellars. With year-round special events, a first-class wedding venue and a spectacular view of wine country, you will want to visit often to enjoy it all.
On the tasting menu: Tatria/red Meritage, Calista/white Meritage, Long Valley Red, Viognier; $10 for 6 tastes
Danza del Sol Winery
39050 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 302-6363; open daily 11am-6pm
This relaxed tasting room evokes an Italian-countryside feel offering people friendly wines - plus a dog and equestrian friendly property. Take your bottle outside to enjoy the comfortable vineyard surrounded patio.
On the tasting menu: Chardonnay Reserve, Viognier, Tres Rose, Tempranillo, Merlot; $12 for 6 tastes; $10 for 6 tastes on Saturdays
38311 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92593; (951) 302-7601; open daily 11am-5pm; leonessecellars.com
This stunning property features indoor and outdoor fireplace seating, a comfortable covered patio, self-guided vineyard tours and spectacular views of the valley. The cozy tasting room offers an expansive, critically-acclaimed wine list.
On the tasting menu: Melange de Blanc, Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, Zinfandel, Estate Syrah, Grenache; $14 for 6 tastes
Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery
39847 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591; (877) 80-RANCH; open Mon-Fri, 12pm-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 5 tastes with logo glass
Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
40225 Berenda Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 694-6699; open daily 11am-5pm; lorimarwinery.com
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: Duetto/Chenin-Blanc-Viognier, Duet/Cabernet-Mourvedre, Fusion/ Zinfandel-Petit Syrah; $10 for 5 tastes
Oak Mountain Winery
36522 Via Verde, Temecula, CA 92592; (951) 699-9102; open daily 11am-5pm; oakmountainwinery.com
An oasis of Temecula Valley charm, it's immaculately maintained vineyard surrounds the hilltop winery and offers stunning views of the valley below. A sizeable list of acclaimed wines and an outdoor veranda await.
On the tasting menu: No Oak Chardonnay, Meritage, Zinfandel, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; $10 for 6 tastes weekdays; $12 for 6 tastes weekends; $15 for 6 reserve tastes
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
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