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Geography & Climate
Geography & Climate

Perfect Conditions for
World-Class Wines

Just 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Temecula Valley is sheltered on both sides by mountain ranges (with elevations from 2,000 to 11,000 feet), creating a warm, sunny and relatively dry climate similar to many of the great winegrowing regions of Europe.

Gaps in the coastal mountain range allow ocean air to breeze through the valley, tempering the long, warm days with cool nights and mornings. This natural climate control creates ideal conditions for wine grapes, allowing them to reach their full ripeness slowly, for the perfect balance of flavor and freshness.

Most of Temecula Valley’s vineyards are located between 1,000 and 1,500 feet above sea level, where soils are primarily decomposed granite, which allows water to drain easily and encourages vines to root deeply. And the deeper those roots go, the more the grapes take on the distinctive terroir that makes Temecula Valley wines so special.

All of these factors—climate, soil, topography and more—allow Temecula Valley, part of the larger South Coast AVA, to produce top-scoring, world-class wines in a wide range of varietals and styles.  

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