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From “Yes!” to “I Will!” to “I Do!” Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is the Perfect Destination for Love

In the heart of Southern California, nestled among rolling hills and whispering vines, lies not only a haven for wine lovers, but also a little slice of matrimonial paradise – Temecula Valley. Here, love isn’t just in the air; it’s in every sun-kissed grape, every glass of plush Syrah and juicy Sangiovese, and in the winding paths of each vineyard. This isn’t just a place where couples say “YES!” or “I do.” It’s where the clinking of glasses harmonizes with heartfelt vows, and cotton-candy-pink sunsets paint the perfect backdrop to start forever.

February is the season of love, so whether it’s a proposal or a wedding celebration you’re planning, or even just a romantic spot to share a glass or two of wine with your significant other you’re looking for, Temecula Valley has it all. Here’s a snapshot of some of the best wine country wedding offerings this Southern California wine destination offers.

Chapin Family Vineyards

Chapin Family Vineyards stands out with its intimate, dreamy vineyard setting. Laura Reyes, the talented event coordinator at this small, family owned and operated winery, knows just how to create the event of every bride and groom’s dreams. Her tailored approach emphasizes the customization of each wedding, ensuring a unique and deeply personal experience.

Top Wedding Wines: Guests love the robust Cabernet Sauvignon and the earthy Sangue Di Guida.

Danza del Sol Winery

Managed by wedding general manager Sari Swaim under Wedgewood Weddings, Danza de Sol offers customizable packages with a variety of wines. The sky is the limit on unique touches here – one particularly memorable event even included the option for guests to mark their wedding experience forever with an on-site tattoo artist during the cocktail hour.

Top Wedding Wines: Couples can’t go wrong with Danza del Sol’s Cabernet Franc, Espumosa sparkling wine, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Doffo Winery

This ultra-hip winery invites couples to celebrate their nuptials in Doffo’s one-of-a-kind venues. “From our piazza, which is surrounded by grapevines, to our MotoBarrel Room, with a vintage motorcycle collection, the sunset views and photo opportunities are spectacular,” says events manager Sarah Raymer. She also suggests the aptly named “Colina de Amore,” or “Hill of Love,” with its unobstructed, birds-eye view of the vineyard, as the ultimate romantic wine country spot for vows and proposals.

Top Wedding Wines: Doffo’s Paulina Sparkling is a great wine for toasting new love. Guests also rave about Doffo’s selection of red wines. If choosing just one is too tough, the winery offers a signature wine package, which features a full selection of 8 varieties sure to please the entire guest list.

Wilson Creek Winery

Known for its versatility in accommodating all types of weddings, this Temecula Valley staple is adept at handling both intimate – as few as ten people – and large-scale events for up to 500 guests. They also offer a proposal package to help hopeful lovebirds pop the big question. In fact, Wilson Creek is so nimble, they’ve been able to handle even the most urgent requests. “A few years ago, when wildfires hit Malibu, we had a couple come to us in frantic desperation,” Recalls vice president of marketing Wendy Holder. “Their venue was closed because of the fires. They contacted us on a Thursday, and we were able to accommodate their 150 guests that Saturday – two days later. They had the whole wedding here, from the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They commented that even though they had to change venues they were impressed at how we were able to provide the wedding of their dreams!

Top Wedding Wines: While many love their famous sweet Almond sparkling wine, Wilson Creek also offers a stunning lineup of delicious, dry bubblies, reds, and whites to choose from.

Avensole Winery

This picturesque winery offers an upscale, romantic vineyard ambiance, perfect for every season. No detail or personal touch is too much for Avensole’s seasoned events team. “Last Spring, we had a couple that incorporated their culture into every aspect of their wedding,” says director of marketing and hospitality, Sharon Cannon. “So much thought and detail went into this special day, which included things like a Chinese Lion Dance, outfit changes for both the bride and groom, and a private last dance.”

Top Wedding Wines: The Susan Sauvignon Blanc and Retaggio, a red blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lonsghadow Ranch

The ceremony lawn at Longshadow Ranch is flanked by acres of vineyards on gorgeous winery grounds. After making it official, guests can retire to the Reception Lodge, located just steps away. The venue is so picturesque, famous YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant tied the knot there in 2018.

Top Wedding Wines: Buttero, a white Sangiovese, and Wildfire Red, a Malbec-Syrah blend. 

Europa Village Wineries & Resorts

Couples can create their dream European wedding without ever leaving the United States at this trio of venues, inspired by the landscapes, architecture, and wines of Spain, Italy, and France. Ceremony and Instagram-worthy photo opp spots abound, including Il Terraza Vienza, La Piazza at Vienza, and La Sala da Ballo Tosana Ballroom. They also offer four different proposal packages – a picnic among the vines, an intimate dinner in the winery’s onsite wine cave, a Chef’s Table dining experience, or a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Temecula Valley.

Top Wedding Wines: Europa Village Prosecco or their Estate Garnacha.

Leoness Cellars

With its rolling vineyards, ivy-laden walls, and stunning views, this upscale winery provides a captivating setting for weddings. Wedding and events manager Melody Miller emphasizes their tailored approach to creating unforgettable events featuring culinary offerings, world class wines, and curated entertainment for up to 175 guests. The private ceremony lawn, with its panoramic vineyard views and distant mountains, sets the stage for a breathtaking exchange of vows. The celebration then moves to the Barrel Room, one of the largest in Wine Country, providing an elegant backdrop for receptions across all seasons.

Top Wedding Wines: Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are always top choices for wedding celebrations at Leoness.

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

This amenities-rich winery resort combines natural wine country splendor with refined elegance. The Rose Arbor ceremony site sits atop the Pinot Grigio vines, offering sweeping valley views, and an outdoor Courtyard reception area nestled among the vineyards. For larger events, they provide an outdoor space for up to 300 guests under twinkling lights, and the Barrel Room for spirited late-night after-parties. This scenic spot is also popular for proposals, with the Rose Arbor offering a quiet, picturesque setting. Engagements are often complemented with a visit to the Tasting Room for a toast, or a shared meal at the onsite Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Top Wedding Wines: Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Reference Chardonnay, and Group Therapy red blend.

These wineries make Temecula Valley a dream destination for weddings, blending the allure – and year-round sunshine! – of Southern California wine country with award-winning wines, exciting culinary offerings, and the unmistakably approachable vibe of Temecula Valley. Whether it’s a grand celebration or an intimate affair, Temecula’s wineries cater to every couple’s vision, ensuring that their special day is as timeless and unique as their love story.

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