Reader's Digest 25 Best Wineries 2021
December 31, 1969
Devin Parr, Brand Marketing Partner
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s Baily Winery Named Among 25 Best Wineries in the United States by Readers Digest
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is proud to announce that the region’s own Baily Vineyard & Winery has been named one of the 25 best wineries in the United States by Reader’s Digest. In an article written by Katy Spratte Joyce earlier this month highlighting the country’s best wineries, Baily was featured alongside other well-known properties in California, Oregon, and beyond.
“We are overwhelmed,” says co-owner and winemaker Phil Baily, who is also the President of the Board of Directors of the TVWA. “And we are proud not only for us but for the recognition it brings to the Temecula Valley. The respect for an individual winery flows directly out of the respect given to its region, so this is an honor for the Temecula Valley as well for Baily Vineyard & Winery.”
Recognizing from the beginning that a strong wine region is essential to a winery’s success, Phil has been actively involved in the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, serving as President several times. In the late 1980s he worked with Riverside County to create the unique zoning that has enabled the region to withstand the pressures of residential land development and to grow to over 40 wineries, and he has remained involved in land use issues that favor the growth of agriculture ever since.
“Our success as a wine region couldn’t have happened without the support of our Supervisors and the Planning and Land Management staff leadership of Riverside County,” adds Phil.
The Bailys moved to the Temecula Valley in 1981 and opened their winery in 1986, making it the second oldest in terms of continuous ownership by the same family. And with son Patrick and grandson Alex on the winemaking team, the winery is well set to continue making fine wines far into the future.
As the owner of such an iconic and pioneering winery in Temecula Valley, Phil was also instrumental in helping to garner the region-wide support needed to create the recently passed Wine Country business improvement district, put into effect in April 2021.
ABOUT TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
Located within a 60-minute drive from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley is widely recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular wine destination is southern California’s largest wine producing region by volume.
The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit regional organization. The TVWA (TemeculaWines.org) is dedicated to promoting the making and growing of quality wine and wine grapes in the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area).
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