There's always something new - even at established wineries you've visited many a time. These long time favorites provide a dose of Temecula Valley history along with great wines.
Stops: Avensole Vineyard & Winery, Baily Vineyard & Winery, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Hart Winery, Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, Thornton Winery
Avensole Vineyard & Winery
34567 Rancho California Rd. Temecula, CA 92591; 951.252.2003; Open daily 11:00am-5:00pm (last call 4:45pm); avensolewinery.com
Avensole Winery invites you to spend the day at our gorgeous resort-like vineyard estate, featuring one of the oldest original vineyards in Temecula Valley. Enjoy extraordinary views, handcrafted award-winning wines, delicious seasonal cuisine on our lovely patio, craft cocktails, daily Happy Hour and live music at the Tasting Room patio Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. Avensole is truly the perfect Wine Country destination, where gracious hospitality and elevated service await.
Baily Vineyard & Winery
33440 La Serena Way Temecula, CA 92591; open daily 11 am-5pm, Sat 10am to 5pm; (951) 676-WINE ; Carol's Restaurant hours: open for lunch Fridy-Sun, please call for current hours; bailywinery.com
Since 1986, Baily Winery has produced small lots of excellent quality wines from their Estate vineyards. Pair them with fresh California cuisine at Carol’s Restaurant, which features a delightful outdoor patio.
On the tasting room menu: Chardonnay, Semillon, Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Meritage; Daily Mon.-Sun. Tasting fee: $25 for 6 1oz. samples. Fee includes a logo glass and $10 credit towards wine purchases. . www.bailywinery.com
Callaway Vineyard & Winery
32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 676-4001; open daily from 11:00am - 6pm. Tour schedule: Daily at 12pm and 2pm. Meritage Restaurant hours: open daily Monday-Thurs. for lunch 11am-4pm; Fri & Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm. callawaywinery.com
This famous winery is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike offering an approachable wine list and newly remodeled Estate winery. For a perfect meal, take a patio seat at Meritage Restaurant.
On the tasting menu: Pinot Gris, Rose of Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Calliope Red; 6 Taste for $20pp.Tour of winemaking facility & Tasting $35pp; Tour Only $20 pp; no charge for guests 17 and under.
41300 Avenida Biona, Temecula, CA 92593; (951) 676-6300; 10:30am-5pm on Monday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Thurs. 12pm-5pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
With a focus on quality in both vineyard and bottle, this small-scale, family-operated winery showcases a well-deserved collection of gold medals and a stellar array of both red and white wines.
On the tasting menu: Various Hart winery favorites from whites to reds; $25 Tasting fee.
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 Famous Hot Baked Brie bread available daily.
On the tasting menu: Peach, Pineapple, and Raspberry Sparkling Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo; $15 for 5 tastes.
Mount Palomar Winery
33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 676-5047/(800) 854-5177; open daily 10:00a-6:00p mountpalomar.com
This early California style winery is as known for its breathtaking views of the valley as it is for its varied wine selection. Stop by for a taste of Temecula history.
On the tasting menu: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Cream Sherry, Charbono; $16 per tasting Mon-Thurs; $20 per tasting Fri-Sun
32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 699-0099 open daily 10am-5pm; Café Champagne Restaurant hours: lunch 11am-3:30pm, dinner 5pm-9pm; thorntonwine.com
Since 1988, this French chateau-like estate winery has been welcoming guests to enjoy it's award-winning wines and restaurant, Cafe Champagne. Check out their Champagne Jazz concert series for a real treat.
On the tasting menu: Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet-Merlot, Old Vine Zinfandel; tastes range from $11-$17; tasting room offers sit-down service & appetizers