Familiar Favorites

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: Baily Vineyard & Winery, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Hart Winery, Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, Thornton Winery

Baily Vineyard & Winery

33440 La Serena Way Temecula, CA 92591; open daily 11 am-5pm, Sat 10am to 5pm; (951) 676-WINE [9463]; Carol's Restaurant hours: open for lunch Thurs-Sun, 11:30am to 2:30pm; Sat and Sun, 11:30am-3pm; 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. $15 for 6 tastes (includes logo glass and a $5 coupon towards a purchase). www.bailywinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591; (951) 676-4001; open daily from 10:30am - 6pm. Meritage Restaurant hours: open daily Monday-Thurs. for lunch 11am-4pm; dinner only on Fri & Sat 11am-8pm; 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) 1oz tastes for $20.

Hart Winery

41300 Avenida Biona, Temecula, CA 92593; (951) 676-6300; open daily 9am-5pm; hartfamilywinery.com

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: Arneis, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage; $12 for 6 tastes.

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

Thornton Winery

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

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