Temecula Wine

The name Temecula is derived from the native American description for the 'land where the sun shines through the mist’. The aptly named Temecula Valley viticultural area enjoys a unique climactic phenomenon. As the eastern valleys heat up, warm air rises, creating a low-pressure system. This helps draw cool misty Pacific air into the Temecula Valley through the Rainbow and Deluz gaps. The maritime influence refreshes the vineyards, effectively moderating the extreme heat of the southern California sun. The region's vineyards also benefit from their high natural elevation (most are close to 1,500 feet) and well drained decomposed granite soil. In the late 1990s, Pierce’s disease plagued this Southern California AVA and vineyard acreage dramatically fell from 2,300 to 1,300 acres. Through the efforts of the USDA and the local winegrowers’ association, the problem seems to have been turned around. A spin-off benefit from the disaster has seen vineyards being replanted to ‘en vogue’ red varietals Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Temecula View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Temecula View all

  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards

    Nestled at the end of Rancho California Road in Temecula Valley lies our family estate vineyard a...

  • Doffo

      Marcelo, Zulma and Damian Doffo invite you to visit the charming home of Doffo Winery. ...

  • Falkner Winery

    Winery specializing in Rhone and Tuscan varitials. Tasting room open daily. Restaurant open dai...

  • Boorman Vineyards

    Boorman Vineyards is one of Southern California’s newest bonded wineries! We are located on the S...

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards

    Located in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to sm...

  • South Coast Winery

    Prepare to experience luxury uncorked. In the heart of Southern California's Temecula Wine Countr...

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Temecula on Snooth

  • The 85% rule for Champagne vintage dating brought up the question in my mind ... remaining 15% came from the Temecula Valley, then either of the following scenarios would allow for the labeling of the wine to specifiy 2010 Stag's Leap:If 100% of the Stag's Leap grapes were harvested in 2010, then at least 2/3 of the Temecula grapes were harves... Read More

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  • In high school I started out with the sugary swill of Boonesfarm and Annie ... ... the Winter Barrel tasting in Temecula. We stayed at the South Coast Winery and on that Saturday and Sunday, the shuttle came and took us to the 20 wineries (10 each day) where they did the barrel tastings.  We had a blast!  At each winery you sampled the wines i... Read More

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  • Yesterday was our anniversary.  Peggy surprised me a bit when I asked her ... yes, it is a Pinot Noir from Temecula.  What the heck was that guy thinking?  I had never heard of that winery--Maurice Car'rie.  A quick search seems to indicate that they still operate, although PN is not listed among their wines.  Actually, it appears that their b... Read More

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  • 2014 harvest is completed at most of the Temecula Wineries.  @GBVWinery, we had a great crop and the fruit was outstanding.  For those who have not been to the region in a while, it is worth the trip.  Gershon Bachus just released their 2009 Estate wines.  They are robust and beautifully balanced.  We are open for tasting Friday Saturday and Sun... Read More

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  • South Coast Winery aint bad...tried some of their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 4-Block Blend last night and didn't cringe. Read More

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  • Don't know them well enough to say much. Most of what I've had has been really bad but the wineries aren't all that worried because they sell to the various parties or weekenders who head out just to drink. So it really doesn't matter if you serve sangria or good wine or bad wine - the people are out for the buzz and couldn't care less about win... Read More

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  • GregT, going to weigh in?  Do try to be nice. Read More

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  • Thanks!  Hart is on the list.  We have been there before and it was good times.   Also looking at Gershon Bachus Vintners.  All smaill block stuff but hopefully avoid the crowds.  Cheers! Read More

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  • I like Hart.  It's the very first winery you see hit as you are ... ... reported a nice discovery in Temecula a few months ago, but I just don't recall which one it was.  If GregT endorses it, then it is good.  Maybe he'll jump in her Read More

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  • Inlaws are in town and we plan on doing a tasting day in Temecula.  I havent been up there in years.  Id like to hit 3 to 4 wineries.  Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.   Read More

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  • A long time ago I had a beautiful white wine from Temecula, CA. I was told that it was only available in the Spring season. I don't remember the name however, it was born in Temecula, Ca. Might anyone have any ideas of how I might find this loved wine once again? Thanks - Mick Vee

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