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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Temecula View all

  • Leonesse Cellars

    Leonesse Cellars is the embodiment of quality, warmth, and outstanding wines. We guarantee a warm...

  • Monte De Oro

    A dream of 71 family owners from North America, England and South Africa, Monte De Oro Winery ...

  • Inn at Churon Winery

    Our renowned winemaker, Benny Rodriguez, produces the award-winning wines of Churon. His years of...

  • Baily Vineyard & Winery

    Established in 1986, Baily Vineyard & Winery is a family-owned estate winery located in the Temec...

  • Falkner Winery

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

  • Rancho de Andallusia

    Rancho de Andallusia (RDA) is a failed attempt at a winery business in Temecula, California. Cre...

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  • OK D - you're a far more tolerant, reasonable, and encouraging soul than ... taken.OT - it's all in Temecula! But I have some in S Read More

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  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... I bring that up? Because in Temecula, an hour north of San Diego, the best wines I was able to try were from Italian grapes - Aglianico was one of them. If that's what Abe is looking at doing in LA, I would fully support that. Or Nero d'Avola or something else from ... Read More

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  • The last Charbono I had was a couple years ago from Mt. Palomar WInery.  I ... ... you are not a big fan of Temecula wines, Jon, but this one was perfectly fine--not fine enough that I have bothered to look for more, however.  Mt. Palomar is another of the Temecula wineries that is trying everything to see what works best there.  I think their ... Read More

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  • Enjoyed the report...really reinforces the fact that I need to get out to ... ... ... comes along, ditto for Temecula. However I'm interested in the potential of coastal So Cal sites that don't produce wine such as some of my stomping grounds between San Diego and L Read More

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  •  GREGT: The Texas High Plains AVA are where the grapes for most of these ... ... enough, the brother of a Temecula winemaker made two of the best Roussanne's  - Kim McPherson.Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.&nbs Read More

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  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a ... a ... for example? Here in Temecula there is one guy doing it and it's actually pretty goo Read More

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  • It's not the University of California at Santa Barbara. This is for ... lot.   When I was Temecula a couple years ago, I visited Mt. Palomar, but was not nearly as impressed with their then current bottling. For what it's worth, the best Sangio I had that visit was from Hart.  However, I have to confess that I have a bias towards that winer Read More

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  • Rumor has it that Greg encountered what might even be the best North American ... ever tasted on his recent Temecula trip. This is unconfirmed. Was trying to confirm it.   ; Read More

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  • "Next you'll be telling me where UCSB is."Mark, ?? And Greg, ... had the best Sangiovese in Temecul Read More

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  • I was going to mention Callahan, but I'm not sure of the spelling ... you ... you are finding out there in Temecula.  I really agree that wineries do themselves a disservice focusing on the tourism model over winemaking, and I also agree that it's time that Cali winemakers really think about matching the plantings to what they can grow best, n... 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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