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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Temecula View all

  • Rancho de Andallusia

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

  • Baily Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Thornton Winery

    Historic Thornton Winery THORNTON WINERY favors producing wine that is exciting for its freshness...

  • La Cereza Winery

    La Cereza (Spanish for cherry) welcomes visitors to its Spanish-style winery where the charming t...

  • Monte De Oro

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

  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards

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

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Temecula on Snooth

  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Decadencia Chocolate Port NV


    Decadencia is smooth to drink and the chocolate flavor with the wine is superb. Read More

    Wine review by mrswilli

  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's ... I had some decent stuff in Temecula of all places. OTOH, it's $30+/bottle and you can get Chianti Classico for less and Morellino di Scansano for much less and of quality that's probably as good. So if you're going to have to charge over $30/bottle, do you plant Sangiove... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US

  • I remember that video. He did a good job.But as to clearance - as a New Yorker, ... its own business model. In Temecula they make a lot of mediocre wine and sell it all for way more than a decent bottle of something else. They have sufficient tourists who care about the experience more than the wine, so that's what they go with. In Napa if they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...

  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... ... that I have made about Temecula winerie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Puglia is southern Italy, every bit as much so as Campania, and even more ... ... ... it might be more like a Temecula to Napa stretch, since Puglia is hella hot and is rather winepoor relative to Toscana or Campania, though it still has batches better wine than anywhere south of Ojai.Isn't a decade still infanticide for good Barolos, Fox?  ;... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I first noticed tip jars about three years ago in Temecula.  I think we visited three or four tating rooms that day, and every one of them had a tip jar on the conter.  On a trip to Paso Robles two years ago I noticed tip jars in a couple of the four or five tasting rooms we visited.  I do not recall seeing any at the two Edna Valley wineries th... Read More

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  • Maurice Carrie White Blend Temecula Valley Summer's End 2001


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    Wine review by ncsuzta

  • Oh wow,Red.  You have arrived.  GregT is one of my favorite Snooth ... that Malbec might work in Temecula, where they are desperately looking for some sort of grape identit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • NG, that SB sure looks great.  It is so unfair, though, that you cannot ... ... that the quality of the Temecula wineriies peaks at Hart, the first winery that you come to from I-15.OT, thanks for the report, very interesting and very informative.  I have to believe that whoever owned that wine before you took good care of it.  It looks beaut... Read More

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  • Wow NG, I think that's another brand I've actually heard of, but barely ... about. There was a trip to Temecula, but the only winery/wines we tried were Doffo's, supposedly some of the best in town and I wasn't impressed, though I got a good chuckle out of their pricing, which was through the roof!So here's my favorite alcoholic beverage in tha... 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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