The 9 Best Temecula Wine Tours | WineCountry.com (2022)

If the Southern California Wine Country destination of Temecula Valley isn’t on your radar for wine regions you need to visit, it should be. Centrally located in Riverside County, about a one-to-two-hour drive from most of Southern California’s major cities and airports, including San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Temecula Valley is an easy getaway from just about anywhere.

With rolling hills reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside, a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny days, breezy afternoons, and cool nights (perfect for grape-growing and vacationing!), and dozens of different grape varieties and styles of wines produced, this wine region, named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the top ten wine destinations in the world in 2019, is a must-visit for wine lovers.

While booking an itinerary of individual winery visits is a great way to see this popular Southern California Wine Country, there are actually plenty of companies in the region that specialize in creating memorable wine experiences for you. From guided wine tours to simple limo transportation to offbeat excursions on horseback or motorcycle, Temecula offers plenty of options for tasting your way through Wine Country. All you have to do is show up. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started.

Grapeline Wine Tours

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Owners Kim and John Kelliher have curated a team of local insiders who know Temecula Valley inside and out, and are passionate about sharing their love of the region with wine travelers. From shared tours like the “Classic Wine Adventure” and the “Vineyard Picnic Tour,” which feature stops at three to four wineries, as well as cheeses, snacks, or a catered picnic lunch, to private choose-your-own-winery-adventure-style SUV tours, the top-rated Grapeline Wine Tours can work with you to create the perfect Wine Country experience. Join “Club Kay” and earn cork bucks to redeem on future wine tours, including excursions to the other wine regions they service: Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Sonoma Valley, and Santa Barbara.

27286 Via Industria, Suite A, Temecula, CA 92590, (951) 693-5755

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Tour Del Vino

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This luxury tour company prides itself on offering flexible, fully customizable wine tour experiences. Visitors can select from a large menu of add-on options, such as vertical wine tastings, food and wine pairing classes, and even a vineyard proposal package for those looking to pop the question Wine Country style. For the ultimate wine lover’s experience, book the exclusive private wine dinner, which includes a gourmet four-course meal cooked by your private chef, sommelier-presented wines, and a beautifully decorated table set just for you and your guests among the vines.

31915 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 852-6799

Stryder Transportation

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Visitors who are simply looking for a stylish and upscale ride between wine tasting stops will want to book Stryder Transportation. This full-service transportation provider boasts an extensive vehicle fleet of sedans, limos, SUVs, and motor coaches that can be at your beck and call as you taste your way through Temecula Valley. Stryder also offers private wine tours, wedding transportation, and corporate packages as well as airport transfers and by-the-hour rates.

35505 Calle Nopal, Temecula, CA 92592, (951) 693-0242

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Wine Country Trails by Horseback

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Owner and operator Diana Lefort is passionate about horses. Not only does she have three decades of equine experience, she has also rehabilitated more than 50 horses abandoned or abused by their owners. The result is Wine Country Trails by Horseback, a unique tour company that invites wine and animal lovers to tour the stunning trails and vineyards of Temecula Valley by horse. Experienced trainers have conditioned these horses to carry guests through vineyards on one of several different tour packages available, such as the wildly popular, 90-minute sunset ride or a fully-customizable wine and equestrian experience for groups of all sizes.

34450 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 795-1444

Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours

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How often do you get to take a tour of Wine Country in an open-air vintage San Francisco cable car? Hop on one of these lovingly restored, motorized cable cars, and enjoy unobstructed views of Temecula Valley vineyards and countryside. Not only do they offer all-inclusive Temecula Valley wine tours that feature visits to three wineries and a Wine Country lunch, but brave visitors can also book the “Nightly Spirits” Haunted Cable Car Tour through the once Wild West of Old Town Temecula.

41740 Enterprise Circle N, STE 106, Temecula, CA 92590, (951) 302-5981

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So-Cal Sidecars

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Love wine and the fast life? Experience the thrill of a Wine Country motorcycle ride while letting someone else do the driving as you hop aboard the world’s first and only tandem motorcycle sidecars through Temecula Valley. These throwback passenger cars accommodate two people comfortably, and are driven by skilled riders decked out in stylish, of-the-era gear, who will guide you through the rich history and idyllic surroundings via backroads made accessible by the freedom of motorcycle travel. So-Cal Sidecars offers a wide range of tour possibilities, including winery, brewery, specialty cocktail, and city tours, as well as day and night options and custom experiences.

39730 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 414-5344

Temecula Carriage Co.

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For total romance, or simply an experience that harkens back to a simpler, bygone era, experience Temecula Valley Wine Country on a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy the pleasant clip clop of hooves as you take in Temecula Valley’s rolling hills and rows of carefully tended vines on your private tour, a picnic basket of Wine Country delights like meats, cheeses, crackers, olives, and local wine, as well as parasols and flannel blankets at your fingertips. Group tours are also available, which include a visit to four different wineries, as well as various stops throughout Wine Country, allowing you to experience the shops, restaurants, grounds, and tasting rooms at a leisurely, civilized pace.

40001 Berenda Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (858) 205-9161

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California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures

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Temecula Valley is known for world-class wines, stunning vistas, gorgeous weather, and friendly people. It’s also known for a sky frequently dotted with colorful hot air balloons floating over vineyards at dawn. Start your day with a dreamy sunrise balloon ride, and behold just how gorgeous Wine Country can be from 2,000 feet in the air. Each balloon adventure will start at Vindemia Winery and cover anywhere from two to seven miles, culminating in a delectable breakfast of Cinnamon Burst bread, local fresh fruits, cheese, crackers, and of course, mimosas in Vindemia’s private Rose Garden, as well as a complimentary wine tasting for two.

33133 Vista Del Monte Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 699-0601

Destination Temecula

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For wine lovers looking for a high touch, guided experience, Destination Temecula offers public and private tours of Temecula Valley that feature not only top-notch transportation throughout Wine Country, but also escorted entrances to each winery stop, personal introductions to winery staff (and often the winery owners and winemakers themselves!), and detailed stories of the region’s history, climate, wineries, personalities, and unique characteristics. Enjoy wine tastings, a winery lunch, and the memories that come with making new friends on a true Wine Country immersion experience.

28475 Old Town Front Street, Suite F, Temecula, CA 92590, (951) 695-1232

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Devin Parr is a San Diego-based freelance writer and consultant specializing in wine, travel and lifestyle. In addition to covering the global wine industry, she is the resident expert in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, serving as the region’s ambassador on behalf of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. She holds a certification in wine expertise from the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, as well as the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma. In 2017, she was named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers. Follow her adventures at @thesocalwinegal and www.devinparr.com.

FAQs

What is the number one winery in Temecula? ›

Falkner Winery is one of the top wineries in Temecula because of its wonderful valley views and tours. The owners are passionate about wine-making and enjoy sharing their knowledge with visitors. Their specialties are Tuscan and Mediterranean-style varietals. They also make an excellent Super Tuscan called “Amante.”

Can you walk between wineries in Temecula? ›

Q: Does a winery tour including a walk through the vineyards? Some wineries do offer walking tours through the vineyards, both guided and on your own.

How many days do you need in Temecula? ›

Three to five days is ideal to relax and explore everything there is to do and see in Temecula Valley. Palm Springs, San Diego, and Orange Country are about a 60-minute drive, and Los Angeles is about 90 minutes away if you want to make Temecula your hub.

Are Temecula wineries worth visiting? ›

Conveniently located just an hour's drive from San Diego and Orange County, Temecula Valley is home to over 40 wineries that produce 500,000 cases annually. With welcoming tasting rooms and plenty of diverse wine to be had (the region grows over 50 different types of varietals), Temecula is a destination worth noting.

How much does it cost to go to a winery in Temecula? ›

Most Temecula wineries charge $15 to $20 per person to taste. Figure a couple will go to 6 wineries and that's easily $200 bucks in tasting fees.

What wine is Temecula known for? ›

Temecula Valley is particularly well-suited to growing Italian, Spanish, and French grapes such as Sangiovese, Syrah, Montepulciano, Viognier, and Zinfandel and Tempranillo.

Do you tip when wine tasting? ›

Even though it's not typically expected, at most wineries and tasting rooms, tips are always appreciated. Especially if you've had a great experience, tasted more wines than you expected to, or are with a large group, tipping your pourer is typically considered a lovely gesture.

Is there a dress code for wine tasting? ›

Dressy is Better Than Casual

In other words, dress for the occasion. That doesn't mean you have to wear heels and a dress or a suit and tie. In fact, a nice floral dress and a pair of sandals or a pair of dark-wash jeans and a polo or dress shirt are all you need to look great and fit right in at most wineries.

What should I bring to a wine tasting? ›

To get the most out of any wine tour, it's a good idea to do some basic planning to make sure you head out the door prepared.
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What to Wear on a Tour
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Plenty of layers.
  • Dark colors, especially if you're concerned about spilling.
  • Easy-to-walk-in shoes.
  • A pair of sunglasses.
Sep 29, 2020

How do I spend a day in Temecula? ›

Your Temecula Valley Bucket List
  1. Ride a hot air balloon.
  2. Go horseback riding.
  3. Blend your perfect bottle with a wine blending experience.
  4. Pamper yourself at one of Temecula Valley's spas.
  5. Enjoy a tasting and take a cooking class with Temecula Olive Oil Company.
  6. Play golf at one of their six golf courses.
Jul 19, 2021

Is it worth going to Temecula? ›

Think about it: With virtually year-round sunshine, warm temperatures, cool nights, and relatively little rainfall, not to mention quality wines, unique wine-tasting experiences, and the relaxed vibe that is synonymous with Southern California, Temecula Valley should be added to your list of wine destinations to visit, ...

How many wineries are in Temecula? ›

The Temecula Valley is Southern California's Wine Country. Nearly 50 wineries populate the region's rolling hills and sprawling valleys producing a variety of wines, including award-winning and artisan Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Are Temecula wines any good? ›

Temecula Valley wines have been rated, most often by Wine Enthusiast. The publication has reviewed 80 Temecula wines in the last two years with nearly half the wines receiving scores of 90 points or higher, “which is a decent showing,” Kettmann said.

Where can I watch the sunset in Temecula? ›

Temecula Valley is known for its majestic sunsets that are seen and photographed from just about anywhere. However, pink and orange skies are most often taken at Avensole Winery and Callaway Winery.

Does Temecula have a downtown? ›

Located in the heart of Temecula, the Old Town district blends historic buildings with antique dealers, unique shopping, and restaurants.

Who owns Europa Winery Temecula? ›

Dan Stephenson

Does Wilson Creek serve beer? ›

A full wine list, beer, beverages, and amazing wine slushies are available. For those who wish to enjoy small bites or lunch throughout the property, the Courtyard Bar & Grill offers a limited food menu.

What is the oldest winery in Temecula? ›

Callaway Winery, near the Rancho California Road entrance to Wine Country, is the oldest commercial winery, started by textiles magnate Ely Callaway in the early 1970s.

What does Temecula mean in English? ›

The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” – “temet” meaning “sun” and “-ngna” which means “place of”. The Spanish interpreted and spelled the word as “Temecula” translated to mean “Where the sun breaks through the mist”.

What is the best wine region in California? ›

Napa Valley is the superstar of the California wine world, making it one of the top destinations for a California honeymoon.

Can two people share a wine tasting? ›

Tip #4: Consider sharing

While it might feel weird to request a single glass for you and a friend, it's completely appropriate to share tastings. Just know that the standard tasting room pour is one ounce. The average tasting is 5 – 6 wines or roughly 1 wine glass per visit.

Do you spit at wine tastings? ›

If it is a formal tasting, you will almost certainly be required to spit into an individual or communal spittoon. It's natural to be a little nervous about spitting in public, so I'd recommend practising privately at home first to get the hang of it.

What do you say at a wine tasting? ›

Do say: “I can see it's a vibrant purple, this must be a young red”. Don't say: “Look at the legs! This must be a great wine”. This is one of the most crucial parts of wine tasting, because the aromas, perceived only through the nose, are a vital part of our appreciation of a wine.

Can I wear jeans to a winery? ›

Yes! Jeans are acceptable year-round – we call it wine country casual (for women — sundresses, blouses and skirts, nice jeans, wedges, sandals, etc.; for men – golf shirts, khaki pants, nice jeans, dressier shorts, stylish sneakers, boat shoes, etc.).

What do you wear to a wine tasting in Temecula? ›

Just like any other time of year, wear comfortable footwear. You'll be walking and on your feet, a lot so wear flat shoes or shoes with a thick stacked heel. This type of shoe is best for days filled with wine tasting and tours. Make sure to bring a comfortable and warm sweater.

What is dressy casual? ›

Dressy casual attire (also called smart casual) is a combination of relaxed and refined pieces—think blouses, dress shirts, button-downs, dress pants, dark jeans, and clean shoes.

What shoes do you wear to a winery? ›

Recommended shoes include wedge sandals, flat dress shoes or stylish boots. (See below gallery for photos.) If you're going to a winery where walking through the vineyard is part of the experience—which is becoming more common, especially in Sonoma County—leave the stillettos at home and wear flat, close-toed shoes.

How much do you tip a wine tour guide? ›

Most satisfied guests tip in the 15-20% range of the tour fee.

What snacks do you eat with wine? ›

Wine Pairing Snacks – What Snacks Go With Wine?
  • Animal Crackers and Riesling. Classic and brilliant. ...
  • Popcorn and Chardonnay. ...
  • Toaster Pastries and Fizzy Rosé ...
  • Pistachios and Pinot Noir. ...
  • Corn Chips and Cabernet Sauvignon. ...
  • Mini Cupcakes and Moscato. ...
  • Fruit Snacks and Fizzy Sangria. ...
  • PB&J Sandwich and Fizzy Crisp White.
Apr 1, 2018

What is there to do in Temecula if you don't drink? ›

8 Best Things to Do in Temecula, CA Other Than Wine Tasting
  • Old Town tasting tour. Tasting tours seem to be Temecula's specialty, but they're not limited to wine. ...
  • Gem mining. ...
  • Sugarplum Farm. ...
  • Alpaca Hacienda. ...
  • Axe throwing. ...
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino. ...
  • Horseback riding. ...
  • Hot air balloon ride.
Feb 3, 2020

Why is Temecula famous? ›

Temecula is well known for its championship golf courses, a climate perfect for serene and beautiful hot-air ballooning adventures, and award-winning wineries nestled in 3,000 acres of picturesque wine country, but that's just the beginning.

Where can I watch hot air balloons in Temecula? ›

Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight

See the sunrise from one of the most impressive vantage points—the sky—during this Temecula hot-air balloon flight. Take off from Vindemia Winery with an FAA-licensed pilot, and soar above citrus groves vineyards.

Is Temecula beautiful? ›

Temecula, California, is a gorgeous, must-visit spot north of San Diego. This is a wine-making country — there are more than 40 local wineries — but there are plenty of things to do here beyond touring the wineries and going to wine tastings.

Is Temecula a wine region? ›

Temecula Valley is a remarkably beautiful wine region of rolling hills, with high mountains, reaching as high as 11,500 feet, forming the backdrop. Vineyard plantings range from 1500 to 2500 feet above sea level, with daytime temperatures modified by cooling ocean breezes flowing over the coastal range to the west.

How many wine tastings equal a glass? ›

Six tasting samples of 1 oz. each would be the equivalent of a 6-oz. glass of wine.

How far is Temecula from the ocean? ›

Just over the Coastal Mountain Range to the west of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, a distance of just 22 miles is the Pacific Ocean.

How big is Temecula wine country? ›

Temecula Valley Wine Country spans more than 33,000 acres – the largest viticultural area in Southern California – yet is one of the state's best-kept secrets. First planted in 1968, the region is now home to nearly 50 wineries, from boutique to large-production, rustic to modern.

What wine is Montepulciano? ›

Montepulciano is a classic, Italian wine grape and one of the most wide widely planted grapes in the country. The grape makes deeply red wines and is adaptable to traditional or modern winemaking styles. Montepulciano makes the famous wine Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, the rustic, medium-bodied red wine of central Italy.

What is considered wine country in California? ›

Napa Valley wine country is located in Northern California, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. With more than 400 wineries, Napa Valley is known for world-class wine, as well as beautiful countryside and near perfect weather year-round.

Is harveston lake open to the public? ›

The Harveston Lake is a nice place to take a walk. There is a playground, opportunities for fishing, rental boats and a Little Free Library. It is open to the public, you don't have to live there.

Where can I watch the sunset in Murrieta CA? ›

Best beautiful views in Murrieta, California
  • Bear Valley Park. 3.8 mi. Parks. ...
  • Lake Oak Meadows. 9.4 mi. ...
  • Harveston Lake Park. 2.5 mi. ...
  • Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation. 4.6 mi. ...
  • Rose Haven Heritage Garden. 6.7 mi. ...
  • Santa Margarita River Trail. 10.5 mi. ...
  • Crane Lakeside Park. 12.2 mi. ...
  • Los Alamos Hills Sports Park. 1.9 mi.

What time are the fireworks in Temecula? ›

Fireworks start at 9pm sharp. Food Vendors and Kids Fun Zone. Handicap parking is limited and first come, first serve. Arrive early to secure a parking spot.

What is there an Old Town Temecula? ›

Old Town Temecula combines the region's storied past and its exciting up-and-coming future in a unique blend of shops, restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and event opportunities in one walkable, easy-to-navigate hub for visitors to explore.

How many wineries are in Temecula? ›

The Temecula Valley is Southern California's Wine Country. Nearly 50 wineries populate the region's rolling hills and sprawling valleys producing a variety of wines, including award-winning and artisan Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Are Temecula wines any good? ›

Temecula Valley wines have been rated, most often by Wine Enthusiast. The publication has reviewed 80 Temecula wines in the last two years with nearly half the wines receiving scores of 90 points or higher, “which is a decent showing,” Kettmann said.

How old are the wineries in Temecula? ›

Missionaries were the first winemakers in Temecula

Mission vineyards were established in the area as early as 1820. The first commercial vineyards in the Temecula Valley didn't start development until the 1960s, with the first winery, Callaway Vineyard and Winery, opening in 1974.

How many wineries are in Paso Robles? ›

There are more than 200 wineries, most of which are family owned and operated businesses. Wineries are located throughout the region and a majority of them have regular tasting room hours. Visiting Paso Robles allows you to experience the diversity of wines found in the area and meet the personalities behind the label.

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