Our top 2 favorite wineries in Temecula Valley, CA
Been to Napa? Well, you also need to check out Temecula as you will be in for a treat! Temecula Valley California is located about 1 hr north of San Diego and 1.5 hrs from Los Angeles. You will be entering a land with over 40+ boutique wineries, picturesque scenery and mountains and delicious wines. Average tastings are much less than Napa at a range of $10-$25 for generous flights. Also, not to mention, the Southern California weather is near perfect year round. These wines as not to be found at your local Total Wine store. You can get them through visiting their winery and/or joining their wine clubs.
Ponte Estate Vineyards
We have checked out almost every winery in Temecula, CA and have narrowed our Favorites down to the Top 2. This decision was hard as there are many great wineries to visit and taste.
NumIber 1. Ponte Winery
They claim A Break from City Life with friendly experts in their tasting rooms and great wines, stunning views, and they live up to it every time we visit. The Restaurant is highly acclaimed and well worth the trip there. If you want to stay the night, you may want to reserve a room at the Ponte Inn. This beautiful Spanish Colonial style boutique hotel offers 5 star room and amenities with a cellar bar, pool and surrounding vineyards. The rose gardens are gorgeous and bloom throughout the year.
Number 2. Leoness Cellars
Their Claim, and believe it!
The Leoness wine tasting experience is outstanding! Enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the wine country. Their wines offer a variety of whites and reds with special blends of Spanish and French varietals with a handful of 90 points and above ratings.
Leoness red wine tasting flight
They also have a fabulous restaurant with great California style cuisine and the best duck french fries on the planet! Yes we have had them many times. Sustainable farming practices and crafting award-winning wines make Leoness a must visit.
Leoness Duck Fat French Fries
Other honorable mentions are Wilson Creek Winery, Southcoast Winery, Weins Family Vineyard, and Lorenzi Estates.
Photo credit: Annette Reid Blaylock