Few places in the world can match the splendid wine-producing environment of the Temecula Valley Wine Country of Riverside County. With a near-perfect balance of soil, water, sun and weather, the skilled artisans of Temecula Valley create wines of almost every variety that are respected the world over and sought after by connoisseurs for placing on the finest tables.
The best part of these wineries? The tasting rooms! People from all around the region and across the country flock to Temecula just to get a taste of some of the most popular wineries, which include:
- Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard: This award-winning winery produces some of the most renowned and popular wines in the state, including Almond Sparkling, Chardonnay and Cabernet.
- Briar Rose Winery: Discover storybook charm combined with enchanting scenery while you stroll through a life-size replica of the Brothers Grimm Snow White’s Cottage and some of the oldest olive trees in Southern California. Enjoy some innovative concoctions that challenge the notion of traditional wines, such as Citronier, a blend of Viognier with Meyer lemon zest, and Talking Frog wine lager, a blend of Viognier and Hefeweizen.
- Monte De Oro Winery: Some of Temecula’s finest wines spring from the grapes grown across the sun-kissed 72 acres of Monte De Oro Winery, and each year the vintners craft 125 to 180 tons, generating between 8,000 and 11,000 cases of wine that include award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.
- Oak Mountain Winery: The award-winning wines from Oak Mountain Winery re-create some of the classic Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, but with a Southern Californian twist. Even better, there are actually two wineries under a single roof, as Temecula Hills Winery and Oak Mountain Winery both offer their unique tastings in one convenient location.
There are almost as many ways to enjoy Temecula Valley’s Wine Country as there are grapes in a vineyard. No matter what your style or taste, you won’t have to wander too far to find just what you’re looking for, because the sheer concentration and variety of wine tasting in Riverside County can make a sommelier out of the most amateur wine aficionado.
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