Temecula Valley between Riverside and San Diego along I-15 is Southern California’s wine region. The Temecula viticultural area (AVA) was established in 1984 and currently has 1,300 acres of vines planted. During much of the 19th century, Southern California was the heart of the winemaking industry in California before most of the industry moved to Central and Northern California. In the late 1960’s to early 1970’s wine growing began to make a comeback in Temecula Valley, and it has been growing since that time.
The valley sits at an elevation of 1500-2500 feet above sea level with high daytime temperatures moderated by cooling ocean breezes sweeping over the coast range in the evenings. A wide range of varietals are found here, including cooler climate Chardonnays to moderate climate Cabernet Sauvignon to warm climate Syrah and Sangiovese.
The weekends in Temecula Valley can be busy as the wine lovers in Southern California swarm to the valley to sample the great selection of award-winning wines. The wineries are friendly with staff ready to help you select the wines you desire. Visiting the wineries is easy following the loop up Rancho California Road and crossing over to De Portola Road. The town of Temecula has some nice restaurants and lodging.
For tickets to World of Wine Weekend contact the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association.
For more information: Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association