The description of Visit Temecula Valley
Welcoming more than 2.6 million visitors each year, casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round getaway and vacation destination situated within southwest Riverside County. Temecula Valley is conveniently located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Each visit to this genuinely inviting, boutique destination promises a wide variety of things to experience, enhanced by the sunny, relaxed spirit synonymous with Southern California.
Located within minutes of each other are three compelling destinations to build a full, robust Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country vacation and getaway. Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino each have unique, premium varietal character that invites exploration. All are sincerely committed to the local lifestyle of celebrating the richness of the valley with others.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country invites you to savor the hundreds of award-winning wines offered by our member wineries while enjoying the irresistible charm of our friendly tasting rooms. Although times may vary, most of the wineries are open daily for visitors from 10a to 5p.
Rural in nature, sustainable in farming practices and including an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the Temecula Valley is widely recognized as the 'jewel' of Riverside County. We are centrally located just east of the I-15 freeway, and are within an hour’s drive from San Diego, Orange County or the Palm Springs area. Each of our family owned wineries are easily accessible and situated just close enough in proximity to one another to make your wine country tour a breeze.
No matter which varietal of wine you're looking for, you can probably find it here! Known for our diversity, wineries here in the Temecula Valley grow and produce over 50 different varietals of wine; from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot to Mourvedre, and Viognier to Chardonnay. Along with fabulous wines, you'll find incredible winery restaurants, intimate bed and breakfast inns, lush resorts, splendid gift shops and beautiful picnic grounds.
The wine-tasting experience in Temecula Valley is a very special, personal one, with wines reflecting the exceptional diversity of our region. Most wineries are small, all are family-owned, and it is one of the few remaining California wine regions where winery visitors are likely to run into the owner, winemaker, or other winery principals in the tasting room. While some of the wineries have impressive gift shops, others are focused primarily on their wines, giving visitors a diversity of experiences. All produce exceptional wines, each in their own style, some focusing on a very limited number of wines, while others offer a wide range of wines. The wineries of Temecula are, above all else, friendly and personable.