My girlfriends and I are trying to put together a weekend wine tasting trip to Temecula. We've found some deals for one-hour tastings at various vineyards, but we'd love to do an all-day tour (without breaking the bank). Any recommendations for affordable wine tours, as well as restaurants and places to stay in Temecula? Thanks!
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- Swing Inn Cafe28676 Old Town Front St., Temecula, CA 92590recommended Swing Inn CafeNot the most amazing place to eat, but for a filling diner-style country breakfast before you head out into the vineyards to do some wine tasting, it'll fit the bill. The cafe is inside one of Old ... read moreTown Temecula's frontier Wiestern-style wooden storefronts and it's always crowded on weekends mornings, so get here early.Recommended for:Family Travelers.Comment.11 months ago. Report
- South Coast Winery Resort & Spa34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591recommended South Coast Winery Resort & SpaWhile Temecula is no Napa, it's still a lovely place. My cousin had his wedding at this winery, and it was beautiful. It's not only a winery, but a resort as well, and it's so huge that when we ... read morearrived, we were shuttled from the parking lot to the Rose Arbor where the ceremony was held. It had a stunning view of the vineyard below. We got to check out the inside of the large villa just steps away, where some relatives were staying. It was bigger than my house! The dinner reception was held in the grand banquet room, which held about 250 guests. Unfortunately, by the time the ceremony was over, the tasting room was closed, so we didn't get to check it out. However, we were able to enjoy a few of the wines at the reception. The Sauvingnon Blanc was my favorite. We were really impressed with the food. All the adults enjoyed a Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breast with a Chardonnay Beurre Blanc topped with Wild Mushroom Confit, while the kids had chicken strips and mac 'n' cheese. I don't know how much a wedding like this cost, but I'm sure it must have cost a pretty penny. It's definitely a wonderful location to have a dream vineyard wedding!Recommended for:
- Wilson Creek Winery35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CArecommended Wilson Creek WineryFor a little different taste of Champagne, this huge winery has a famous Almond Champagne. Definitely a must try if you like Almonds or some other fun port flavors. They have great wines and a very ... read morenice vineyard. Even a restaurant now with food. Again, they host weddings and events here, so the property if fairly large. Enjoy!Recommended for:
- Leonesse Cellars38311 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592-8923recommended Leonesse CellarsMy favorite Winery in Temecula. I'm surprised I'm the first to review. This awesome place has amazing wines. The property is also so beautiful and they even allow weddings here. With the tastings, you ... read moreget lots of great wines to taste. You can even upgrade for more if you like. The last one is usually a port, which I love. They even give you a little chocolate to help compliment it. Weddings are beautiful here, they have an outdoor area above the vineyards to get married on. Then your reception can be in the barrel room which is beautiful as well. Nice big rooms to get ready in for the Bride and Groom. Awesome Venue, awesome staff.Recommended for:Nathan Nowack
One of my favorites
recommended South Coast Winery ResturantGreat winery to spend the day with.... its a little pricy but the grounds are amazing. The tasting staff is really friendly and takes time to explain the wines. The wine are towards the sweet side but ... read morestill very good. We loved it so much we decided to join the wine club!Recommended for:
- Ponte Winery35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CArecommended Ponte WineryThe strategy when visiting Ponte should be placing name on wait list at the reataurant and then head to the tasting room for wine tasting. To be honest, the wine at Ponte was not as memorable as the ... read morefantastic tasing room staff, its beautiful grounds and the food at the restaurant. Nevertheless, Ponte is worth a visit when in the San Diego area for the Temecula appellation wines.Recommended for:Mel S Wong
Hello Erin K, you might consider the restaurant at the Ponte Winery. The grounds quite nice and the tour/tasting at the winery (if you have time) is quite informative and pleasant as well. enjoy your your girls weekend!
recommended TemeculaLots of wineries to choose from - can't really speak about price. Ponte and Thorton have very nice grounds. Wilson Creek, South Coast and Callaway probably have the most highly regarded wine in the ... read morearea, if you are dealing with any oenophilies. As for food, the wineries also have some of the best meals in town. Have had a great lunch at Callaway. For restaurants in town, there's Palumbo's, which is very nice family style Italian place that will get you out of the chain restaurant zone. And one of the most amazing food finds is a tiny Mexican taco stand called El Dorado's on Front Street next to the Ramada Inn. Really modest place but what a find! We stumbled upon this place in a late-night food run and were blown away by the simple, sublime quesadilla with refried beans. The carnitas were great, the carne asada was flavorful and everything was amazing. Lastly, if you want decent accommodations, you can splurge at one of the resort wineries. Best deals include the aforementioned Ramada - just be sure to not get a room facing the freeway.Recommended for: