Most wine enthusiasts know the award-winning wines of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. But the Temecula Valley, located between San Diego and Los Angeles, is another wine region in California worth visiting. Temecula means “land of the sun and fog” and the valley gets its proper name because it enjoys warm (not hot) days and night sea mists that travel 22 miles from the Pacific through mountain passes and fill the valley with fog. humid.
The result: excellent wine grape growing conditions that have attracted more than 40 great winemakers who now produce memorable wines.
Starting with pioneers like Joe Hart, of Hart wineries, which dates back to 1970, Temecula wine producers have been buying surfaces, planting grapes and making wines at a steady pace. Their wines are so popular locally that virtually all of the valley’s production is consumed in the valley’s tasting rooms, nearby restaurants and members of the wine clubs offered by most wineries. Specializing in rhone-style varieties such as Syrah, Vigonier, Petit Syrah and “heat” grapes such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the valley’s producers have taken advantage of the well-drained soils in the area to produce wines. amazing.
One of the highlights was at the Baily winery, where winemaker Phil Baily provided us with a “library tasting” of several Cabernet Sauvignon vintages, showing how their wines have matured over the years.
We also enjoyed the spectacular views and the Callaway Winery restaurant and a variety of memorable vintages at the Robert Renzoni, Leoness Cellars, Monte De Oro Winery, Wilson Creek Winery and Wiens Family Cellars vineyards.
Before you leave
For a list of wineries and area attractions and self-guided tour suggestions, visit temeculawines.org/visittemeculavalley.com/ and temecula.winecountry.com.
Los Angeles Ontario Airport is 80 km away and San Diego Lindbergh Field is 60 km south. Amtrak and suburban trains serve Oceanside, about 22 miles away, and Interstate 15 crosses the Temecula Valley.
How to move
While you can reach the wineries by car, use one of the many excursion and limousine services that will allow you to enjoy the scenery and wine without having to worry about driving while intoxicated. For options, see temeculawines.org/plan-your-trip/transportation.php
When you are there
If you have two or three days
The must-sees for a short trip are:
The old town of Temecula, with its restaurants and shops. We loved the Mad Madeline burgers.
Visiting several wineries.
If you have several days
In addition to the above:
Visit Oceanside, nearby, on the Pacific coast. From there, take a Coaster Commuter train to San Diego and explore the boardwalk and downtown.
Take a hot air balloon ride at dawn or dusk through the valley. See temeculawines.org/plan-your-trip/activities.php
Visit more wineries.
Try your luck at the nearby Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Temecula at a glance
Mobility level: When visiting the winery, people of all mobility levels work well.
Travel Considerations for Seniors: None. Temecula can be enjoyed by people of all ages and is an ideal destination for travelers over 50 years old.
When to Go: With its evergreen warm days and cool nights, Temecula is a great place to visit all year round. To avoid congestion in the cellars or in the old town, visit them during the week.
Where to stay: The area has many national hotel resorts and franchises.
Special interests for travel: wine.
Jewish life in Temecula, Murrieta
Temecula has attracted many new residents, including Jews. The fairly small Jewish community in the valley has about 5,000 inhabitants, many of whom move from near San Diego and Los Angeles. They played an important role in the history and figure of the area prominently in their civic and economic life.
Jewish houses of worship include Chabad of the Temecula Valley, jewishtemecula.com, the Havurim Reformed Congregation (havurim.org) and the B’nai Chaim Congregation (bnai-chaim.org). The Havurim congregation and B’nai Chaim have teamed up to form a new Jewish community center. Beth Sholom Congregation is a conservative group that does not have a permanent house of worship.