Temecula Weekend Getaway
Temecula Valley is a beautiful wine region in southern California. Located not far from San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, Temecula offers a great weekend getaway. Temecula Valley is smaller than the popular Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, but has lower prices and a more intimate wine tasting experience. Follow this guide to plan the perfect Temecula weekend getaway full of wine tasting, great food, and amazing views.
When to Visit Temecula
The best time to visit Temecula is at the end of harvest season so you can experience harvest season with nicer weather. Harvest season usually falls between end of August and October. I don’t recommend visiting in July or beginning of August as it can get very hot with temperatures up to 100 degrees. The rest of the year the weather is nice, with winter being around 60 degrees.
Wine Tasting in Temecula
There are more than 40 wineries in Temecula which gives you plenty of options for wine tasting during your weekend in Temecula. Since there are so many wineries it can get hard to choose which ones to visit, so this guide will walk you through which wineries I recommend visiting during your weekend getaway in Temecula. There are a lot of great Groupon deals for food and wine tasting in Temecula to help you save money on your trip. When you purchase a Groupon deal, make sure to read the small text because some are only valid on weekdays or need to be purchased more than 24 hours in advance. When you visit a winery you don’t always have to wine taste, instead you could just purchase a glass of wine and find a nice spot to drink it and enjoy the live music and views.
Where to Stay in Temecula
There are many accommodation options for your Temecula weekend getaway. If you are looking for a hotel, most of the options are located near the Old Town and you can book with booking.com. If you want to stay on a vineyard I recommend booking a place early with Airbnb. Airbnb has many options ranging from suites to entire homes located right on a vineyard. Nothing is better than waking up with an incredible view of the vineyard hills. If you are new to Airbnb, use this Airbnb link to get $40 of your first home booking.
How to Get to Temecula
Temecula Valley is located in southern California, a short hour drive from San Diego and Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles. Temecula is also a possible as a weekend road trip from Phoenix, as a perfect escape to somewhere a little cooler. If you are not located driving distance from Temecula, the best options would be to fly into San Diego Airport or Palm Springs Airport and rent a car.
How to Get Around Temecula
Many of the wineries are near each other, so you can easily take Uber to get to the different wineries. The most you will probably need to drive is 10 minutes from the wineries on the east part to the wineries on the west part of the wine region. There is no need to do an organized tour, and often the organized tours can be more expensive than taking an Uber around and using Groupon for the wine tasting.
Temecula Weekend Itinerary
Friday: Drive to Temecula. Dinner in Old Town Temecula
Saturday: Brunch in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Farmers Market, Miramonte Winery, Wilson Creek Winery, Europa Village
Sunday: Fazeli Cellars, Oak Mountain Winery and Cave Cafe, Avensole Winery
Start your drive to Temecula after work on Friday so you don’t have to take any vacation days and only use your weekend. Getting to Temecula Friday night instead of Saturday will allow you to have a full day on Saturday to explore Temecula and go wine tasting. When you arrive you can get dinner in Old Town Temecula.
Brunch in Old Town Temecula
Start your Temecula weekend getaway exploring Temecula’s Old Town. Get ready for all the wine tasting by getting a good brunch. E.A.T Marketplace is a great brunch spot with lots of good food and drinks. From here you can walk over to the farmers market.
Temecula Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 8 am to 12:30 you can enjoy Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town Temecula. Here you can find 70-80 vendors selling an array of items including baked goods, plants, fruit, vegetables, crafts, and more. Everything is really fresh and there are a lot of great food vendors. Visiting the Temecula Farmers Market was one of the highlights of our weekend in Temecula.
Whenever we go to a new wine region, we always like to do one tour. We decided to do our tour at Miramonte Winery. There is a great Groupon deal for the tour and tasting that is usually more than 50% off the normal price. This is a great place to tour to start your weekend getaway in Temecula. You walk around the property and the guide explains the wine making process with you, while also providing wine tastings throughout the tour. The guide also offers to take a picture for you next to the vineyard with a nice view. After walking around the property, they take you upstairs to a nice table that is already setup with food pairings and you do an additional wine tasting. You also get to take the wine glass home with you. If you are not interested in a tour, Miramonte Winery also has wine tasting and the option of just purchasing a glass or bottle to drink on their nice patio.
Wilson Creek Winery
Wilson Creek Winery is a family-owned winery and one of the most popular and busiest wineries in Temecula. There was a lot going on when we were here including a wedding and many tours and family gatherings. At Wilson Creek Winery you can wine taste between 10 am and 5 pm for $20/person for 5 tastes and also get a logo wine glass and $5 coupon wine bottle. If you are not a member, the wine tasting is inside and it does get crowded. Instead of wine tasting or after you are done wine tasting you can purchase a glass or a bottle at one of the bars scattered around the property and find a nice table outside to sit and enjoy the wine. You can also spend time exploring the vineyard and taking pictures.
Europa Village is a cute little winery with wine tasting and a nice patio. From 10 am to 5 pm you can wine taste for $20 per flight with 6 tastes in a large wine tasting room. There is nice patio seating outside, although a lot of the seating is reserved for members only. Europa Village has great service with people greeting you right when you walk in.
Start your Sunday wine tasting with some spicy wine. Fazeli Cellars is known for its Persian influence, and therefore the wines are very flavored and some have a spicy and peppery taste. Wine tasting starts at 11 with the last tasting at 5:30 pm. There is a nice patio with great views and a restaurant. This winery has some of the most unique wines you will taste during your weekend in Temecula. Use this Fazeli Cellars Groupon to save money on wine tasting. If you are interested in learning more about this winery, there is a Groupon for a winery tour and tasting. The tour Groupon needs to be purchased at least 24 hours beforehand and does require a reservation.
Oak Mountain Winery and Cave Cafe
Oak Mountain Winery has great views of the vineyards and a nice patio for wine tasting. It also features the Cave Cafe, which has great food and both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating provides views of the vineyard if you can find a spot closer to the edge of the patio. There is a Groupon for a cave wine tasting tour that comes with a meat and cheese plate.
Avensole Winery was the prettiest winery we visited during our Temecula weekend getaway. The property is beautiful, with a nice garden and a large water fountain. On weekends you will find live music during the day and a nice patio to sit and drink wine. Avensole Winery also has a restaurant with many food options. There is a great Groupon for wine tasting at Avensole Winery which can be used Sunday through Friday. There is another Groupon for a winery tour, tasting, and pairing package that you can use on Sunday.
Eat and Head Back Home
Finish your weekend in Temecula by getting food at one of the many restaurants in Old Town Temecula before you head back home. If Phoenix is home, you can also stop in Palm Springs on the way back to get dinner.
I hope you enjoy your Temecula weekend getaway! Let me know which winery was your favorite in the comments below.
Additional Wineries If You Have More Time
Thornton Winery: Has a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon on Sundays that you can find on their website, with wine flights ranging from $18-$26.
Falkner Winery: $20 per wine tasting flight with a $5 coupon bottle and a logo glass. Also has a restaurant called Pinnacle restaurant with great lunch options.
Lorimar Vineyards and Winery: $20 per wine tasting flight and has a restaurant.
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