What to do and see in Temecula, California (CA): The Best Things to do Good for a Rainy Day

October 24, 2021 Renato Branum

Located about an hour north of San Diego, Temecula is the home of more than 30 wineries, which offer tasting rooms and private tours. Seasonal festivals and vibrant nightlife will keep the fun alive at any time year, or any time of day. Gambling lovers won't want to miss the Pechanga Resort and Casino. If shopping is your thing, take a look at some of the area's exquisite boutiques, or stock up on local olive oils at the Temecula Olive Oil Company.
Restaurants in Temecula

1. Hart Winery

41300 Avenida Biona, Temecula, CA 92591-5014 +1 951-676-6300 [email protected] http://www.vinhart.com
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Hart Winery

Founded in 1980, family owned and operated Hart Winery is one of Temecula Valley's oldest wineries, and produces boutique wines of exceptional quality. Nestled on the western edge of the Temecula Valley, Hart Winery capitalizes on the soil and climate at 1,500 feet above sea level to produce premium estate grown Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.

Reviewed By Bmblack11

Hart Winery was great! My husband and I have been trying to find a winery in Temecula that we enjoy the ambiance and will revisit. Our last time visiting, we found Hart. After a really crappy experience at Churon, we drove up through the prettiest vineyard and were told we could find a table. Instantly I knew I would like it, they played some 70s and 80s music and I noticed they offered a discount for military. So kind! The wine tasting was fairly priced and the wine was perfect. Each one was unique to the grape and the Hart's put in enough care to explain the grapes used and where they were from in Tememcula if they weren't from their own Estate. We were allowed to bring in our own snacks, which I thought was really something! Most places force you to buy what they are selling. We stayed for a couple hours and the guy who served us was so kind and helpful! We will be coming back and I will recommend this winery to all of my family and friends.

2. Ponte Winery

35053 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591-4008 +1 951-694-8855 [email protected] http://www.pontewinery.com/
Excellent
61%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Ponte Winery

OPEN FOR CURBSIDE PICK-UP ONLY. Located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country, Ponte Winery sits on nearly 300 acres of vineyards. The winery offers guests a relaxing “Day in the Country” experience, with its spacious rustic-style tasting room, al fresco dining and elegant Italian gardens. Visitors can enjoy tours of the winemaking process, participate in special events like the Annual Grape Stomp Festival, or work with the winery’s event planners to create an exceptional wine country wedding or other group event. The Tasting Room is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tastings include 6 pours, and are $20 per person Wednesday – Friday, and $25 per person Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Guests arriving in a Limo or Bus must have a confirmed Limo Reservation to enter the winery between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Reviewed By rustied - Portland, United States

My brother and his wife took my partner and me here for my birthday. Visiting sunny California is what this vineyard is all about. The service was excellent! The white wine I ordered was a sweet nectar from the gods themselves. It paired excellently with my food, which was the sea, a pasta dish with tons of seafood in a light cream sauce. Delicious! In fact the burger my partner had did not last long on his plate! Everything was great. We told the waitress that it was my birthday and my sister in law's and they brought out a really nice dish of ice cream covered in carmel sauce and shaved chocolate. It was all so very great!

3. Wiens Family Cellars - Winery

35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA 92592-8022 +1 951-694-9892 [email protected] http://www.wienscellars.com
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Wiens Family Cellars - Winery

Wiens Family Cellars is a Temecula winery located 7 miles East of the 15 on Rancho California Road in Temecula, Southern California. Wiens is especially known for their quality red wines, "Big Reds". When planning your trip to the Temecula wineries make sure to visit Wiens for a tour, wine tasting, and a picnic on our patio.

Reviewed By Smittyapolis - Tustin, United States

This is hidden gem down the road away from the more "commercial" wineries. I brought my dad here for his birthday and both we walked away having thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The reds, as it advertises, are truly exceptional - bold, linear, lots of rich fruit flavors. But the whites are quite delightful - very well-rounded with a variety of floral, fruity and creamy notes depending on your selection. This place is more intimate and you can enjoy a more in-depth conversation with your server, as opposed to some other place that will take your tickets and get you in-and-out. Wiens is fantastic, don't pass it by.

4. Cougar Vineyard & Winery

39870 De Portola Rd, Temecula, CA 92592-8863 +1 951-491-0825 [email protected] http://www.cougarvineyards.com
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

We specialize in 100% Estate Italian varietals. All our wines are produced at the winery. We currently farm approximately 17 family acres. Join us next time you go to Temecula wine tasting for some of the best selection of Italian varietals around.

Reviewed By cgb56 - Houston, United States

Really enjoyed our visit and tasting of some wonderful Italian wines. Susan was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend and will definitely return!

5. Wilson Creek Winery

35960 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591-5088 +1 951-699-9463 [email protected] http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 862 reviews

Wilson Creek Winery

Wilson Creek Winery is warm and friendly, comfortable yet exhilarating, simple yet elegant, all inspirations from the Estate wines, vineyards and Mount Palomar in the distance. The Wilson family all join together to make your wine country experience an enjoyable one, one that you will remember! Home of the famous "Almond Sparkling Wine", Wilson Creek offers world-class wines, corporate event facilities, beautiful wedding venues, fun tasting room, wine club and Creekside Grille for vineyard view dining. Be sure to say “Hello” to one of the Wilson family, as they are always around the winery!

Reviewed By lma55806 - Duluth, United States

We really enjoyed our stop here, staff was awesome and super friendly, great wine, very nice facility and grounds,we especially liked the flavored sparkling wines and actually ordered some for the holidays once we got home,

6. Leoness Cellars

38311 De Portola Rd, Temecula, CA 92592-8923 +1 951-302-7601 [email protected] http://www.leonesscellars.com/Wine-Tasting-Tours
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 482 reviews

Leoness Cellars

Reviewed By tammieh2014 - Dresser, United States

This was our third time visiting Leoness Cellars. The first time back in 2018 I became a member, and have enjoyed getting their wines shipped to my home every quarter! For this “girls weekend” visit, we arranged a private tasting. Our private host was Jamison, ably assisted and “shadowed” by Sarina. Wow — we learned so much and tasted so many great wines! Jamison really knows his stuff and told us many interesting facts about wine, the history of the wine industry in Temecula, etc. I really enjoyed every single wine we tasted, and the four of us ended up buying a case! The views are the best in Temecula also, so after our private tasting, we enjoyed a glass of wine, really wonderful Brussels sprouts, and the truffle oil fries out on the member’s terrace. Can’t wait to go back next year!

7. Doffo Winery

36083 Summitville St, Temecula, CA 92592-8349 +1 951-676-6989 [email protected] http://www.doffowines.com/
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Doffo Winery

Reviewed By V907EVmichaelo - San Diego, United States

Had the great pleasure of visiting Doffo Winery today. My brother and sister-in-law were here in San Diego for several days visiting my wife and I before he had to go to a conference. I scheduled a trip to the Temecula Wine Country for us and our first and best stop was at Doffo. First off the decor is killer awesome! Vintage motorcycles and and great things are there to see. Melody greeted us like we were old friends and was just super helpful throughout our time there. Thank you Melody, you are wonderful! While we were there we were lucky enough to meet Damian and what a great guy! Earlier this summer my wife and I spent a week up in Napa and Paso Robles, where some pretty great wines are made. Let say this; Napa and Paso Robles wineries nothing over Doffo. Every wine we tasted we not only enjoyed but were pleasantly surprised at how outstanding each one was. Our favorite one is "Lucca". Not only is it amazing but it is the name of our youngest grandson whose mother grew up across the boarder from Argentina in Chile. We are without doubt join the legacy wine club. The rest of the time in the Temecula Wine Country was very nice, but Doffo stood out by far. Temecula has a great future ahead of it with wineries such as Doffo producing such outstanding wines.

8. Temecula Valley Museum

28314 Mercedes St, Temecula, CA 92590-1837 +1 951-694-6450 http://www.temeculavalleymuseum.org/
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Temecula Valley Museum

Reviewed By michaelnG7528TH

Located int he heart of Old Town you will see where Earl Stanly Gardner wrote his Perry Mason Novels, learn about the real old west, see where the 1960's tv show the invaders was filmed and much much more

9. Lorimar Vineyards and Winery

39990 Anza Rd, Temecula, CA 92591-5005 +1 951-694-6699 [email protected] http://www.lorimarwinery.com
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Lorimar Vineyards and Winery

What began as a long-time dream for Brother-in-laws Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield, came to fruition with the opening of Lorimar Vineyards and Winery. In fact, the name Lorimar itself was formed by combining Lawrie and Mark's first names. Lorimar's Old Town location was opened in 2009 while the Wine Country property was under construction. Featuring breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains, Lorimar features live music on the sunset patio every weekend all year long. Guests will also enjoy relaxing by the stone fireplace surrounded by a living art gallery, filled with works from many local artists. Balanced with warm sunny days and cool nights, the vines flourish and produce excellent fruit in our climate. The soil composition of decomposed granite and clay drains well and is ideal for retaining moisture reserves deep below the surface roots. "Our goal is to create a Fusion of Wine, Art, Music and Food"

Reviewed By Sherstur - Williamstown, United States

Our first time in Temecula, we had a lot of fun at this winery. There was live music playing on a Thursday afternoon. We did not do a tasting but had a tasty lunch with drinks. I enjoyed the sauvignon blanc with the fromage plate. My friend, a pinot grigio lover, had the vineyard blend wine recommended by the waitress. The guys had Octoberfest beers and we split a goat cheese and fig flatbread and chicken salad sandwich. All were delicious. The fromage plate was an especially good value with beautifully veined cheeses, grapes, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and an entire sleeve of wheat crackers. We would return if in the area.

10. Danza del Sol Winery

39050 De Portola Rd, Temecula, CA 92592-8833 +1 951-302-6363 [email protected] http://www.danzadelsolwinery.com
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Danza del Sol Winery

Danza del Sol Winery is located on the beautiful De Portola Wine Trail and offers you a unique and personal wine tasting experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the Temecula Valley Wine Country. Danza del Sol Winery is excited to share with you its revamped wine tasting room and inviting outdoor patio that combine both simplicity and elegance paired nicely with our hand-crafted wines. To accompany this great atmosphere and the elegant selection of wines, the views from the patio of Danza del Sol Winery are wonderful, and really capture the true essence of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Reviewed By 294dannyv - Carlsbad, United States

We come to Temecula on a regular basis with various friends. We always spend lunch time at Danza Del Sol to have a Pic Nic. The set up is just perfect for that; Nice patio area, fantastic wine & cozy atmosphere. We always get a full glass to have with our cheese and pâté. I love their Chardonnay, my wife always go for their great Meritage.

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