California is the leading wine producing state in the United States (making nearly 90% of all American wine), which is not surprising given the state’s mild climate, coastal influences, and diverse soils all conducive to growing grapes. From Napa Valley to Sonoma County, Monterey to Santa Barbara, California is full of renowned wine regions that attract visitors from all over the world. Though Southern California is most known for its warm weather, glistening beaches, and picturesque coastal communities, it also has its own burgeoning wine region to note: Temecula Valley.
Conveniently located just an hour’s drive from San Diego and Orange County, Temecula Valley is home to nearly 50 wineries producing grapes from 50 different varieties. From grand estates with lavish tasting rooms to modern wineries with vineyard views, here are the best Temecula wineries to visit.