Just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Desert and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has a sunny, relaxed spirit.

Derived from the region’s largest Native American ancestral village, the name Temecula has come to mean “land where the sun shines through the mist.” It’s a perfect name for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, a region where the rolling hills framed by a mountain ridge are routinely kissed by morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon breezes, and cooler nights. One of the many delightful things about this 32- square-mile valley is its proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, and Orange County. It’s easy to get there and easy to relax in the spirit synonymous with Southern California. Temecula Valley deserves to be discovered, with 40-plus wineries, overnight accommodations ranging from luxury to low-key, and an exciting variety of premium varietals and proprietary blends that have earned more than 5,000 national and international awards!

INSIDE SCOOP Serious wine lovers know to visit mid-week, when the odds of meeting the winemaker, being treated to a barrel sample, or enjoying an extended winery tour run high.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY The Temecula Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) is part of the South Coast AVA, the largest AVA in Southern California. Planted at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 feet above sea level in granite-based loam soils, the vineyards yield winegrapes with clean, pure varietal flavor.
First-time visitors are enthralled with the quality and diversity of the wines and the friendly and welcoming reception they receive at each winery they visit. In fact, 13 wineries feature gourmet restaurants where guests can immerse themselves in the pleasures of seasonal foods paired with excellent wines while they admire beautiful Temecula Valley views.

DOWNTOWN OLD TOWN TEMECULA This lively entertainment, dining, and shopping district looks like an old town, but it is anything but! Visitors flock to Downtown Old Town Temecula for its special events, nightlife and entertainment, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and wine bars, and boutiques.

PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO As one of the largest casinos in the nation, the AAA Four Diamond Pechanga Resort & Casino is one of Southern California’s most popular venues for gaming, concerts, and entertainment. Journey at Pechanga Golf Course is widely recognized as one of California’s finest golf courses.

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