Weekend Getaways and Day Trips
Fall is a season when the leaves change color and the temperatures cool down. It is also a time when we celebrate the fall harvest. Images of apples, pumpkins and autumn leaves float to the surface of our thoughts when we think of the fall harvest. We might add grapes to this list as local vintners have picked their grapes and have begun the wine making process.
There are two areas just under two hours from the Coachella Valley where you can visit to taste regional wines … Julian, CA and Temecula, CA.
In Julian, CA you can enjoy the apple harvest which occurs in October as well as taste some of the local wines grown nearby. Apple pies, anique shops, wine tasting and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails are a few of the many points of interest in Julian, CA.
Just west of Julian is the town of Temecula, CA. It has become well known as the next Napa Valley. With more than 20 wineries, several golf courses, a casino, antique shops and it’s annual Wine and Balloon Festival, Temecula has become a weekend getaway destination.
Following is a list of the wineries in Julian and Temecula. If you have a day or weekend free, check out one of these fall destinations!
Celebrate the 2009 Harvest Temecula Valley Style
The 2009 wine grape harvest in the Temecula Valley promises to be a memorable one. Grape quality is up from previous years and the crop is bountiful. Come join the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association on Nov. 7-8 for the annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting. The two-day event is a great chance to try new and unreleased wines from more than 20 wineries, taste barrel and tank samples and enjoy food that is specially paired with each wine. Buy the two-day pass before Oct. 5 and the per person cost is just $79. It goes up to $89 per person after that. Either way it’s a great way to visit nearly two-dozen award winning wineries in one weekend at a set price. For more information go to www.temeculawines.org
Temecula, CA Wineries
Baily Vineyard & Winery
Tasting Room: 33440 La Serena Temecula, CA 92592.
Phone: 951/676-WINE; www.bailywinery.com
Bella Vista Cilurzo Vineyard & Winery
41220 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/676-5250 www.cilurzowine.com
Callaway Vineyard & Winery
32720 Rancho California Road. P.O. Box 9014, Temecula, CA 92589
Phone: 800/472-2377. www.callawaywinery.com
33233 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-694-9071(Winery) 951-694-9070
40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-676-8231. www.falknerwinery.com
Filsinger Vineyards & Winery
39050 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-6363. www.filsingerwinery.com
Hart Winery – 41300 Avenida Biona, Temecula, CA 92593
Phone: 951-676-6300 www.thehartfamilywinery.com
Keyways Vineyard & Winery
37338 DePortola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-7888. www.keywayswine.com
38311 DePortola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-7601. www.leonessecellars.com
Maurice Car’rie Winery
34225 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951-676-1711. www.mauricecarriewinery.com
33410 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 866-Miramonte. www.miramontewinery.com
Mount Palomar Winery 33820 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951/676-5047 www.mountpalomar.com
Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery
40150 Barksdale Circle Temecula, CA 92591
Tel: (951) 676 7900 www.temeculawines.org
Ponte Family Winery – Ponte Family Estate Winery
35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: (951) 694-8855 www.pontewinery.com
South Coast Winery –
34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula . CA 92591.
Phone: 866.9 WINERY www.wineresort.com
33515 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA
Phone: 888/260-0870. www.stuartcellars.com
32575 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92589
VR LA Cereza Winery
34567 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-699-6961. www.temeculawines.org
Wiens Family Cellars
Located 7 miles east of I-15 on Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA
Phone: 951-694-9892. www.wienscellars.com
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard
35960 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-699-9463. www.wilsoncreekwinery.com
Julian, CA Wineries
J. Jenkins Winery
A family owned winery located in a picturesque valley overlooking Volcan Mountain. We will specialize in estate Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and apple wine.
1255 Julian Orchards Drive, P.O. Box 2094, Julian, CA 92036
Drive down a two-lane country road leading you to the local winery where you can bring a lunch and sample a variety of locally produced wines.
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
Orchard Hill Country Inn
Orchard Hill Country Inn is proud to feature regional wines for our guests. These wines include Orfila – our house wine – and La Serenissima.
2502Washington Street, Julian, CA 92036
Tasting room, gift shop, tours, events and weddings. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit our tasting room in Wynola, Art Center, French’s Antiques and Country Seasons Shops
4470 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
Witch Creek Winery
Please visit our tasting room at 2000 Main Street in the Stonewall Building. We offer a variety of high quality wines, both dry and sweet.
(760) 765-2023 (760) 720-7499
2100 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
2906 Carlsbad Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008