Photo of Temecula Valley from TVWA website.

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

Temecula, CA Wineries

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Tasting Room: 33440 La Serena Temecula, CA 92592.
Phone: 951/676-WINE;

Bella Vista Cilurzo Vineyard & Winery
41220 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/676-5250

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
32720 Rancho California Road. P.O. Box 9014, Temecula, CA 92589
Phone: 800/472-2377.

Churon Winery
33233 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-694-9071(Winery) 951-694-9070

Falkner Winery
40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-676-8231.

Filsinger Vineyards & Winery
39050 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-6363.

Hart Winery – 41300 Avenida Biona, Temecula, CA 92593
Phone: 951-676-6300

Keyways Vineyard & Winery
37338 DePortola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-7888.

Leonesse Cellars
38311 DePortola Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951/302-7601.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
34225 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951-676-1711.

Miramonte Winery
33410 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 866-Miramonte.

Mount Palomar Winery 33820 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951/676-5047

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery
40150 Barksdale Circle Temecula, CA 92591
Tel: (951) 676 7900

Ponte Family Winery
– Ponte Family Estate Winery
35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: (951) 694-8855

South Coast Winery –
34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula . CA 92591.
Phone: 866.9 WINERY

Stuart Cellars
33515 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA
Phone: 888/260-0870.

Thornton Winery
32575 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92589
Phone: 951-699-0099

VR LA Cereza Winery
34567 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-699-6961.

Wiens Family Cellars
Located 7 miles east of I-15 on Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA
Phone: 951-694-9892.

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard
35960 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: 951-699-9463.

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.
(760) 765-3267
1255 Julian Orchards Drive, P.O. Box 2094, Julian, CA  92036

Menghini Winery
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.
(760) 765-2072
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.
(760) 765-1700
2502Washington Street, Julian, CA 92036

Orfila Winery
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
(760) 765-0102
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

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.



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