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Temecula Winery Visits

Temecula Winery Visits

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Our First Stop was at Hart Winery where we sampled five of their wines. Click Here
to read the reviews. Hart is a small producer and the first one you will come to as
you head out Rancho California Road. Hart has been producing wine in Temecula
since 1974. Today they produce about 5000 cases of wine annually. 

The tasting room is small, and the atmosphere is friendly and the staff knowledgeable
Concentrating on Rhone Varietals they consistently win medals and accolades for
producing high quality wines. 

This stop was done early in the day between the two vineyard tours. The valley wasn't crowded yet and if you can taste before 10am, it was a good place to start. This tasting
room is the first to open its doors at 9:30am.

After the 2nd vineyard tour we stopped at Keyways Winery. Keyways is another of the boutique wineries in the area. Production has increased in the last couple years bringing
them up to about 5000 cases of wine a year. This year, under new owner Don Frangipani's direction, Keyways looks to continue bringing estate-grown offerings to the valley. Off the beaten path Keyways is a stop one should make. The tasting room is large and filled with
interesting wine accessories and antiques. The staff was friendly and don't forget the
chocolate chips with the Zinfandel Port
We have reviewed
several of their offerings - Click Here 
Heading back out to Rancho California Road, our next stop was at Wilson Creek Winery .
At Wilson Creek we found a very friendly tasting room staff, and were even invited to a
back room where we enjoyed two barrel samples as well.
Click Here for reviews of the
wines sampled. Our visit was actually on owners Gerry and Rosie Wilson's 50th wedding
anniversary. Both were there busy as usual.

Wilson Creek has a large tasting room with 2 long tasting bars that were crowded with 
visitors this day. They offer many unique gift and gourmet food items for sale as well.
Outside, the gardens are extensive and host many weddings under the gazebo

Lunch was at the newly opened Ponte Family Estate Winery  in The Smokehouse Caf.
The menu ranges from Salads to Wood Fired Pizzas to Grilled Ahi to a Full Rack of St.
Louis Pork Ribs. We sat outside on the patio where lunch for two ran about $25.

The tasting room was the largest of the those visited this day, with many gourmet and gift
items for sale. Modern and newly opened it was extremely busy and we opted to save the tasting for another visit.

Finally our day ended with a quick stop at the Miramonte Winery, another of the newer
wineries, opening in 2001. Be sure to take a look at the etched bottles that adorn the
walls of the tasting room. They are produced by the winery's sister company,
Celebration Cellars, and actually made on site for individual and corporate customers.
To read the reviews of Miramonte's Wines
Click Here
Steve Cukrov - Editor (date of visits 08/03/03)  << Back to Article 


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