Welcome to Temecula

Temecula means ‘Place of the Sun’ in the language of the native Luiseño people, who were present when the first Spanish missionary, Father Fermín Lasuén, visited in 1797. In the 1820s the area became a ranching outpost for the Mission San Luis Rey, in present-day Oceanside. Later, Temecula became a stop on the Butterfield stagecoach line (1858–61) and the California Southern railroad.

But it’s Temecula’s late-20th-century growth that’s been most astonishing, from 2700 people in 1970 – the city didn’t get its first traffic light until 1984 – to some 106,700 residents today. Between Old Town and the wineries is an off-putting, 3-mile buffer zone of suburban housing developments and shopping centers. Ignore that and you’ll do fine.

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$299 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Temecula Wine Tasting by Hummer from Palm Springs

Your private Temecula wine tasting tour begins with hotel pickup by H1 Hummer. Enjoy the views as you depart Palm Springs and travel over the mountains, looking out on the valley’s dramatic landscape. Soon you’ll arrive in the Temecula wine country.Some of Southern California’s best wines are produced in this valley southwest of Palm Springs, thanks to its Mediterranean-like climate (warm days and cool nights). Grapes for making syrah, grenache, tempranillo and sangiovese thrive across the region’s more than 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of vineyards. Upwards of 40 wineries showcase the best of the best in upscale tasting rooms, but don’t expect a Napa vibe; Temecula is more casual than its northern counterpart, and people often pass on fine wines for the popular almond-infused sparkling wine.While the almond wine might flow, your tour focuses on classic red and white varietals at three wineries. The tour operator specializes in going to hard-to-get-into vineyards that have won 4 stars or more for their wines. Let your nose and taste buds, and the sommeliers, guide you through the differences, as you taste up to 18 wines throughout the day. Listen as your friendly, knowledgeable guide offers insider tips and information about the wines and the region.Midway through the day, relax at one of the wineries as you sit down for a leisurely lunch of sandwiches and beverages. Continue tasting wines after lunch until it’s time to head back over the mountains to Palm Springs, with drop-off at your hotel.Please note: Dress comfortably in light, layered clothing. Temperatures can vary as much as 50 degrees between the desert and the wine country.

$129 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Guided Wine Tasting Tour of Temecula

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Frangipani Estate Winery, Temecula, CaliforniaDeparting at 1 pm for wine country, the tour follows a scenic route along the De Portola Wine Trail with our engaging Destination Temecula guide sharing entertaining information about the culture of wine tasting, quirky nuances of our area, the historical significance of the valley in the development of Southern California over the last two centuries, and the reasons grape cultivation flourishes in the Temecula Valley appellation. The first stop is Frangipani Estate Vineyard and Winery, a family-owned and operated vintner specializing in bold reds, additionally offering a variety whites and blushes. Guests will marvel at the view as they sit down outdoors, weather permitting, on a covered patio overlooking a very serene valley, with Mount Palomar on the distant horizon. If the weather is inclement, guests will appreciate a protected, indoor setting. The staff offers friendly, informative table service, pouring wine samples as you sit down and relax while soaking in the incredible view. A delicious, individually packaged upscale picnic lunch is enjoyed at this first stop while engaging in stimulating conversation with your tour mates, many who often become new best friends by the end of the day! With advance notice, vegetarians and those with specific dietary needs are respectfully accommodated.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CaliforniaThe next destination is high energy, guest-centric Wilson Creek Winery, perhaps Temecula’s most popular vintner. A wide tasting roster is highlighted by their signature item, Almond Champagne! An optional vineyard and production area tour lead by your Destination Temecula guide provides those who would like to participate a fascinating behind-the-scenes experience, often highlighted by a chat on the crush pad or in the production area with the winemaker. Play your cards right and you might sample a tasting from the tanks!Free time then allows exploration of the wonderful setting for photography throughout the beautiful grounds, and purchase discounts provided to DESTINATION TEMECULA guests. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Temecula, CaliforniaFinish the afternoon with a tasting of estate grown wines, only sold on property. This beautiful, casually sophisticated setting offers stunning views of the rugged terrain surrounding our valley. Duration: 1 hour

$169 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Temecula Wine Country Tour from San Diego

There are more than 35 wineries to visit. You could easily spend days discovering everything that Temecula has to offer. The quality of their wine is made possible by its one-of-a-kind microclimate that features warm midday sun and cooling ocean breeze. Not to mention the quality of the soil that makes the valley ideal for producing award-winning wines internationally recognized by the experts.All the wineries have their own character and charm. Some of the best have an in-house restaurant where experimented chefs prepare gourmet So.Cal-inspired meals.Imagine enjoying a fresh glass of wine on a relaxing patio while gazing at the picturesque panoramic views on the vineyards.We will visit 3 wineries and get wine samples at every locations. We will also introduce you to the wine production process by going behind the scenes with an award-winning winemaker. You will learn a lot about the different varieties of grapes and wines. You wil be offered a food pairing and you will participate in a wine trivia. A group lunch will be served on a hilltop patio with a stunning 240° panoramic view.Sample itinerary of our tour : *winery are subject to change depending on the availabiltyThis is our most popular route.1. Leoness CellarsLeoness Cellars is dedicated to providing their guest with “The Perfect Wine Experience”. They will invite you to share their passion for the art of winemaking, their love of farming and living the wine country lifestyle. You will enjoy fresh fare, wine education, entertainement and enchanting panoramic vineyard views at the “Village of Dreams”.2. Falkner WineryExperience the spectacular hilltop setting of this winery. Indulge in exceptional hand crafted wines and food from the award winning Pinnacle Restaurant. Enjoy their gold medal winning wines such as their Sauvignon Blanc, Meritage-Bordeaux Blend & Syrah.3. Wilson Creek or similarThe Wilson family will make your experience one that you will never forget! You will feel the personal touch when you enter the tasting room and visit the property with one of their family member. Wilson Creek is home of the famous Almond Champagne and they are also host of elegant weddings, corporate retreats, special event and wine club. This winery is very popular with Southern Californian residents.4. One possible stop at a surprise winery or in Old Town Temecula (if time permits – tasting on your own)The tour includes : • Tour guide at all time (knowledgeable and fun) • Fun guaranteed and learning experience about Wine • Private Signature Wine sampling or similar at every stop • One behind the scenes tour explaining the wine production process varietals • Lunch at one winery.

$10 Tours & Sightseeing

Temecula Scavenger Hunt Adventure Walking Landmark Tour

The adventure begins in the heart of old town Temecula and takes you on a well-designed course among historic monuments, among great artwork and murals, down to Boot Hill and many other hidden gems. The tour requires less than 1 mile of walking, with numerous stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play, leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the old town and its scenery. Great for families, friends and those ready to have fun while seeing the city! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.

$69 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine, Beer and walking food tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Town Temecula, Temecula, CaliforniaTravelers will experience how to eat like a local, shop like a local, and eat like a local. While learning about key historical spots in Old Town Temecula.Duration: 3 hours

$69 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine, Beer, Food Tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Town Temecula, Temecula, CaliforniaWe offer an all inclusive customer experience as you sip, sample and savor Temecula's best. Unlike other tours, you will learn about Temecula's Old West Heritage and it's charm. You will experience five tasting locations and indulge yourself with tasty food samplings. On all of our food tours we educate on architectural highlights, cultural hot spots, great restaurants and shops while sampling flavors from restaurants along the way.Duration: 20 minutes