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

Temecula Wine Tasting by Hummer from Palm Springs

Your guided 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

Join the adventure to explore Temecula to the fullest and engage in a true wine tasting experience! For those staying at a local hotel, the day starts with pick up from the door of your lodging property around 12:00 pm. The first stop is Old Town with time to explore the shops and galleries, purchase souvenirs, peruse for gifts, and sample gourmet delicacies. Founded in the mid 1800’s, Temecula’s history is showcased along the rustic streets. Many of shops stand in original buildings. Guests who are not staying at a hotel may prefer to meet at the Old Town office of the service provider and may choose to skip the afternoon shopping experience or save that for after the tour. Departing at 1pm for wine country in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter, the tour takes a scenic route along the De Portola Wine Trail. The engaging Destination Temecula guide shares fun information about the culture of wine tasting, the historical significance of the valley, and the reasons grape cultivation flourishes in the Temecula Valley appellation. Indulge in an afternoon visiting three unique and breathtaking wineries, interacting with knowledgeable pouring staff, and engaging in discussion with the wine maker and/or winery owner. Sample anywhere from 15-20 different wines throughout the day. An individually served upscale picnic lunch is enjoyed at the first winery stop with a vista overlooking the vines that trellis the valley's rolling hills. The fun filled day of wine tasting and exploration finishes in the luxury of reclining seats and air conditioning arriving back in Old Town or with drop off at each guest’s respective hotel around 5:30 pm.

$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 availabilty This is our most popular route. 1. Leoness Cellars Leoness 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 Winery Experience 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 similar The 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 WinePrivate Signature Wine sampling or similar at every stopOne behind the scenes tour explaining the wine production process varietalsLunch 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.

$178 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight

Hot air balloon rides are great for any event, whether it's on your bucket list or to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, family fun event or vacation adventure. You'll escape the ordinary and sail among the clouds in man's oldest form of flight. Your hot air ballooning adventure will begin at Vindemia, a private vineyard in the middle of the Temecula wine region, the premier grape growing region of southern California and Northern San Diego County.After arriving at the vineyard, your early morning balloon ride starts with an introduction to your FAA Licensed and fully certified pilot, who will be with your from the moment you board the aircraft  to your eventual touchdown a few miles away. After an early morning greeting, you will watch the balloon fill with hot air as you board your basket and prepare for your trip. Gently rising above the early morning mist, you will be greeted with unencumbered views of bright citrus and green vineyards covering the arid landscape of rolling, grassy hills. The sun rising over the mountains to the east will provide an incredible, bright hue to the magical landscape as the air begins to warm.After approximately 1 hour in the air, you will safely touchdown a few miles away and be driven back to the vineyard for a light breakfast in a private rose garden with a complimentary glass of champagne. Enjoy the rest of your morning before continuing with you memorable Temecula vacation.

$650 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Temecula Wine Tour with Limousine

30min: Your chauffeur will drive you and your group in a private Lincoln Stretch Limousine to one of the wineries in Temecula.   2 hours: Enjoy good wine and music at the wineries. Wine tastings range from $5-$10 per winery. Due to liability wine tastings are not covered in our limo tours. You pick the wineries you want to visit.  1 hour: Have lunch or dinner at a winery. Your chauffeur will recommend the best spots with the best views and the best restaurants within the wineries.  30min: Your chauffeur will safely drive you and your group back, while you are having fun, listening to music and sipping on champagne in your limousine.