Discover the sights and flavors of San Diego and Temecula on this helicopter tour and winery lunch for two to four people. After meeting your pilot in San Diego, be whisked across the coastline in a helicopter for epic views of the ocean and beaches from a vantage point few experience. Then zip over the mountains to Temecula, landing on a private helipad for your wine country lunch. Enjoy an expertly prepared meal and top-notch California wines before continuing the helicopter tour through the valley back to San Diego.
Start your 3.5-hour adventure at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport to meet your pilot and board a helicopter. Take off along the San Diego coast from La Jolla Shores to Solana Beach on a 30-minute flight to Temecula. This stretch of California coast is one of the most beautiful in the state; its waters are teeming with marine life and the pristine beaches go on for miles.
Watch for dolphins, seals and leopard sharks below. Skyward, you may see pelicans, seagulls and other shorebirds swoop by your window. To the east, the beaches turn into mountains and beyond that, the desert. Take in this rare moment of being surrounded by copious sea life, water and land. Then, head inland over rugged mountains and through Temecula Valley before landing at a winery on a private helipad in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country.
Enjoy lunch at the winery’s 5-star restaurant, choosing from standout menu selections such as classic seafood cioppino, chipotle chicken flatbread, farm-fresh salads and more. Then indulge in the coveted Winemaker's Flight: four reserve wines or California sparkling wines. Common varietals in this Southern California wine region are chardonnay, merlot, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel. Wines are available for purchase if you would like to bring a taste of Temecula home.
After two hours at the winery, re-board the helicopter for your 30-minute return flight, this time taking the lesser-known, but equally beautiful, inland route. Touch down at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.