Sunday, December 28, 2014

Southern California Wineries

I bet when you think of California wines the first thing that comes to mind is Napa and Sonoma and maybe the Russian River area.  That northern California area is a mecca of fine wine.  However, southern California also has a great wine growing area and many beautiful wineries to visit.

The Temecula Valley area is inland, east of San Clemente.

There are some very beautiful wineries both large and small in this area and many opportunities for wine tasting, dining and enjoying the views.  One of the larger wineries is the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa pictured to the left.  The grounds and buildings at this winery are beautiful making it a lovely place for a weekend getaway.

The area looks a lot like it's northern counterpart with rolling hills and rows of grape vines in every direction and you don't have to drive far to hop from one winery to another so you can savor all the lovely wines along the way.  (With a designated driver, of course.)

At the Callaway Vineyard and Winery, you can enjoy a tasting in their very large tasting room, lined with barrels.  They had an amazing variety of wines available to taste.

And when you step outside the Callaway Winery, you will see more wine barrels lined up neatly along the patio making a perfect photo opportunity.

At Miramonte Winery you will be introduced to Mira, this very mellow black giant; a beautiful Newfoundland.  She greeted us warmly with a wag of the tail but decided not to get up.  She must be quite used to the steady stream of visitors on their way into the spacious tasting room.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association has a great web site listing all the wineries in the area and providing trip planning information and self-guided tour maps.  Check it out here.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful looking place... and dog!

Mersad said...

That' a stunning place to visit and explore.

Mersad Donko Photography

Lowell said...

Your photos are terrific! It is a beautiful spot and I'd love to visit there. What a cute dog! My problem with wineries is the tasting room. I never want to leave and then finally, I can't find the door! :)

Judy said...

A lovely area indeed.

Jack said...

Great photographs, Sharon! I keep forgetting to visit your travel blog, so I came over here today and looked back several months. You have gone to some wonderful places and recorded the travels with terrific photos. (Loved the Palmer House pix.)