No one needs to explain to the locals that California got its name for being “very close to a side of Earthly Paradise” or so it is said in a Spanish novel. This Earthly Paradise just happens to be an ideal climate for wine vineyards. With our abundance of great weather it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy wine tasting at some of the best wineries Southern California
has to offer, but the warm summer days are calling us out right now. Our neighbors here in the Temecula Valley are certainly great options, but we are not alone. We’ve done a little research and asked some of our associates their opinions so that we can provide you with some great finds where ever your travels may lead you.
Malibu Family Wines
32111 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Should you find yourself along the coast in lovely Malibu, you may want to consider a stop-over at Malibu Family Wines. Over 60K vines cover the slopes of the 65 acre property. The tasting lawn offers views of grazing horses and llamas and giant oak tress while you and your friends sip on wine and work on that perfect sun-kissed look.
Santa Barbara Winery
202 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The oldest winery in Santa Barbara County was opened in 1962 by Pierre Lafond and should you find yourself along historic Highway 1, you should seek out this California jewel. The winemakers at the Santa Barbara Winery believe that the quality and integrity of their products starts at the beginning in the field by nurturing the plant with pruning and harvesting in the appropriate seasons. Plus, if you need to kill some time to wait out traffic before you head back south they are located right downtown just two blocks from the beach.
1120 West 15th Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
A leading producer of nationally acclaimed wines, Ferrari-Carano sits just to the south of us in Escondido. It is a small family owned winery run by third generation owner, Gaspar Ferrera Jr, who maintains his hereditary gusto for the grape and takes pride in preserving the grounds’ old world feeling. It makes sense that the State of California has designated the Winery as a State Historical Point of Interest. No matter what your taste Ferrara should be able to delight your palate with a number of varietals, dessert and specialty wines, as well as juices that will dance to the tune of elegance and style.
Callaway Vineyard and Winery
32720 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
“They have horseback riding through the vines, it’s really nice.” – Randy Johnson
Once upon a time when someone referred to Callaway it was assumed they were referring to something that had to do with golf. Thank goodness Ely Callaway Jr was not satisfied with just one business venture. 20 acres of estate vineyards boast well balanced varietals such as Viognier, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon just to name a few. Have you tried their creamy Chardonnay yet? For some, it is considered a summer staple. The winery aims to encourage nature to be nature by acting more as stewards of the land. They encourage sustainability so that they may continue their tradition of providing wines that are a perfect complement to today’s Southern California lifestyles.
Lorimar Vineyards and Winery
42031 Main St
Temecula, CA 92590
“This winery has such a great casual atmosphere. They have live music just about every week and they also have a movie in the vines every month. It’s really fun!” – Ashley Alcazar (First Impressions Manager)
Before the winery Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield were only joined by way of being in-laws, but by combining their first names they formed the name Lorimar. While still a young company, they create wines using the best of old world ways to hold its own among other California legends. Maybe it is the way that they combine today’s most advance technologies in a such a delicate way that we can always anticipate exciting blends and varietals that are fruit forward and showcase the treasures of Temecula Valley. It is also a very lively destination, you might want to bookmark their Events page as they seem to always have plenty of things coming up.
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As always we encourage all of our fans to drink responsibly.