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Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Wine Country is located northeast of San Diego about 24 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Most of the AVA’s vineyards are planted to the east of town in a 33,000 acre area known as Buck Mesa.

Temecula Wineries

There are about 20 Temecula Wineries and 3,000 acres of vineyards in the region. Many of these wineries primarily sell their products through their tasting rooms. I visited the AVA several times and am especially impressed with Miramonte Winery and Wilson Creek Winery.

Temecula Climate

Going on Temecula Wine Tours will take you through one of the more visually striking AVAs in California Wine Country. The climate is quite warm but is mellowed by cool afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean. This maritime influence enters the AVA through the Rainbow Gap in the northwest.

Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Geology

Temecula Wine is produced with grapes grown extremely arid soils that require irrigation for viticultural production. The imposing, granite dominated Magee Hills surround the AVA to the east. Over the years, granite debris and sand have washed down to the Buck Mesa, where most of the vines are planted.

Temecula History

Temecula has a long, complex history that involves the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and Americans. However, the development of Temecula Wine Country is a relatively recent phenomena that is intimately linked to real estate and transportation. Learn more about this enigmatic region in Southern California with California Wine Tours and Accessories.