28690 Mercedes Street, Suite A,
Temecula, California 92590
Telephone: 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085
Kimberly Adams, President and CEO, Kimberly@ VisitTemeculaValley.com
Annette Brown, Marketing PR Manager, Annette@ VisitTemeculaValley.com
Fact Sheet for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
*Information is believed to be current as of March 2014.
Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round getaway and vacation destination situated within southwest Riverside County. Temecula Valley is conveniently located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Each visit to this genuinely inviting, boutique destination promises a wide variety of things to experience, enhanced by the sunny, relaxed spirit synonymous with Southern California.
Latitude: 33.50 degrees N
Longitude: 117.12 degrees W
Located within minutes of each other are three compelling destinations to build a full, robust Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country getaway or vacation around. Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino each have unique, premium varietal character that invites exploration. All are sincerely committed to the local lifestyle of celebrating the richness of the valley with others.
Downtown Old Town Temecula
With a backdrop of untouched hillsides that bloom with lilac in spring, vibrant Downtown Old Town Temecula is Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s popular, arts-entertainment-shopping-and-dining district. The pedestrian-friendly, historic, 12-block neighborhood melds genuine respect and appreciation for the Old Town Temecula legacy with casual, contemporary, Downtown Temecula style and enthusiasm. Visitors enjoy Downtown Old Town Temecula for its festive special events; relaxed restaurants and upscale bistros; art and entertainment; welcoming wine-tasting rooms; and a collection of unique, specialty stores and boutiques.
Old Town Temecula continually improves and re-imagines itself in new, contemporary ways. Most authentic is the independent spirit that endures and thrives here. Like the historical Old Town facades, recent Old Town structures reflect different architectural styles. This almost eclectic variety of styles is one of the catalysts for Old Town bistros’ and specialty stores’ individual expression and creativity.
The burgeoning Old Town Temecula culinary scene includes a variety of independently owned eateries with delicious, one-of-a-kind menus; and the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail with its artisanal food emporiums and wine tasting rooms. Local, artisan food shops like Temecula Olive Oil Company garner an exceptional following for their sustainable practices and quality products. Old Town’s wine tasting rooms are popular for swirling, sniffing, and sipping some of the many award-winning, premium varietal and proprietary blended wines of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a beautiful wine region of rolling hills with high mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. More than 40 wineries thrive in the significant and diverse Temecula Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), considered to be the major AVA in Southern California.. The Temecula Valley wine region continues to gain recognition for its award-winning, premium varietal and proprietary blended wines, and talented winemakers; and is home to three-time, award-winning California State Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery. Perhaps because of the sunny, relaxed spirit synonymous with Southern California, Temecula Valley Wine Country is one of California’s most engaging and approachable wine regions.
Visitors from throughout California and beyond are attracted to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country by its natural gifts of climate and geography. Many return to enjoy the region’s welcoming wineries; learning experiences and wine education programs; concerts and signature wine-and-live-music events; outdoor activities; vintage relaxation for body, mind, and soul at The GrapeSeed Spa; and dining in excellent winery restaurants amidst the vineyards. Less-busy weekdays provide potential opportunities to converse with talented winemakers and gracious and friendly, winemaking family members.
The region’s premiere event is the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. The celebration launches the Summerfest season with glorious, dawn balloon ascensions; dramatic evening hot air balloon glows; tasting of award-winning Temecula Valley wines; wine and food pairings; and top-name bands and musicians in concert.
Pechanga Resort & Casino
The Pechanga Casino provides the largest and most expansive resort-casino experience anywhere in California and is one of the largest resort-casinos in the United States. The resort has been rated a AAA Four Diamond property consecutively, every year since opening in 2002. Guests appreciate Pechanga’s amenities, impeccable service, and commitment to quality. The 517-room luxury resort recently opened its newly renovated, multimillion dollar hotel lobby and new restaurants bringing the total resort dining establishment up to 11.
Visitors seeking the ultimate in entertainment and luxury, head to the upscale and relaxed resort as do visitors who appreciate casino gaming excitement 24/7. Those who enjoy high stakes wagering are at home in the luxurious, High Limit Gaming Area. Poker enthusiasts converge in the state-of-the-art, 54-table, smoke-free, Poker Room, while others head for the 130+ table games, and 3,000+ Vegas-style slots. The spectacular, Arthur-Hills designed Journey at Pechanga golf course garners highly desirable accolades from top golf publications and is recognized as one of the finest golf courses in California. Pechanga Resort & Casino is also recognized as one of Southern California’s premier live venues for concerts and entertainment; and multiple mega-New Year’s Eve celebrations that rival those of Las Vegas. An estimated 75,000 people descend upon Pechanga Resort & Casino for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Pechanga’s elite venues host superstar entertainment including A-list performers in the popular, 1,200-seat, Pechanga Theater; stand-up comedians in the intimate, 270-seat Comedy Club at Pechanga; and nightly live music and dancing in the Casino Cabaret. Fine dining options include the AAA Four Diamond-awarded Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s Italian, and the new Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar.
Just over the Coastal Mountain Range to the west of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, a distance of just 22 miles, is the Pacific Ocean. At the valley’s southwest corner are the hallmark Rainbow Gap and the Santa Margarita Gap, a dramatic canyon formed by the Santa Margarita River. The San Jacinto Mountains and Santa Rosa Mountains border the Valley on the east. To the southeast is Palomar Mountain.
Temecula Valley spans a 32-square mile area. Elevations range from approximately 1,175 to 2,600 feet. The region is distinguished by natural, rolling hills with a big, open sky overhead. In winter, the snow-capped peaks of Mount San Jacinto and Palomar Mountain, as well as Mount San Bernardino and Mount San Gorgonio to the north, semi-circle the valley’s panoramic vistas.
CLIMATE AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country enjoys welcoming weather year-round, often characterized as a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers, and cool winters with relatively low rainfall. As significant is the valley’s general, weather pattern of morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon ocean breezes and cooler nights. This tempo of nature lends a pleasing, natural rhythm to any schedule for the day.
The dynamics of onshore-flow bring cool, gentle winds from the coast to Temecula Valley almost daily. The same dynamics also pull cool, moist, ocean air into the valley, most often in summer. These conditions combined tend to help keep summer daytime temperatures lower and air quality better than that of surrounding Southern California areas.
Season Average Daytime High Average Nighttime Low
- Spring 74o F / 23o C 49o F / 9o C
March, April, May
- Summer 88o F / 31o C 60o F / 16o C
June, July, August
- Autumn 82o F / 28o C 52o F / 11o C
September, October, November
- Winter 68o F / 20o C 41o F / 5o C
December, January, February
Annual rainfall in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country averages 14 inches/356 millimeters.
Temecula is a name derived from the area’s largest Native American ancestral village; it has come to mean “land where the sun shines through the mist.” The first travelers to Temecula were Spanish explorers and Franciscan missionaries (1700s and early 1800s), followed by travelers who arrived via the southern Emigrant Trail (beginning in the 1820s), then by Butterfield Stage (1858) followed by the railroads (1882). The first, paved, two-lane road (ancestor of Highway 395) was built through Temecula Valley in 1915.
From the 1800s until the 1960s, cattle were the backbone of the Temecula Valley economy and Temecula’s Old West lifestyle flourished. The mid-1960s saw the purchase of more than 87,500 acres of ranch land, and the launch of a semi-urban, pastoral, master-planned community to be known as Rancho California.
In the late 1960s and the 1970s, the first of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country pioneers purchased acreage and planted their vineyards. In 1974, the founding of Callaway Winery marked the beginning of winemaking in Temecula Valley. As reported in The Wine Spectator in 1989 in an article entitled Discovering Wine Country Two Hours From L.A: “Clean air and vineyard views, new restaurants and a good bed and breakfast make the Temecula wine region a fine weekend destination.”
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a beautiful wine region of rolling hills with high mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. The 33,000-acre Temecula Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is part of the larger, 115,200-acre South Coast AVA, the largest AVA in Southern California. Within the Temecula Valley AVA, 5,185 acres are protected in an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard (CV) zone. Within the CV zone, there are currently, approximately 1,500 planted vineyard acres.
The region’s vineyard plantings grow at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 feet above sea level. Soils are granitic, a light sandy loam, that is excellent for growing high-quality grapes. Grapevines thrive in these well-drained soils that also contribute to clean, pure, varietal wine flavors. The valley’s unique microclimate makes for a general pattern of morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon breezes, and cooler nights. These weather factors combined with the perfect balance of geography and well-drained soils create an ideal environment for growing high quality wine grapes.
More than 40 wineries comprise Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The significant and diverse, wine region continues to gain recognition for its award-winning, premium varietal and proprietary blended wines, and talented winemakers. A growing collection of thousands of awards from major wine competitions,attests to the quality of Temecula Valley vintages.
VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS AND AMENITIES
As diverse as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s destinations is the rich variety of activities encouraging visitors to stay. Each season brings new possibilities and each visit promises a rich new experience.
Seasonal Fests and Signature Events
- Springfest (March, April, May)
- WOW: World of Wine Weekend in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- Temecula Rod Run in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Old Town Temecula Western Days & Chili Cookoff in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Summerfest (June, July, August)
- Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- Summer Concerts and Wine-and-Live-Music Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- Old Town Temecula Art Festival with Street Painting & Plein Air Festivals
- Old Town Temecula 4th of July Parade in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Pechanga Pow Wow at Pechanga Resort & Casino
- Hot Summer Nights in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Autumnfest (September, October, November)
- California Wine Month in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- Temecula Valley International Film Festival
- Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country
- Winterfest Holidays (December)
- Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Santa’s Electric Light Parade in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Temecula on Ice: Outdoor Skating Rink at Town Square in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- Holiday Theatrical Productions at Old Town Temecula Community Theater
- Great Temecula Grape Drop and New Year’s Eve Celebration in Downtown Old Town Temecula
- New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Pechanga Resort & Casino
- Winterfest January-February
- California Restaurant Month in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
- Wine Country Romance in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Also in Downtown Old Town Temecula:
- Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market every Saturday morning
- For a complete, daily Temecula Valley Events Calendar, please see VisitTemecula.org.
Outdoor Recreation and Adventures
- Hot Air Balloon Flights over Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
- Golfing on six impressive, extended-stay and vacation-worthy courses.
- Horseback riding through vineyards in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
- Strolling the Class 1 walking trails adjacent Old Town Front Street and Jefferson Avenue.
- Hiking at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.
- The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve protects some of California’s rarest landscapes like Englemann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools. Small songbirds winter in the ancient Engelmann oak woodlands. In spring, the rare, bunchgrass prairie hosts native wildflowers.
- One of the last free-flowing rivers in Southern California, the Santa Margarita River is widely recognized as an irreplaceable, scenic, ecological treasure. The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve is located on the upper river. Sycamore, cottonwood, and willow forests are part of a 30-mile, protected, riparian corridor.
- Locally unearthed mastodon and mammoth Ice Age fossils are the hallmarks of the Western Science Center’s collection that also exhibits the fossils of a giant ground sloth, birds, and lizards.
More days equal more fun and Temecula Valley hotels and resorts’ Sunday-through-Thursday, better-than-weekend, nightly room rates are very appealing. Visitors savor less-busy weekdays by enjoying Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country outdoor adventures, seasonal restaurant menus and artisan foods, and wineries’ and wine tasting rooms’ new releases. Midweek also provides potential opportunities to converse with talented winemakers, gracious winemaking family members, and passionate chefs, artisans, and merchants.
Arriving at any of the 16 inviting hotels, motels, and resorts conveniently just off the I-15 freeway, puts visitors minutes – even steps – from the most popular destinations. With guest rooms for every budget, visitors enjoy accommodations ranging from luxurious, AAA Four Diamond hospitality to clean, comfortable, friendly, and economical. The variety truly provides lodging for each get-away and every occasion.
Throughout Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, talented chefs and restaurateurs abound. The array of dining opportunities ranges from contemporary, white tablecloth to open-air, casual. In Downtown Old Town Temecula, 19 excellent, independent restaurants, bistros, and coffee houses serve fresh, creative cuisine; classic and authentic-ethnic fare; and robust java. In Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, the pleasures of food and wine are enjoyed overlooking rolling hills and vineyards. Twelve friendly and gracious, winery restaurants expertly pair premium, award-winning wines with uniquely inspired menus featuring seasonal foods. Pechanga Resort & Casino hosts 11 outstanding places to dine, including three fine dining restaurants.
Passionate and enthusiastic shoppers know that shopping in casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is always fun and familiar, and surprising and new. From the distinctive, trendy stores and upscale specialty boutiques at Promenade Temecula to the lively and unique Downtown Old Town Temecula shopping experience; from the intriguing winery gift shops of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country and festive Saturday morning California Certified Farmers’ Market, to the merchandise of popular and widely recognized, national and regional retail stores.
GETTING HERE AND AROUND
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is located just off Interstate 15 (I-15) at Rancho California Road.
- From Los Angeles, Interstate 10 or Highway 60 (I-10 or CA-60) east to I-15 south, about 1½
- From San Diego, I-15 north, about 1 hour.
- From Orange County, Highway 55 (CA-55) north to Highway 91 (CA-91) east to I-15 south, about 1 hour.
- From Palm Springs, I-10 east to I-215 south to I-15 south, about 1 hour.
- From Palm Desert, Highway 111 (CA-111) north to Highway 74 (CA-74) to Highway 79 (CA-79), about 1 hour.
Primary airports served by commercial, domestic and international carriers include:
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), about a 1 1/2-hour drive.
- LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), about a 45-minute drive.
- San Diego International Airport (SAN), about a 1-hour drive.
- John Wayne Airport (SNA), Orange County, about a 1-hour drive.
- Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), about a 1-hour drive.
Shuttles, Tours, and Transportation
A variety of transportation companies offer transport services for groups and individual travelers, to, from, and in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. One of the most popular, carefree ways to experience Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is on a wine tasting tour via mini-coach, shuttle, limousine, trolley, or horse-drawn carriage.
- Visit Temecula Valley (formerly the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau)
- Official website: VisitTemeculaValley.com
- Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Visitor’s Guide
- Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Meeting & Event Planning Guide
- Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Event Calendar
- Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Map
- Temecula Valley Visitors Center
Old Town Temecula
Third Street and Mercedes
28690 Mercedes Street, Suite A, Temecula, CA 92590
Adjacent the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage (parking is free)
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Visit Temecula Valley (formerly the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau)
28690 Mercedes Street, Suite A, Temecula, CA 92590
Telephone: 888/363-2852; 951/491-6085
Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.
For a complete, daily Temecula Valley Events Calendar, please see VisitTemeculaValley.com.
ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY AND VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY
Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque Temecula Valley is a year-round getaway and vacation destination located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.
With natural gifts of climate and geography, bolstered by Pu’eska Mountain, the Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap, Temecula Valley is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and gracious and friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail, and is home to three-time award-winning California Golden State Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery.
Visit Temecula Valley (formerly the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau), the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors is online including a complete daily Event Calendar at VisitTemeculaValley.com; “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country” on Facebook; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. Visit Temecula Valley also welcomes ad agencies, location scouts, writers, and directors online at FilmTemecula.com. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Downtown Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes) adjacent the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. For visitor information and assistance, please call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.