Some of Southern Californias best wines are produced in this valley southwest of Palm Springs, thanks to its Mediterranean-like climate (warm days and cool nights). Grapes for making syrah, grenache, tempranillo and sangiovese thrive across the regions more than 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of vineyards. Upwards of 40 wineries showcase the best of the best in upscale tasting rooms, but dont expect a Napa vibe; Temecula is more casual than its northern counterpart, and people often pass on fine wines for the popular almond-infused sparkling wine.
While the almond wine might flow, your tour focuses on classic red and white varietals at three wineries. The tour operator specializes in going to hard-to-get-into vineyards that have won 4 stars or more for their wines. Let your nose and taste buds, and the sommeliers, guide you through the differences, as you taste up to 18 wines throughout the day. Listen as your friendly, knowledgeable guide offers insider tips and information about the wines and the region.