Temecula, which wasn’t incorporated until 1989, began life over 40 years ago when the newly formed Rancho California Development Corporation planted 56 varieties of wine grapes in five different locations around the valley. Today Temecula Valley has more than 3,500 acres of producing vineyards.
With more than 5,000 awards, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is gaining well-deserved recognition. September celebrates California Wine Month with a SIP Passport and special savings throughout the month. A self-guided tour enables passport holders to savor wines at 5 of the valley’s more than 30 wineries.
Throughout September, October and November autumn’s abundance can be savored in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country in many ways.
- Temecula Valley Signature Events
The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival (September 14-18) hosts films and music of contemporary filmmakers and music artists from across America and around the globe. Events include opening night festivities, four days of film screenings, a two-day MusicFest, film and music industry workshops, closing night black-tie gala, plus Best of the Fest.
- The Old Town Temecula Fall Rod Run (October 7-8) attracts hundreds of the finest, pre-1974 vehicles and 30,000 auto enthusiasts for Friday Night Cruise and Saturday Show and Shine.
- The Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting (November 5 and 6) is a self-guided, two-day, food and wine adventure at more than 30 wineries. At each stop you’ll find delicious foods and wine samplings, and barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.
- Harvest Celebrations and Activities
Harvest, the most exciting time of year in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, is commemorated in many ways. From Wilson Creek’s Sunset Jazz in the Vines and Autumn Winemaker’s Dinner events, Callaway’s Harvest Festival, and Leonesse Cellars’, Mount Palomar’s, Ponte’s, and Wilson Creek’s Grape Stomps; to South Coast’s Blessing of the Wine Celebration, Callaway’s Taste of Autumn, Falkner’s Wine Appreciation, Mount Palomar’s Oktoberfest, and Monte de Oro’s Rocky Horror Halloween Bash.
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