You might think you're in Tuscany, but you're actually in Temecula, California

  • Is it Tuscany – or Temecula?

    The first thing you'll notice when you enter the lush Temecula Valley, just one hour north of San Diego and 90 minutes south of Los Angeles, are the many stately Italianate wineries surrounded by vineyards and hills reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside.

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  • Winery fun for the entire family

    Just like in Italy, multi-generational families can spend a relaxing day together at a local winery. Here at the Peltzer Farm and Winery, families can enjoy strolls through the vineyards and a farm-to-table al fresco meal on the terrace. The winery’s spirited dogs never tire of playing catch with the kids while the rest of the family unwinds in the bucolic setting.

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  • Raise a glass to friendship

    In a festive, best-friends-forever moment at Fazeli Cellars, long-time friends raise a glass to continued health, success and happiness.

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  • Horsin' around in Temecula wine country

    Hop on a gentle steed and discover a delightful way to explore the lush vineyards of Temecula on horseback. Choose among several companies that offer unique horseback riding experiences through the picturesque trails of Temecula Valley. For the ultimate in romance, you can ride through the vineyards in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and taste wine along the way.

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  • A stroll down Main Street

    You’ll love strolling down Temecula's Main Street and taking in the variety of retail shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and pubs that await visitors.

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  • A foodie's delight

    Temecula is located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and smack in the middle of a fertile valley, so it’s no wonder that the cuisine offered in this farm-to-table, surf-to-turf paradise is exceptional. Enjoy a delightful culinary experience at any one of 11 restaurants in the Pechanga Resort & Casino (2015 winner of the 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best U.S. Casino), situated in the heart of Temecula Valley. 

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  • Hike the hills

    Temecula offers miles of hiking trails where you can explore the local flora and fauna, such as the delicate purple-fringed Datura wildflower. Over 200 species of birds can be spotted in the oak woodlands, wetlands, prairies and vernal pools that line the hiking paths.

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  • Buildings from yesteryear

    Everywhere you look in Temecula’s Old Town, you’ll see architecture of another era in the city’s history. These late 19th-century buildings now serve as business offices.

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  • Shop for all sorts of collectibles

    If you love specialty shopping, Old Town Temecula is the place for you.  More than 60 individually owned specialty stores offer everything from antiques and vintage clothing, to whimsical garden-related items, to one-of-a-kind American furniture dating back to the 1800s.

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  • Nostalgia in Temecula's Old Town

    You’ll see remnants of just about every decade in the late 19th and 20th centuries as you stroll through Temecula’s colorful streets.

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  • It's a dog's world

    People-watching (including man's best friend) is a favorite pastime along Temecula Old Town’s colorful avenues and side streets.

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  • Murals reflect the region's history

    This colorful mural represents the period around 1882, when the Temecula town site was established with the arrival of the California Southern Railroad. The line transported both passengers and cattle well into the early 20th century.

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  • Entertainment options

    You’ll never be bored with the entertainment options in Temecula.  A wide variety of festivals and events are offered year-round. Throughout the summer months, local wineries host nationally-known artists, concerts and live entertainment (Thornton Winery is legendary for its Champagne Jazz Series). For a taste of Vegas, head over to Pechanga Resort & Casino, where A-list concerts are held weekly in a state-of-the-art theater.

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  • Each winery has its own charm

    The Persian-inspired Fazeli Cellars winery is one of the many stunning buildings that line the Temecula wine trail. From rustic to contemporary, traditional to classic, every winery along Temecula’s trail has its own unique ambiance.

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  • Rustic wine tasting

    You can’t get closer to an Italian country wine tasting experience than at Doffo Winery on the Temecula wine trail. Sip some of their excellent varietals under grape-covered trellises, accompanied by tasty homemade appetizers. Or enjoy a picnic under the vines in their hillside grotto, with gorgeous views of the countryside.

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  • Up, up and away

    There's no doubt that the most spectacular way to view the Temecula Valley is soaring above the magnificent scenery in a hot air balloon.

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  • Slow down with slow food

    Stop by E.A.T. Marketplace for a taste of their eclectic, seasonal menu that satisfies all tastes and dietary restrictions, from vegan to gluten-free to paleo and beyond. This casual, friendly eatery is a champion of Slow Food and an advocate for local farmers, ranchers and food artisans. You can also get your food to-go and enjoy a relaxing picnic a few steps away in Town Square Park on Main Street.  

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  • Soothe your body and soul

    Whether you’re looking for a couple’s massage to celebrate the one you love, a champagne facial or yoga class in the vineyards, you’ll find it at the numerous day spas and full-service resort spas that specialize in treatments influenced by the region’s wineries.

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  • Sweet spot for golf

    Golfers of all skill levels will relish playing on one of Temecula’s seven golf courses open to the public. Many courses are surrounded by age-old oak trees, streams and lakes. Several boast dramatic elevation changes leading to breathtaking views over Temecula Valley.

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  • Celebration time

    You can’t beat the ambiance of a winery to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just life in general with friends and family.

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  • To life!

    When the sun begins to set behind the chaparral-covered hills, relax and raise a glass in celebration of the beauty of Temecula’s wine country, and to life!

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