Just a short drive from Los Angeles, the Temecula Wine Country is where you’ll discover over 30 wineries. Along with vintage wines, you can sample delicious menu items at local restaurants, shop at unique boutiques, and enjoy plenty of activities while on your trip!
While you can sample a variety of wines in Temecula Wine Country, why not make the experience a memorable one. How about wine tasting by horseback? With a lush landscape for growing grapes, the region is also know for its riding trails and equestrian ranches. Located at 43550 Dash For Cash Circle in Temecula, Saddle Up Wine Tours is a perfect way to sample wine and enjoy the scenic views along the De Portola Wine Trail. The best part of joining Saddle Up on a tour is not only a memorable experience wine tasting, but you’re also helping provide care and training for abused, neglected, and abandoned horses.
 
Let romance take flight on a Hot Air Balloon ride over Temecula Valley wine country. If you’ve never been in a Hot Air Balloon, you learn the ropes as you watch the professional crew inflate the beautiful seven-story hot air balloons on site. Then, get ready for a stunning view as your certified commercial pilot takes you high above the vineyards just as the sun rises over the mountains. Once you return, you can toast to your adventure with champagne or orange juice, along with a lovely picnic at Europa Village winery.
 

Have you ever sampled wine in a cave? On a tour of Oak Mountain Winery you can journey 104 feet underground into the Wine Caves, which are the first of its kind in Southern California. Discover how the cave was constructed and the benefits it offers to aging the wine. Of course, there are several exceptional wines to sample; from white to red, and a touch of blush, Oak Mountain Winery has a vintage for every taste. If you’re traveling with your canine friend they can join you at Oak Mountain Winery too for one of the fun doggy themed events throughout the year!
 
While in Temecula Wine Country find time to visit Old Town Temecula that will remind you of the Old West. In fact, the town was located along the Butterfield Overland Stage route. Temecula residents are proud of their Old West heritage, and you’ll see traces of the past as you stroll the streets. If you’re in the mood for some Country Music and dancing, slip on your boots, and head over to the Temecula Stampede that happen’s to be the West Coast’s largest country western music venue. You can even pick up a few dance lessons on Mondays, Friday and Saturday nights.
 
A ideal way to find out more of the town’s history is by joining the Temecula Valley Museum’s walking tour on Saturdays. Experienced guides bring  Temecula’s past to life with intriguing stories on highlight’s of key events in the town’s history. Be sure to visit the Temecula Valley Museum that has hands-on activities, a extensive collection of artifacts, and photographs revealing more on the history of the region. 
 
Interesting Facts:
 
Like a good mystery? The writer of the Perry Mason mysteries, Erle Stanley Gardner, lived in Temecula on his beloved Rancho del Paisano from 1937 until 1970. You’ll find more than  6,000 of his photographs and a large collection of memorabilia on the author at the Temecula Valley Museum. 
 
If you’re visiting Temecula between mid November and late February you can join the WinterFest. During the festivities you can admire the twinkling lights spread throughout Old Town and the Wine Country, try ice skating in Town Square, catch a performance of The Nutcracker ballet or A Christmas Carol, or enjoy the the Holiday Electric Light Parade. And, it’s a wonderful time do some shopping for unique gifts.
 
To plan your visit to one of the area wineries, check out up coming festivals and events, and map out your trip visit the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau at their website.

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With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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