TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, August 13, 2014: "In Temecula Valley meeting and event planners, and tour and travel operators discover true wine country venues, activities, and experiences, enhanced by the sunny, relaxed spirit synonymous with Southern California. We enthusiastically share 31 ways for midweek groups of 20 to 50 people to relax, refresh, and recharge," announced Kimberly Adams, president and CEO, Visit Temecula Valley (formerly Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau). "Temecula Valley resorts, hotels, and motels' special Sunday-through-Thursday, better-than-weekend nightly, group room rates with 10 guestrooms and more are also appealing." Welcoming more that 2 million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley getaway and vacation destination is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Meet, Wine, and Dine Weekdays at Authentic Temecula Valley Winery Venues
With settings from sophisticated and elegant to comfortable and charming, Temecula Valley wineries are perfect venues for a great variety of business, corporate, educational, incentive, tour, and travel events. Gracious, attentive winery staff help coordinate event components and award-winning chefs and culinary teams create custom-tailored menus.
Distinctive group venues at Baily include Bacchus Hall with its attractive, two-story fireplace, and the private dining room of Carol's Restaurant adjacent the estate Cabernet vineyards.
2-Bel Vino Winery
From the hilltop Garden Terrace to the rustic Barrel Room, Bel Vino features impressive estate vineyard views and a friendly dedication to making memorable experiences.
3-Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Atop the hillside at Callaway, Temecula Valley's first winery, one sees and feels the Pacific ocean influence from just 22 miles west; the Chardonnay Room and modern, elegant Vu Deck overlook wine country.
4-Europa Village Winery
The charming Europa Village atmosphere celebrates the old world wine country lifestyle with French, Italian, and Spanish influences; venues include outdoor with vineyard views and the indoor Europa Village wine cave.
5-Keyways Vineyard & Winery
With the appealing ambiance of Early California amidst picturesque vineyards and ranches, Keyways features indoor venues as well as the outdoor Garden Gazebo, Rose Terrace, and Vineyard Pavillion.
Outdoor gardens with views overlooking pristine, estate vineyards; the Barrel Room with chandeliers and stained concrete floors; and gracious assistance with customizing events are offered at Leoness.
7-Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
With the Tuscan-style winery set amidst orange groves adjoining the estate vineyard, an art gallery, and sunset patio, Lorimar has an earnest devotion to creating special, wine country events.
Perched on a hill with verandas, lawns, and panoramic views, Miramonte features indoor and outdoor venues; the boutique winery is noted for its contemporary hospitality.
9-Monte de Oro Winery
With panoramic Temecula Valley Wine Country views from the vast outdoor patio, Monte de Oro also offers a unique, subterranean Barrel Room; the glass ceiling looks up into the main tasting room.
10-Mount Palomar Winery
Set amidst vineyards and citrus groves, Mount Palomar features Mediterranean-inspired terraces and outdoor hilltop sites with Temecula Valley Wine Country views, as well as a traditional Barrel Room.
11-Oak Mountain Winery
With views of surrounding hillsides of estate vineyards and the mountains beyond, Oak Mountain provides a picturesque site; under-construction is the subterranean Oak Mountain Wine Cave potentially available, December 2014.
12-Ponte Family Estate
Temecula Valley's largest certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance vineyards, Ponte offers casually elegant venues like the Board Room, Barrel Room, and Reserve Room, and memorable outdoor venues like the Courtyard Garden and Vineyard Garden.
13-South Coast Winery
With a Courtyard and Arbor Garden, and a variety of contemporary indoor venues, wine country sophistication is a hallmark of South Coast events; the winery is three-time-award-winning California Golden State Winery of the Year.
The impressive French-Mediterranean setting of the Thornton estate, Temecula Valley's original sparkling wine producer, includes stately indoor venues as well as the Fountain Terrace with vineyard views.
15-Wiens Family Cellars
The Cellar Room at Wiens is lined with French and American oak barrels along with stainless steel wine tanks for an epitome in Temecula Valley Wine Country ambiance.
16-Wilson Creek Winery
A host of Temecula Valley Wine Country inspired venues are offered at Wilson Creek including the Barrel Room, Garden View Room, gardens and gazebos, and the vineyard venue Merlot Mesa (April through October).
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17-Vineyard and Winery Walking Tours
Throughout the year, specially designed, educational, and engaging tours take groups out amidst the vines and behind the scenes to winery crush pads, fermentation cellars, and barrel rooms. Participants learn of seasonal vineyard activities and vineyard practices to produce high quality wine grapes; and of the strategic, seasonal winemaking tasks, and creative influences of the winemaking process. Also ask about the potential for seasonal grape stomps (generally August through October). In addition to the 16 wineries listed above, also inquire with Robert Renzoni Vineyards.
18-V.I.P. Wine Tasting, Food and Wine Pairing, and Wine Education
At the 16 wineries listed above as well as Briar Rose Winery and Falkner Winery, a tasting host guides participants through the wine tasting experience. Tasting may also include flights of reserve and library wines, or the opportunity to experience blind wine tasting, food and wine pairing, or epicurean food demonstrations. Some wineries also offer cheeses, gourmet appetizers, or multiple courses with wine pairings. With such sensory experiences, participants learn about the cuisine and why it is paired with specific varietals.
19-Hot Air Balloon Flights at Sunrise
Throughout the year, local hot air balloon companies A Grape Escape, California Dreamin', and Magical Adventures incorporate fleets of multiple hot air balloons to accommodate groups for one of the most memorable adventures of a lifetime. Floating serenely over Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country with a big, blue sky overhead, provides spectacular views of rolling hills, vineyards, farms, ranchlands, and citrus groves. Hot air balloon flights provide insight to the changing of the seasons from on high. Wisps of summer's morning mist lingering above vineyards vast and lush. Chance opportunities to witness grape harvest at dawn from overhead. The brisk cool of autumn as vines' leaves turn golden and red. The crisp of morning in winter, dormant vines row-upon-row, and snow-capped mountains circle the valley. Then wildflowers in bloom after early spring rains.
20-Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides at Sunset
At Temecula Valley Wine Country venues with adequate space, local hot air balloon companies can offer the fun and excitement of tethered hot air balloon rides. Such rides are a perfect accompaniment to evening wine-paired dinners and celebrations. Hot air balloons have become key companions to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country award-winning premium varietal and proprietary blended wines.
21-Hot Air Balloon Glows
Beginning at sunset at venues with adequate space, local Temecula Valley Wine Country hot air balloon companies can offer a dramatic, hot air balloon glow. Such a vibrant sight is an awe-inspiring addition to evening events. A banner with business, corporate, or organization logo to adorn the hot air balloon can also be arranged.
22-Wine and Art: Painting Classes
A specialty of local Temecula Valley artists is the pairing of Temecula Valley wine tasting with painting classes. The experienced instructors guide students of all artistic ability and experience, in creating a hand-painted work of art. Completed canvasses - and cases of award-winning Temecula Valley premium varietal and proprietary blended wines - can be group participants' most prized keepsakes from their visit to Temecula Valley Wine Country.
23-Wine and Live Music Events
Many Temecula Valley wineries feature signature wine-and-live-music events on a weekly basis. These winery venues and their local Temecula Valley musician contacts are a wellspring of sources for festive, private, midweek wine-and-live-music events. Inquire with wineries including Baily, Bel Vino, Callaway, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Falkner, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Monte de Oro, Mount Palomar, Oak Mountain, Ponte, South Coast, Thornton, and Wilson Creek.
24-GrapeSeed Spa and Vino Vinyasa
Relished for its massage, skin care, body rituals, and salon services, GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery is acclaimed for its innovative vine-based treatments and spa cuisine. Vino Vinyasa is a group yoga experience that focuses on the chakras (energy centers). The yoga session is orchestrated with wine tasting to create blissful, "wine and unwind" that soothes bodies, minds, and spirits.
25-The Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail
Seven excellently designed courses invite play midweek and assist in coordinating weekday tournaments along the Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail. Many courses are embraced by nature with age-old oaks and sycamore trees, and naturally occurring streams and creeks. Most feature elevation changes and expansive views. Journey at Pechanga, Temecula Creek Inn, Cross Creek, The Legends, Red Hawk, and Pala Mesa are popular with golfers of all skill levels for perfectly challenging, year-round play.
26-Olive View Ranch Tours
Highly regarded olive growers and artisan olive oil producers, Temecula Olive Oil Company garners an exceptional following for their sustainable practices and quality, fresh, pure, and flavorful 100% Southern California, 100% extra virgin olive oil. On private group tours (September through June) at Olive View Ranch in the countryside east of Temecula Valley, participants learn of sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; of the mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil form the fruit. An olive oil tasting follows and is the opportunity to experience full flavor and freshness the way nature intended. Olive ranch tours are available with or without a grilled lunch.
27-Temecula Valley Agricultural Tours
From agribusiness professionals, academics, and researchers, to budding and full-fledged enthusiasts, agriculture tours in Temecula Valley provide noteworthy opportunities to visit, learn, and experience family-owned commercial enterprises growing in the good earth and harvesting at perfection. Group tours are exclusively by advance reservation at farms not open to the public. Options include experiences like touring the groves and tasting citrus and exotic tree fruit in-season at Cunningham Organic Farm; learning about farming practices to yield an exceptionally high level of flavor and quality at Crows Pass Farm; and special experiences at Morning Song Farm like the grove and garden tour, the small farm livestock tour, and the macadamia nut tour.
28-Temecula Valley Microbrewery Visits
The burgeoning Temecula Valley craft brew scene can be a fun diversion independently or on a several-brewery tour guided by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, local craft beer expert. Among recent Temecula Valley award-winning microbrews are craft beers like specialty Blood Orange Wit, hybrid Illusion IPA, Quadrophenia dark ale, and Refugee Tripel strong ale.
29-Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
A haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts, and harboring some of California's rarest landscapes, the Santa Rosa Plateau offers naturalist-guided, interpretive walking tours for groups, midweek. Recognized as one of the greater Temecula Valley's natural treasures, the Plateau features unique ecosystems like ancient Engelmann oak woodlands and rare bunchgrass prairie.
30-Historical Walking Tour of Old Town Temecula
The Temecula Valley Museum offers intriguing, docent-guided walking tours of historic Old Town Temecula. Participants stroll, experience, and learn stories and historical facts about Old Town's oldest landmarks and most colorful characters.
31-The Luiseño Basket-Artistry Inspired Fountain in Old Town Temecula
At the base of Temecula Civic Center, the impressive fountain inspired by the textural design of Luiseño basket artistry is one of Old Town Temecula's most popular scenes for memorable, group photo opportunities. The fountain bowl is covered in mosaic tile to resemble the exceptionally tight weave and renowned, beautiful, textural design of a Luiseño grass-woven basket. Two granite walls flank the fountain and provide the water flowing into the bowl. The fountain is one of Old Town Temecula's most admired landmarks.
*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. All group events and activities require advance reservations and arrangements.
ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY AND VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY
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, call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.
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