Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > California >
May 1, 2012 04:55 PM

Temecula wineries: good wine, nice setting, and family-friendly? Is this possible?

We are planning a trip to Temecula to visit wineries, 4 adults and 2 well-behaved one-year-olds. We want to drink good wine, but a scenic or pretty setting is also important (looking for more than a room with good wine), and a place that would welcome our one-year-olds. Do such places exist in Temecula? Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I find this to be an ill-conceived trip--wineries with one year olds? Temecula is fondly known for drunk wine tours so maybe not the best venue for any of you.

    1 Reply
    1. re: escondido123

      I appreciate the response. I've never been to Temecula so I don't know what the vibe is. But I've been to Napa and Sonoma several times and I've seen lots of small children happily roaming the green grounds, so I don't think kids and wineries are an inherently bad combination. I imagine that there might be some child-friendly corners of Temecula as well, and I plan to contact any winery we might visit to ask them if it is appropriate to bring the tots.

    2. Its just that the wineries along California Road really get crazy with tons of people especially on the weekends. They seem much more crowded to me than the wineries up in Napa or Sonoma or up along the Central Coast. The wineries along De Portola road are a little less hectic. While not the best wine, you could enjoy Keyways or Leonese. The best wine in my opinion, is Hart, but its kinda small and may not be the best for kids. Stay away from Callaway and Wilson those tasting rooms are just insane.

      1 Reply
      1. re: littlestevie

        +1 for Hart, but I agree with him about the other Rancho California Rd. wineries, especially Wilson and Callaway. I think that the proximity to LA and Riverside brings the rowdies, where Napa and Sonoma don't necessarily cater to that type of crowd.

      2. You may want to drive down to Escondido and visit Orfila Vineyards, it's small and not generally busy, has a scenic and nice picnic area and their wines are quite good and reasonably priced. Agree with littlestevie, forget Calaway, IMO their wines are like mouthwash and Wilson. I do like South Coast Winery in Temecula.

        1. I live in San Diego, which is only an hour's drive from Temecula. I have been there many times.
          This is the problem with Temecula. Most of the customers who frequent Temecula like what I call soda pop wine, which is really sweet, and mostly tasteless Because of this, that is the kind of wine that you will find there.. There are some really good wineries there (such as Gershon), but are unreasonably expensive. One that I really like is Footprinte, which only makes reds.
          My advice is to save up some money and go up to Paso Robles instead. There are over 200 wineries yo choose from up there, and a lot of them are much better than anything you can find in Temecula.

          1 Reply
          1. re: steve753

            I second the Paso Robles suggestion for any future wine trips (also could try Santa Barbara county). Actually, this must be conventional wisdom for the wine loving denizens of San Diego, because every time we are in Paso there are TONS of people from SD around.

          2. Thanks very much for the feedback. Will let you know where we end up going and how it was (early next month). In the meantime, if you have more thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

            1 Reply
            1. re: Nicole

              I was wondering the same thing and found these suggestions: