Just because you’ve been on one or two winery tours doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all — not by a long shot.
Each region offers a unique environment and surrounding scenery. The same is true for each winery. Your experience at one vineyard can significantly differ from the next, even within the same wine region.
Temecula Valley is one such region known as Southern California’s Wine Country.
So, if you’re planning an upcoming Temecula vineyard tour, here’s a quick checklist. Look for these six things before booking your next trip.
1. Stunning Views
If there’s one thing that will take your breath away when visiting Temecula Valley, it’s the landscape. Rolling hills, mountain scenery, and beautiful estates make Temecula a special spot, especially when combined with Southern California sunshine.
So naturally, when booking a Temecula vineyard tour, you’ll want to take advantage of what this region has to offer. Find a vineyard that allows you to experience the region’s natural beauty.
There are even opportunities to camp as you sip on wine and enjoy your surroundings. It doesn’t get much better than that.
2. If There’s Somewhere Nearby to Stay
Transportation and accommodations are major considerations when booking a vineyard tour. After all, you’ll want to sip on wine —maybe even enjoy a glass or two with your lunch. That is why you need somewhere to stay. If you’d like to stay in Temecula, see what the distance is to the vineyard of your choice. There are several local transportation options, including Uber.
If you seek a more immersive experience, look for a vineyard that offers on-site accommodations. For example, at Sweet Oaks, you can rent a unique vacation home, allowing you to explore the extensive grounds and take advantage of luxury amenities. There’s also an eight-bedroom private resort in the hills of De Luz at Sweet Oaks’ sister label, Sol de Luz Vineyards.
3. Food Options
Again, if you’re sipping on wine all afternoon, it’s important to have something in your stomach. Plus, food and wine pairings are one of life’s greatest pleasures. One dish that screams wine tasting is a charcuterie board. Something that Sweet Oaks is happy to offer. Each wine tasting is perfectly paired with fresh fruit, cheese, unique meats, and accompaniments. If you’re staying in the area for a night or two, be sure to venture into town to enjoy this region’s eclectic food scene.
Recommended reading: Wine and Meat Pairing Tips
4. A Good Selection of Wine
Going to a winery is all about exploring the varietals available — or in some cases, indulging in your favorites. That is why the best wineries will have options, at least in terms of a wine tasting experience. Look for a vineyard that offers beloved wines with an edge. For example, if you love Chardonnay, why not try an oak-matured Chardonnay?
Although it’s not a necessity, it’s always fun when vineyards serve wine flights. This option lets you enjoy a more in-depth experience as you taste and learn about several wines while interacting with those passionate about the varietals you’re sampling.
5. Activities in the Area
Whether you’re on holiday from out of town or are a local treating yourself for the weekend, why not take your experience to the next level?
Temecula is known for wine, and its array of activities, ranging from hot air balloon rides to horseback riding. This region has it all, offering something for everyone. Some come to the area for wine and a spa weekend, while others prefer to schedule a wine tasting after an exciting morning of golf. The key is to plan your trip to get the most out of your stay and vineyard adventure.
6. Experienced, Passionate Staff
There are so many instances, vineyard tours included, where staff can make or break your experience. When you visit a vineyard, you’re stepping into a whole new world, one full of unique possibilities. If you’re greeted by enthusiastic, passionate growers, managers, and winemakers, you immediately feel welcomed and excited about what’s next.
A passion for wine is contagious, and when you’re in wine country, that’s exactly how you want to feel — eager and excited to learn and experience more. Facebook is a great place to check out vineyards of interest. Not only will you be able to follow along, seeing what’s new, but you can also see what others are saying.
Sweet Oaks Ticks All the Boxes, and Then Some
If a Temecula vineyard tour is what you seek, Sweet Oaks has it all.
At Sweet Oaks, we LOVE sharing the whimsical winery we’ve grown and developed over the years. First founded in 2015, the stunning Sweet Oaks Ranch, a 28-acre equestrian estate known for its natural beauty, was transformed into a labor of love, making exquisite wines and memorable experiences.
We welcome you to schedule a tasting and visit us today!