California has a few different wine regions, the most well-known being Napa Valley. But one wine-producing area you might not have considered visiting is the lesser-known, but equally as scenic, Temecula Valley.
Picture yourself sipping on glasses of flavor-filled and aromatic wine with jaw-dropping views of the valley’s rolling hills covered in grapevines stretching out before you. The fantastic views, relaxed ambiance, and more than 50 varieties of wine available to sample at over 35 wineries make Temecula the ideal place for your wine-cation! The best way to enjoy this Southern California wine region is by joining one of these Temecula Wine Tours and we are sharing the most popular ones with you.
But there isn’t just wine in the valley (although that is a big part of why you’re going to love Temecula), the region is also known for having great craft beers, fantastic restaurants, hot air balloon rides, and other fun things to do in Temecula. What are you waiting for? Come and forget your worries with an idyllic escape in the Temecula Valley.
Best Rated Temecula Wine Tour in 2023
A bit like the two birds one stone metaphor, this is one of the best-rated Temecula wine tours. It is great if you want to see as many wineries as possible but you don’t have much time on your hands. The tour visits three different wineries, each one as blissful as the next.
You’ll start at a quaint and cute winery (Masia de la Vinya Winery) where you can take in the scenic views of the surrounding area and have your first glass of wine – easing you into the adventure ahead. Next, you’ll head to a winery (Oak Mountain Winery) that has delicious food (you’ll receive ordering instructions when you book) as well as marvelous wine. Second glass anyone?
And because saving the best till last always pays off, you’ll end your tour with some live music at the third and final stop on this fun wine tour (Somerset Vineyard and Winery).
You’ll get three glasses of wine (18 ounces) included in your tour, but you can always get more on the side, as well as a tour guide, transport between wineries, and an added taste of some wine straight from the barrel before you head off (likely a bit tipsy!). It’s the perfect tour for bachelorette parties and groups of friends of 14+ people. Read all the details about what is included in your tour here.
Wine Tasting from San Diego
Are you coming from San Diego? Not to worry! There’s no need for you to miss out on the best wine tours in Temecula. This Temecula wine tour picks you up at your hotel in San Diego, hop in a minivan, and come and explore this incredible wine country. Taking a tour makes everything simple and saves you the headache of figuring out transport.
This Temecula wine tour from San Diego has everything you need included, so it also competes as one of the best Temecula wine tour packages. So what do you get exactly? Transport in a minivan with a tour guide from and to San Diego, stopovers and wine tasting at three local wineries, and a whole lot of guaranteed fun!
On your guided tour of one of the wineries, you’ll get the chance to learn about how the area’s landscape and unique microclimates change the subtle flavors and tones of the glass of wine in your hand. Temecula has so much in store for you!
Wine and Trolley Rides
The Temecula Valley Cable Car Wine Tour visits three wineries in less than half a day (it’ll take about five hours overall). If you’re on a tight schedule, this is a great way to see a variety of landscapes and try a broad selection of California wines in one morning.
The vineyards the tour goes to change occasionally, but you’ll likely end up at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery, Somerset Vineyard and Winery, and Bel Vino Winery. The latter is a 40-acre vineyard with a fantastic barrel tasting room where you can sample wine straight from the barrel.
Cable Car Wine Tours get their name from the fun transport they provide between vineyards – an open-air trolley. What else is included? A guide who will keep you on track and tell you everything they know about wine and the local area along the way, and a tasty lunch at one of the Vineyards. You can meet everyone at the Temecula Valley Cable Car Wine Tours departure point, or get picked up at your hotel. There will be a maximum of 16 people per tour.
All-Inclusive Mystery Wine Tour
Put a nice summer dress or shirt on, and get ready to have a fun and classy time in California. This Temecula wine tour stops at a handful of different vineyards, but exactly where you’ll go is a bit of a mystery – it will depend on the season and what events different wineries have going on. That might sound a bit daunting, but the tour does it this way to make sure that you always get the best possible experience whilst you’re visiting Temecula. Let the mystery tour begin!
Whilst you’re at the vineyards you can chat to the vintners and learn all about how wine is made, then try to squeeze the vineyard’s best-kept secrets out of them. You’ll go to four different wineries throughout the tour, which lasts some five hours, so there’s plenty of time to learn about how wine is made and why it’s so splendid to drink.
There’ll be a group of you on the tour, so if you’ve come to California alone or as a couple, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day around other wine enthusiasts. The wine will keep the conversation flowing.
Wine Tasting at Temecula Sweet Oaks Winery
Now for something a little different. If you’d rather see more of one vineyard than hop from one to another in a hurry, then this is one of the best wine tours in Temecula for you. Throughout your time at Temecula Sweet Oaks Winery you’ll get to visit the winery’s estates and find out about the vineyard’s history and how wine goes from being on the vine to your glass.
You can take your pick of wines in the tasting room – there’s something for everyone. California wines from sweet to dry, reds, rosés, and whites are all on the menu. So how much wine exactly is included? Samples of five of their top-shelf wines. You might even get a peek at some of the wines they haven’t officially released yet!
The one drawback of this tour is that you’ll need to find your own way from your lodging to the winery and back again as a car isn’t included (and drunk driving is definitely not an option!). I highly recommend hiring a driver so no one has to miss out and be the designated driver. Once your transport is sorted, this wine tour is guaranteed to be a great time!
Wine Tour from Orange County
Come and enjoy this delightful wine tasting tour in Temecula that includes wine flights and a charcuterie board. The great thing about this tour is that they pick up and drop off at a variety of locations. They can come and get you from Orange County. Not having to worry about transport will lighten the day and allow you to enjoy each glass of wine without stressing about getting home.
Lunch isn’t included in the tour, but there is a stop at Bel Vino Winery, where you can get some delicious food before continuing on your adventure. The tour takes you wine tasting at Oak Mountain Winery, Callaway Vineyard, and Somerset Vineyard – a fine selection of some of the best Temecula vineyards and wineries. With a maximum of 14 people on the tour, the group is a manageable size, you’ll still get any one-on-one attention you need.
Sidecar Winery Tour
Looking to explore the Temecula wine country in style? Then you can’t beat this sidecar wine tour. Ride in the passenger seats of fancy sidecar motorbikes as you whizz towards the best Temecula Valley wineries.
Stop off for a glass of bubbles, a crisp white, sweet rose, or a dense red at three of the most popular local wineries – Doffo Winery, Bella Vista Cilurzo Vineyard and Winery, and Akash Winery (where the tour starts and ends).
The best part is it’ll just be you and your friends or family on the tour – no one else. So you can spend some quality time together and enjoy a more personalized winery tour experience.
Wine and Beer in One!
Are you a beer fan, but your partner is a wine enthusiast? Do you like a glass of wine or two, but enjoy it more washed down with a cold beer on the side? This is the tour for you! The Temecula Winery and Brewery Combo Tour gives you the best of both worlds – you’ll visit a popular brewery and two of the most picturesque wineries in the valley.
Throughout the day you’ll sample 12 different wines and four unique beers, with so much range you’re sure to find something you like (luckily you can buy a bottle to take home!).
The tour visits the Masia de Vinya Winery, then takes you to Somerset Vineyard and Winery, where you get the added perk of taking part in a production tour and barrel tasting). You’ll end this fantastic day at Refuge Brewery, where the craft beers are abundant and the IPAs are always cold.
Wine Sampling and Cycling
Would you rather peddle your way to each winery? Look no further, this guided or self-guided E-bike tour is perfect for you. Cycling from one place to another will help you get the most out of your time in the Temecula area – you’ll get to connect with the landscape and stop to admire the best scenic views along the way. Because they’re E-bikes it won’t be too strenuous either!
Plus, the pedaling will help you sober up a bit in between wineries, just enough so you can have an extra glass or two. Another perk of this tour is that it’s self-guided, so you can pick the vineyards you want to go to, visit as many wineries as you want, and do things on your own schedule.
The tour includes a cute picnic lunch that is packed and prepared for you. There’s nothing better than a tranquil lunch al fresco with picture-perfect views in every direction.
Party Bus Wine Tour
If you want a slightly more lively tour experience of Temecula’s vineyards, then you should check out this Temecula wine tour on a private Mercedes party bus convertible. The Mercedes Convertibles come with a driver and fit up to 15 people. There’s enough space for you and all your favorite friends, or for your extended family.
One downside of this tour is that you are paying for just the car and driver; you’ll need to pay for any wine tastings and lunch at wineries separately. But, the fun atmosphere on the bus, where the guides only play the best music, will keep the mood upbeat as you move in-between wineries.
Another perk is that you get to choose which vineyards and wineries you want to visit. If you’ve been before, tell the driver to take you straight to your favorite Temecula Winery. You’re definitely going to enjoy this immersive and customized wine tour!
Yes, you can go wine tasting on your own, but then you either have to have a designated driver, or rely on shared rides, which can take up to 90 minutes of wait time.
Last Updated on June 15, 2023 by Maria Haase