Why is the AVA or APPELLATION the secret to knowing a wine's character? When you buy a bottle of wine, the vineyard's location is the biggest single factor that influences its character and is one of the key things to check on the label. The appellation, district or AVA usually appears just above the varietal designation and gives you that vital piece of information.
You'll hear the terms appellation, district and AVA used interchangeably, for instance you might say that the Chardonnay is a Carneros District or the Cabernet comes from the Yountville AVA. In common use the terms appellation, district and AVA all mean the same thing.
Just for the sake of accuracy, you should know that in America the term appellation is the broadest term used to refer to where the grapes were grown. The appellation only identifies the location—it doesn't have any requirements to distinguish the area one way or the other. The word appellation means “name” in French and the French Appellation d'Origine Controlee laws inspired our own appellation and AVA regulations.
The term AVA is short for American Viticultural Area and can only be used by a region that has been recognized by the federal government for a distinctive combination of soil, climate and topography which in turn contribute to identifiable regional wine character. It's been said that AVAs are to appellations as grapes are to fruit. All AVAs are appellations, but not all appellations are AVAs.
For instance, California is an appellation. Temecula Valley is an AVA within the California appellation. Is Temecula an AVA? Yes. The ATF established the "Temecula" viticultural area in the Federal Register on October 23, 1984. The TTB renamed the same viticultural area "Temecula Valley" effective June 18, 2004. The Federal Register lists the official acreage for the Temecula Valley AVA at 33,000 acres. Approximately 1,300 acres are currently planted in commercial vineyards.
Within the appellation there are 5,000 acres located in a "protected" area referred to as the Citrus/Vineyard Zone. This area is generally located in and around the Rancho California Road area within the County of Riverside. County guidelines strictly enforce number of acres needed to build a winery, lodging and other limited housing and commercial ventures.
What are the most recognized grapes grown in Temecula? This list is based upon the varietal content of the wines labeled with the Temecula Valley designation, as reported by the wineries. 1. Cabernet Franc
2. Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Chardonnay
4. Chenin Blanc
6. Cinsault
7. Dolcetto
8. Gewurztraminer
9. Grenache
10. Lemberger
11. Malbec
12. Malvasia
13. Merlot,Mourvedre
14. Muscat Canelli
15. Nebbiolo
16. Orange Muscat
17. Palomino
18. Petit Verdot
19. Petite Sirah
20. Pinot Gris/Grigio
21. Pinot Noir
22. Riesling
23. Roussanne
24. Sangiovese
25. Sauvignon Blanc
26. Semillon
27. Syrah/Shiraz
28. Vermentino
29. Viogner
30. Zinfandel
Why should you get all of your wine from Temecula House of Wine? We're a real storefront in Old Town Temecula and we stock all the wines available from Temecula's Wineries. We are located in the historic Palomar Hotel.
We will ship to any state where it is legal for us to do so. We make this commitment to you: we will give you genuine Temecula wines from the only licensed wine store in Old Town Temecula.
Can I mix and match wines ? Mix and match? No problem. Pick and choose the wines that you want and make your own dream case of wine. So order your wine now and enjoy!

Temeku Hill Golf Club

Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club, has become one of Temecula's premier golfing facilities. This 6,636 yard Ted Robinson Design was opened in 1995 to rave reviews and since then the golf course has been freshly updated by P. Dye. Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club now offers exciting wine country golf for the novice player all the way up to the most experience tournament player.

Temeku Hills offers a rolling topography with five lakes, numerous doglegs, beautiful challenging greens, and four sets of tees to accommodate all golfers. We welcome tournaments groups of 16 or more players and have a full-time Tournament Coordinator on site that can assist you with all of your tournament needs.

Temeku Hills is a golfer paradise sitting in the middle of beautiful Temecula Wine Country. We feature such amenities as a 40,000 square foot clubhouse, grass driving range, full service golf shop, and a top notch Food and Beverage Operation that can accommodate up to 100 people in our Grill Room and up to 350 people in our banquet room.

Come see why Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club is the most popular stop for golfers when visiting that Temecula Valley.

Vail Lake Recreation

Camp and relax amongst the oaks in one of Vail Lake Resort's RV sites with full hook-ups,
Vail Lake Resort is one of Southern California's most beautiful parks.
There is more fun under the Vail Lake Sun! Amenities. Vail Lake Resort's Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Horse Ranches

Eq-Wine Acres is a small but full-service equestrian facility located on 5 acres of a privately owned family estate in the beautiful wine country of Temecula, California. With a focus on quality, Eq-Wine Acres primarliy caters to those who love their horses and want to "show them off". We offer professional training and lesson programs with boarding in large paddocks or barn stalls. Riding lessons are also available to those who don't own a horse yet. We have two show-trained, experienced, and well-mannered ranch horses just perfect for beginners or even more experienced riders.

We are a multi-generation, family-friendly facility with our Trainer living on-site. Facilities include a large lighted riding arena, 50' lunging pen, hot walker, wash rack, tack rooms, on-site bridle paths, and access to near-by trails.

Eq-Wine Acres' Trainer, Jessica Bridgford , specializes in show performance Arabian and Morgan horses, but welcomes all breeds. Riding, showing, and training horses almost her entire life, Jessica has 8 years of experience as a professional Trainer whose emphasis is on youth and amateur riders interested in showing. Her gentle, non-resistance training methods quickly transfer trust and respect from the horses she works; allowing performance levels to grow quickly. When it comes to Riding Lessons, Jessica has a warm, friendly style which encourages her students to achieve their riding performance goals.

Lake Skinner:

Lake Skinner
Location: Take the 15 freeway to Temecula, get off at Winchester Road (highway 79) heading north towards Hemet. Turn right on Benton Road, go to end, turn right to main gate or take 15 freeway to Rancho California Road. Go north 10 miles to main gate.
Hours: Summer, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Winter, 6 a.m. to dusk.
Features: Family and group camping, fishing, trails, marina, camp store, boat rentals/launch, swimming (summer only).
Fees: Day use: $2, age 13 and up; $1, age 12 and under; Camping: $12-$18; Fishing: $5, age 16 and up; $4, age 5 to 16. Launch fee: $2.
Information: (909) 926-1505

Lake Elsinore:

Location: Highway 74 west of Interstate 15
Hours: Daylight to dark. Fishing hours: On boat , sunrise to sunset; from shore, 24 hours a day.
Features: Boating, camping, picnicking and fishing bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, and crappie. Rowboat rentals. Weekend rentals of kayaks, aquacycles, pedal boats, pontoon boats and Jet Skis. Restrooms, showers, group and multiple family sites.
Fees: Day use (until sundown), $4 (not including boat launch) for two people and 50 cents for each additional person; $1 per person on foot or bicycling; $2 per dog (proof of valid rabies inoculation or dog license required; must be kept on 6-foot leash and kept quiet at all times; not permitted in water at beach areas). Camping, $11.50 a night per vehicle (up to 2 persons), $1 each additional person; $3 extra a night for electrical hookup; $4 a night each tow in vehicle and $2 a dog per night. Lake boating fees, $5 daily lake use permit, $5 launching any boat (includes day use up to 2 people), $1 each additional person (any age). Discount camping fees Sunday through Thursday during December staying three nights or more (holidays excluded).
Camping (909) 471-1212
Boating (909) 674-3124

Hiking Nature Area

Dripping Springs Trail | Temecula California Hikes |

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Trail | Temecula California

Cahuilla Warm Spring | Temecula California Hot Spring Trails

Barker Valley Trail | Temecula California Hikes | Trails

Monserate Mountain Trail | Temecula California Hikes |

Wiashal Trail Loop to Cole Canyon | Wildomar California Hikes

Vernal Pool Trail | Murrieta California Hikes |

Los Santos-Trans Preserve Loop | Murrieta California Hikes

Granite Loop | Murrieta California Hikes |

Punta Mesa Loop | Murrieta California Hikes |

Coyote-Oak Tree Loop | Wildomar California Hikes |

Sylvan Meadows | Murrieta California Hikes |

Tenaja Overlook - Granite Loop Trail | Wildomar California Hikes

Hot Air Ballooning


Sunday June 6, 2010

We invite you to join us for a sunrise lift off over the beautiful Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. Marvel at the site of 40-50 hot air balloons floating effortlessly over the Temecula Valley wine country.

PRICE: $200.00 per person. Sorry, no discounts or gift certificates accepted during this special event. This ticket price includes your Festival admission (a value of $22.00) You must present your flight confirmation forms to the entry booth for admission. If you do not have your balloon flight confirmation with you to turn in, you will be required to pay for your admission into the Festival, no exceptions. Only flights booked through A Grape Escape Hot Air Balloon Adventure will participate in the Festival event. Fee for parking is not included ($5.00 car $10.00 bus/RV)

CHILDREN: Must be 48 inches tall to participate, and must be accompanied by an adult. Children are the same price as adults $200.00 per person.

TIME: Check in for flights will be 6:00 AM SHARP! Gates to the Festival open at 6:00 AM. This is the only time of day that flights are offered. Balloon launch will be between 6:30 – 7:00 AM. Balloons MUST land by 8:30 AM due to weather conditions.

DURATION: Flight duration is approximately 45-60 minutes in length. You will fly with approximately fifty colorful hot air balloons over the Lake Skinner Festival grounds. Sights include: vineyards, citrus groves, estate homes, and wildlife.

-Orange Juice
-Flight certificate
-Same day festival admission

DIRECTIONS: Please click HERE for a link for specific directions to Lake Skinner.

RESERVATIONS: Please click here to make a reservation or contact our office toll free 1-800-965-2122 for personal assistance. Representatives are available Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. PDT

TETHERED FLIGHTS: Tethered flights are FREE and will be provided weather permitting starting after the balloons launch at approximately 7:00 AM. Tethered flights will be available for two hours or as long as weather permits. Flights are available on a first come first served basis. Line up at the tethered balloon ride sign.

BALLOON GLOWS: Balloon glows will take place starting at dusk on Friday, June 4th, 2010 and Saturday, June 5th, 2010. No reservations are needed just show up to enjoy the show!

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION: Please visit for additional information regarding Festival entertainment, schedules, prices, etc. or contact the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival office at (951) 676-6713.





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