The Temecula Wine Country is an easy drive to the north of the San Diego County line. There are 3,000 acres of vineyards and 18 award-winning wineries located in the rolling hills of the valley. Varietals include Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Mediterranean varietals such as Viognier, Syrah and Pinot Gris. The wineries offer wine tasting and tours of their facilities. Several have restaurants. Many offer sites for weddings and meetings.
The town of Temecula resembles an Old West village and is a fun place to walk and search for antiques and explore boutiques. Temecula Creek Inn has two 18-hole golf courses and facilities for meetings. There is an Embassy Suites and a collection of motels for visitors. Events in the Temecula area include a balloon and wine tasting festival, a celebration of the new releases and a harvest festival. Many of the wineries have wine dinners, jazz concerts and other special events on their grounds.