The 8 Best Temecula Wine Tours of 2019

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Most Flexible: Grapehopper Wine Tasting Tour

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If you have specific wineries in mind that your group would like to visit, then the “Grapehopper Wine Tasting Tour Temecula Valley,” is a top pick. This six-hour transport tour allows travelers the flexibility to choose the wineries they're interested in – rather than having a pre-selected itinerary. Round-trip hotel pick-up in Old Town Temecula is included, and the knowledgeable host/driver goes out of their way to make sure travelers have a wonderful experience. Hosts can also make recommendations to guide travelers to the best vineyards. Additionally, discounts on wine and cuisine are offered at various wineries. Note that food and drinks are not included in the price. 

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Most Unique: Horse Drawn Trolley Wine Tour

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Step back in time with a wine tasting tour using old-fashioned transportation: by horse-drawn trolley. This four-hour tour includes a leisurely ride to four wineries in an open-air, horse-drawn carriage (with a roof for shade). The wineries include Lorimar Winery, known for its live music and local art; South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, a certified sustainable winery and luxury resort; Ponte Winery, a boutique producer that makes wines small batches; and Weins Family Cellars, famous for their “big reds.” Tastings and meals are not included, but travelers can upgrade their package to include a picnic lunch and wine. Note that guests must find their own transport to the departure point.

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Best for Large Groups: Mercedes Convertible Wine Tour

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If you’re traveling with family, wedding party, or another large group, the “Mercedes Convertible Wine Tour,” can accommodate everyone in style. The luxury van holds up to 18 people and has a convertible ceiling on the back for a breezy trip through wine country, or, during rainy weather, it can close for a comfortable, climate-controlled ride. Travelers can be picked up from any Temecula Valley location, and the four-hour tour brings the group to four different wineries for tastings at each (additional cost for tastings or food may apply). Along the way, the driver entertains with lively music and information on what to expect at each winery. 

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Most Educational: Deluxe Wine Tasting & Barrel Room Tour

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If your group has a few newbie wine drinkers, or if you’d like to brush up on your wine knowledge, the “Wine Tasting Tour in Temecula Wine Country” is a great way to do just that. The tour starts off with an introductory wine tasting class, so you’ll know what to look for during the tastings. The limo chauffeured bus stops at three different wineries during the five-hour tour, with six or seven tastings at each and a behind the scenes winery tour. Lunch is included in the package, as well as an array of photos to take home with you and round-trip transportation.

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Best Value: Wine Tasting Tour

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For a low-priced, half-day tour that bundles wine tastings, transportation, and live music, consider the “Temeculas Best Rated Wine Tasting Tour.” The five-hour tour visits three of Temecula’s top wineries, with six tastings included in each of the stops. An optional lunch can be added to the package for an additional charge. Many travelers acknowledged that the owner of the company is very personable and makes them feel at home during the tour. The winery stops vary depending on the day of departure, but the third stop features live music from Los Angeles-based bands. The tour departs from a specific meeting point and does not include individual hotel pick up.

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Best Craft Wineries: Guided Wine Tasting Tour

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Those interested in visiting some lesser-known, boutique wineries for an authentic, local experience should consider the “Guided-Wine-Tour-of-Temecula.” The six-hour tour begins with pick up at a number of hotels as travelers get to know each other. While en route, the bus driver and guide gives an overview of the history of the area on some of the more unusual aspects. Then, you'll visit three craft wineries: Visit Frangipani Estate Winery, a scenic winery perched on the De Portola Wine Trail; Wilson Creek Winery, a beautiful resort with a creek-side picnic area and full-service restaurant; and Callaway Vineyard and Winery, an award-winning vineyard. A boxed picnic lunch is also included. 

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Best Afternoon Tour: Classic Wine Adventure

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While many of the wine tasting tours depart in the morning, the “Classic Wine Adventure Temecula Valley” offers an afternoon departure – perfect for those late risers. The four-hour tour begins in Old Town Temecula where the knowledgeable guide meets the group and boards the air-conditioned bus. From there, visit three wineries to sample wines at each picturesque location, and go behind the scenes on a cellar tour with one of the winemakers. Artisan cheeses and other food pairings are also included. The tour returns to Old Town in the early evening – so travelers can get ready for a night on the town.

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Best All-Inclusive: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour

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While some wine tours charge extra for tastings and lunch, the “All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour Temecula Valley,” bundles everything together so there won’t be any surprise costs. The five-hour tour also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, so there’s no need to arrange transportation to a departure point to begin the tour. Visit four different wineries with your driver who shares their own knowledge of the wine region. At each winery, tastings are included and at one winery travelers get to go behind-the-scenes with a VIP tour from the vintner. A delicious picnic lunch is also part of the package.

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