Temecula Valley: Not Like Anywhere Else

If you’ve seen one wine country, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. While all wine countries around the world might generally offer the same things (wine tasting, tours, even grape stomping festivals), each one has their own special something/s that make it unique.  Napa has the “big boys,” so to speak – those wineries that produce 20 million + cases of wine every year), the Russian River Valley has perfected Pinot Noir, and Italy, France and Spain are…well…Italy, France and Spain.

Temecula Valley Wine Country may be small in comparison to the rest of the world, but we have many things that are difficult to find in other, larger wine producing regions:

Diversity: When asked what variety of grape we specialize in at Ponte, we like to gush over our Italian varietals like Sangiovese and Montepulciano because, you see, the Ponte family is Italian.  In reality, Temecula Valley is incredibly diverse.  Napa may be America’s mothership for Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but we grow them, too.  In fact, over 50 different varietals of wine grow amazingly well here.


Chardonnay: it doesn’t just come from Napa.

Convenience: Think you have to travel by plane, train, car, bus, horseback then foot to get to our little piece of heaven?  Nope.  While we might feel worldsaway, we sit conveniently within an hour’s drive from San Diego, Orange County and the Palm Springs area.  A little further (but not much) from Los Angeles.  By the time you exit the freeway, you’re a mere 6 miles away from Ponte.  While we get visitors who spend the week or weekend with us, it’s not unusual for friends and spouses to meet after work in wine country for a drink at The Cellar Lounge, or to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner. Last-minute getaways and “staycations” are definitely do-able.  Check out our hotel packages at Ponte Vineyard Inn here.


Come stay with us: we’re closer than you think!

Anything But Overwhelming: Napa Valley boasts over 400 wineries.  Sonoma (Napa’s little sister) has over 200.  Temecula Valley is home to just about 40 wineries and Tasting Rooms. Could you visit them all in a day? No, probably not wise.  Two days?  Eh, doubtful.  But visiting all of them is actually possible, in the foreseeable future. Whether you opt for a self-guided tour of the Valley or prefer a guided tourwith transportation, Temecula Valley offers a plan of attack for everyone.

What are you waiting for? If you’ve never visited us in Temecula, or if it’s been a while, we are waiting with open arms and full bottles of wine to welcome you to our small (but unforgettable) wine country.


You never know what might happen in Temecula Wine Country!

Stay with us at Ponte Vineyard Inn.  Learn more here.

Check out our amazing, local wine country cuisine options here.

–Erica Martinez


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