Temecula, CA, Southern California Wine Country — Just 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1 1/2 hours from Los Angeles, no where else can autumn’s abundance be experienced as it can be in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
The casual, picturesque valley that includes Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino celebrates Autumnfest daily from September 1 through Thanksgiving.
California Wine Month, Temecula Style!
With more than 5,000 awards, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is gaining well-deserved recognition. September celebrates California Wine Month with a SIP Passport; special savings throughout the month and a self-guided tour enable passport holders to savor wines at 5 of the valley’s more than 30 wineries.
September 10 is CRUSH, the Wine & Culinary Showcase with all winery owners, winemakers, and grape growers from throughout the valley. Chefs will mingle amongst the guests sampling local wines along with the culinary creations of both winery and local restaurants.
Throughout September – and October and November – there is more Temecula Valley So Cal Wining and Dining to be enjoyed. The delicious travel tradition pairs wines with menus featuring fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Downtown Old Town Temecula restaurants include Baily’s, Front Street Bar & Grill, The Bank Mexican Restaurant, The Edge, The Gambling Cowboy, Palumbo’s Ristorante, The Public House, and Soro’s Mediterranean Grill. Temecula Valley So Cal Winery restaurants include Carol’s at Baily Winery, Meritage at Callaway, The Pinnacle at Falkner, Maurice’s Kitchen at Maurice Car’rie, MDO Wine Bar & Bistro at Monte de Oro, Shorty’s Bistro at Mount Palomar, The Restaurant at Ponte, Vineyard Rose at South Coast, Café Champagne at Thornton, and The Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek. Near the Rainbow Gap, the Temet Grill at Temecula Creek Inn, and the premier restaurants of Pechanga Resort & Casino – The Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Seafood Grotto, and Journey’s End – also showcase Temecula Valley So Cal wines.
Temecula Valley Signature Events
The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival (September 14-18) hosts films and music of contemporary filmmakers and music artists from across America and around the globe. Events include opening night festivities, four days of film screenings, a two-day MusicFest, film and music industry workshops, closing night black-tie gala, plus BEST OF THE FEST.
For the Old Town Temecula Quilt Show (October 1) hundreds of quilts and thousands of yards of fabric will turn the 12-block, hip and historic district into a colorful, autumn display.
The Old Town Temecula Fall Rod Run (October 7-8) attracts hundreds of the finest, pre-1974 vehicles and 30,000 auto enthusiasts for Friday Night Cruise and Saturday Show and Shine.
The Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country (November 5 and 6) is a self-guided, two-day, food and wine adventure at more than 30 wineries. At each stop: delicious foods and wine samplings, and barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.
Autumnfest Music and Entertainment
Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Autumnfest concert series kicks-off with rock-band Daughtry and features great entertainers like singing-legend Diana Ross, comedy super-star George Lopez, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson on stage together, country-music star Darius Rucker, the heavy metal and glam metal Kid Row and Warrant, and ‘diva de la banda’ Jenni Rivera.
Thornton Winery’s Champagne Jazz concert series showcases talents like Grammy-winning George Benson with keyboardist Brian Simpson, Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, and contemporary jazz band The Rippingtons with English smooth jazz Acoustic Alchemy.
The Old Town Temecula Community Theater hosts on-stage entertainment like the hit musicals Gypsy, Evita, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; the celebrated Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco, Latin jazz artist Susie Hansen, and concert pianist Leon Bates; and tributes like Creedence (Clearwater Revival) Relived, and Abbey Road (the ultimate Beatles tribute).
Harvest Celebrations and Activities
Harvest, the most exciting time of year in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, is commemorated in many ways. From Wilson Creek’s Sunset Jazz in the Vines and Autumn Winemaker’s Dinner events, Callaway’s Harvest Festival, and Leonesse Cellars’, Mount Palomar’s, Ponte’s, and Wilson Creek’s Grape Stomps; to South Coast’s Blessing of the Wine Celebration, Callaway’s Taste of Autumn, Falkner’s Wine Appreciation, Mount Palomar’s Oktoberfest, and Monte de Oro’s Rocky Horror Halloween Bash.
Every Saturday morning, the Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers’ Markets feature autumn’s bounty with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, plus artisan foods.
Temecula Olive Oil Company offers tours at its olive ranch east of Downtown Old Town Temecula in September and October. The ranch will also be the venue for the annual Olive Harvest Festival and Autumn Slow Food Temecula Valley fundraiser events.
Peltzer Farm Pumpkin Patch offers homegrown pumpkins, many varieties of squash, numerous types of gourds, plus corn stalks and hay bales for decorating. Big Horse Feed & Corona Family Ranch and Land Company’s 12-acre Corn Field Maze invites discovery.
The Best Thanksgiving
From Downtown Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country and Pechanga Resort & Casino, special holiday menus, activities and adventures, make it a memorable holiday with family and friends.
In Old Town Temecula, make reservations at Baily’s or The Edge; in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, at Wilson Creek’s Creekside Grill or the South Coast’s Vineyard Rose; near the Rainbow Gap, at Temecula Creek Inn’s Temet Grill; or at Pechanga’s premier restaurants like Great Oak Steakhouse, Seafood Grotto, Paisano’s Italian, Pechanga Café, Kelsey’s, or the Pechanga Buffet.
Thanksgiving’s most exhilarating adventure is a sunrise, hot air balloon flight with companies like A Grape Escape, California Dreamin’, and Magical Adventures. For hiking and appreciating nature, the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is open from dawn to dusk. Meanwhile, golfers can celebrate the richness of the game at impressive courses like Temecula Creek Inn, Journey at Pechanga, Cross Creek, The Legends, and Red Hawk.
To plan a full, robust, premium varietal, Autumnfest get-away in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country – please go to VisitTemecula.org, see the Event Calendar, join “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country” on Facebook, and follow @Visit_Temecula at Twitter; or call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.
Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
VisitTemecula.org is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 501(c)6 non-profit organization is the region’s official resource for visitors, and stimulates tourism and economic activity by promoting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.