After spending a day in Disneyland, our road trip continued south. We had about an hour drive to Temecula Valley, where we stopped to participate in a family wedding. What a great place for such an important day! And the wedding of course, was at one of the wineries in Temecula Wine Country.
Temecula is best known for it's wineries and the Old Town. It is conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego, only an hour drive from San Diego and a couple hours from L.A.. So some people call it the Napa Valley of Southern California. Since Temecula is a valley, it gets high temperatures during the day, but the weather cools off for the night time. This makes it a perfect location for growing wine grapes. In May and June mornings they sometimes get a marine layer spreading out to the valley cooling off the grapes. There are about 40 wineries in Temecula Wine Country.
In downtown Temecula the buildings date all the way to the 1890's. Today, they are full of restaurants, tasting rooms, antique stores and boutiques. Every year Temecula hosts a Balloon and Wine Festival and vintage car shows.
Our main event was at a winery called Europa Village. We enjoyed the wedding festivities and had so much fun! The actual ceremony was held at a beautiful spot right by the grape vines. I am not very familiar with the wines that Temecula produces, but I would think that they don't produce enough to be sold all over the country. That being said, one could find some really nice unique wines from here. Since I'm currently pregnant, I didn't have a chance to taste them but hopefully I can return later to drink some.
Temecula is a great little stop if you are passing by, but I woulnd't compare it to Napa Valley yet. Maybe someday...