Claude Rocha Culinary hotspots in Southern California Wine Country
Named one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations by Wine Enthusiast this year, Temecula Valley is not only home to more than 40 wineries – from pioneers like Callaway, Palomar, and Hart to newer spots like Doffo – but an up-and-coming culinary scene with artisan eateries helmed by local chefs whose menus showcase much of the great local produce on offer there. Whether looking to fine dine at a winery restaurant, grab lunch to go or sit down for cocktails in a hidden speakeasy – Temecula Valley has a lot to offer the discerning epicure.
Framed by rolling vineyard-covered hills and picturesque vistas, whether coming to explore Wine Country or Temecula’s historic Old Town, the region makes an easy day trip or fun weekend staycation destination being an easy hour’s drive from San Diego. If you can’t make it out during September, which marks the 15th annual California Wine Month, Temecula Valley hosts festive celebrations throughout the holidays, plus year-round wine and walking food tours.