Best Vineyards in Southern California
If you’re heading to California to do some wine tasting, chances are you’re checking out Napa, Sonoma and some of the other vineyards located in the northern region that have become a popular tourist destination for wine lovers. But Southern California shouldn’t be overlooked. California’s southern region has some wonderful vineyards of its own and often times they are less crowded and more elegant than the ones on the beaten paths of Northern California. Whether you like white, reds or bubblies–or all of the above–Southern California has great offerings for you. Here are some of the most spectacular vineyards in the lower half of California.
This lovely vineyard in Temecula is one of the best in the area. It has an understated elegance that has brought much acclaim and the almond Champagne they are known for has won many international wine awards over the years. The gardens are beautiful and filled with luxurious roses, and the tasting room has a wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly staff. Take a long tour in order to sample the grenache Rose and petite sirah, among many other of their very best wines.
Also in Temecula Valley, this ranch offers an old-fashioned winery experience that is unique and original. It offers a horse-led carriage ride–a fantastic way to see the beautiful hill and vineyards of the valley. After you’ve seen all of the beautiful sights, head into one of the tasting rooms to try the decadent wines–cabernets, merlots and syrahs are Longshadow’s specialty. There is also the Cowboy Bistro, which offers delightfully light and organic fare made with the area’s best ingredients.
Situated on 38 acres of wonderful, luscious vines, the South Coast winery is a decadent escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Los Angeles. The sun and soil work their magic on the grapes here–and the winemakers sure do know what they’re doing! South Coast’s varietals have won many awards for their intense flavors and well-rounded tastes. And there is no shortage of options here, either–this vineyard produces four collections, all combinations of sauvignon blanc, merlot and sirahs. Take a tour of the vineyard to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes.
The word leoness means “village of dreams,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this world-class vineyard. It strives to produce some of the finest wines in the world, and when you visit you get to enjoy them in a quiet, peaceful setting that is absolutely enchanting. Founded in 2003, Leoness has perfected its wine-making process and churns out some of the most wonderful viogniers, sirahs, cabernet francs, merlots and many others that you can find in the whole world. The red wines are aged in small oak barrels, giving them an added complexity and enhancing the natural flavors of the grapes. Take a tour to really savor the beauty of the countryside.
There are a lot of luxurious spots to choose from in Southern California, but be sure not to miss these elegant vineyards on your wine tasting tour!