01/13/10

This article gives a brief history of the Pennsylvania wineries and wine industry and discusses a bit abou the wine tours that can be taken in the region.  There are over 90 wineries in Pennsylvania and they can also be experienced through the many food and wine festival events that occur throughout the year there as well.  Like the wine industry of Colorado, the wine industry began to become serious about creating wines in the region in the 70's. Read on for more neat stuff!

 

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Pennsylvania is not somewhere that you would expect to find wine or wine tours for that matter if you do not know that much about wine in the first place. The majority of people that drink wine only think of wine centers as places like California, Australia, France, Italy and so on. Pennsylvania wineries and wine tours would not even enter their conscious. However, Pennsylvania wine tours have a unique and distinctive history that should be explored to its fullest extent. Pennsylvania wine began to filter into the common market when the Farm Winery Act was passed in 1978, but wine has been made there since the 1600s. Pennsylvania is in fact the first place in the United States that began to process grapes for wine. A wine lover should take one of the many Pennsylvania wine tours at least once in your life!

The first commercial vineyard in Pennsylvania was established in 1793, although it was not until much later that Pennsylvania wine tours actually came about. The wine producers were initially beset with a variety of problems. Everything from crop failure to grape varieties not taking to the earth properly. As a result, the wine industry of the 1800s was more or less defunct with no hope of revival. There were still some growers determined to make a go of it though, and a good job too because Pennsylvania wine tours would not be a part of the modern day culture otherwise.

Pennsylvania wine tours actually became pretty much established in the mid 1800s. They actually came about when an absolute genius decided to try the landscape of the lakes for wine growing. The vineyards around Lake Eerie were planted in the mid 19th Century after the Erie canal was built for irrigation purposes and Pennsylvania has never looked back. The first winery in the region, which is now a staple part of Pennsylvania wine tours, was the South Shore Wine Cellar. As the region is now conservative in nature and does not really produce wine to the extent that it did some years ago, it is generally off limits to the Pennsylvania wine tours. You can however see the region from the comfort of a car or a bus.

It has only been in the last thirty years or so, since 1978, that wine production in Pennsylvania has begun to flourish. It is only since the early 1980s that Pennsylvania wine tours have been established and have risen dramatically in popularity ever since. The weather and general environment of the region lends itself to great production of grapes and thus also of wine. The growth of the industry has been magnificent since then, and over 90 wineries are now included in the Pennsylvania wine tours for you to experience and fully appreciate just how much the industry has all grown in the last few years. Indeed, some of the wineries actually produce fruit wines unheard of in other wineries across the country. This will definitely enhance your experience of the Pennsylvania wine tours.

Pennsylvania wine tours can show you a top ten wine-producing region in the United States. You can find a huge variety of wine types in Pennsylvania and try the various types as a part of Pennsylvania wine tours. Whatever wine you are looking for, the likelihood is that you will find it here. Pennsylvania wine tours will give you a new and unique experience so be sure to book on one as soon as you can!

01/02/10

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This article is a fairly detailed article about some of the things to really take note of when you want to purchase a wine tour package.  Wine tours can look like anything from limosine, to biking, to walking, to bus tours, to driving in your own vehicle with everything pre-arranged.  If you haven't gone on a tour before, you may want to go on an organized tour yourself ot know the ropes before doing something on your own.  Read on for the types of things consider when scheduling and going on a wine tour.

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When you decide to go for a wine tour, you can plan to visit either California or France to know about viticulture since both have plenty of popular vineyards and varieties of wines to taste in your wine tour package. Based on your financial affordability and availability of time, you can select any wine producing region, nonetheless you are going to have a memorable experience.

It is convenient if you arrange your wine tour package through a travel agent after you decide on the place of visit and the number of tourists who are going to opt the wine tour package. You can get tour guides and drivers who are professionally skillful if you arrange your trip through a reputed travel agency. They maintain good relationship with most popular wineries of the region and his comes handy for the strangers in making the right choice of wineries for their visit during their tour.

Facilities Offered in Wine Tour Packages

You can customize your wine tour package by selecting convenient tour times, itinerary, wineries; mode of transport etc., Tourists have the option of being picked up from hotel and dropped off there. They are also offered free refreshments and mineral water during the stay there at the hotel.  If your group constitutes more than 40 members, you can get a coach with bathroom facility.  Tour guide would help you in selecting the place of visit and would also give the details and tips regarding the varieties of wineries available in that area. They would also have an idea about the tasting fees charged in each winery.  Tour guides would also be in a position to help you in seeing historical places and sight seeing spots adjacent to the vineyards.

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Special Packages

If you fix your trip by opting for special wine tour package, you can get your accommodation in a star hotel, enjoy pick-up and drop-up facilities, visit several wineries, take up free picnic lunch and souvenir wine glass as wine gifts during your tour. Wine countries have splendid sprawling ranches with endless miles of vineyards and orchards that can offer timeless enjoyment to the tourist who stroll through them.  There are packages that offer stay for the entire day in the local wine industry by offering unforgettable wine tasting sessions and offering information about the history of that winery/vineyard.

Picnic Notes

When you are going to move around in vineyard, it is essential to dress such that would be able to walk freely. As the day time is suitable for roaming around, protect your eyes from the direct sunlight with the help of sunglasses and apply sufficient sunscreen.  Light jacket or sweater can also be taken for that would be helpful in confronting the unexpected weather.

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What to Look for in Wine Tour Packages?

If you are interested in knowing the viticulture of the area, tasting techniques and the basics of wine production, opt for the popular vine tour packages.  Tour guides provided by the hotels will show your group, stunning award-winning wineries and vineyards.  One night stay at a luxury room, continental breakfast, the chance of tasting 25 different wines in a day, freshly prepared lunch, personal attention by helpers and a dedicated/knowledgeable tour guide can really make your trip perfect.


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12/24/09

This article disucsses some of the wine tours that occur in the Temecula valley and how the experience of these wine tours differs from winery tours in other regions such as Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley.  Temecula has a huge wine festival every year that is very well known.  The wineries of the Temecula region are featured and this event gives the wineries of the region a chance to get more exposure.

Get to know the Temecula Wine Region!

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There are certainly worldwide locations that are synonymous with the production of wine and the tours in those places are extremely well known and very popular. However, there are still a few largely unheard of locations that you should really make the most of before they are taken over by tourists. Temecula wine tours take place in just one such location because the majority of people will not realise that wine production occurs there.

You will be discovering a whole new world of wine if you choose to go on Temecula wine tours. You will find that they are so much different from tours anywhere else in the world that you will be experiencing something completely new and unique, even if you have been on a variety of wine tours before. Temecula wine tours are extremely luxurious and extravagant, even to the trained eye
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Temecula wine tours take place in a very different setting to most other wines. The scenery is more stunningly archaic and classical than lush! It will certainly give you a different perspective on wine and the way in which it is made! You may have sampled the wine before because it is largely imported all over the world, but going on a Temecula wine tour will certainly help you to understand why the wine is as good as it is.


Temecula wine tours are carefully planned by all of the companies offering them, and their organization is extremely novel given that other wine tours are just roughly planned out. The Temecula wine tours guides are very well versed in their chosen subject and will be able to answer any and all questions that you throw at them. They all have a genuine interest in wine rather than simply doing it as a day job.

Temecula wine tours may be extremely comprehensive and may also be amongst the best in the world, but they are also cheap in comparison to some other wine tours out there. The Temecula wine tours are not all that well known, but cater to those who are genuinely interested in wine therefore they make it as available to everyone as they possibly can. Despite the fact that few people have heard of this region, the waiting lists are surprisingly long for all Temecula wine tours. It may be wise to book on one or two Temecula wine tours well before you visit the region to be sure of getting onto one.

Temecula wine tours are definitely worth their weight in gold and are well worth waiting for. They will revolutionize your wine experience so book up while you can!


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12/12/09

This article talks about the wineries in the New York State Finger Lakes Region.  The Finger Lakes region has some excellent weather for growing wine grapes,  Their Reislings are good quality as well as some of their other wines.  This article talks about one of the ways to see the wineries in the Seneca Lake region, which is via a wine train.  This is also a great way to experience the scenery and the small town feel of the region.  As the wines from this region become more popular, they will easily rival the wines coming out of California today.  Read on for how to find out more info about reserving a wine train seat for yourself.

Finger Lakes is one of the more beautiful regions of New York and the region produces quality wine. Now there is a train trip designed to explore the wineries of the region!

The Finger Lakes of western New York make up an abundant wine producing region. This area is what makes New York the second largest wine producing state (behind California) in the US. Named for their long thin shape, the Finger Lakes (and the region surrounding them) create a climate perfect for growing grapes and producing many different types of wines – from dry champagnes to full bodied Pinot Noir. With flavors rivaling those found in French wines, the 30 plus wineries of the Finger Lakes region have become a popular draw for tourists – and wine train tours Finger Lakes area offers are also a great way to pass time here.

The Finger Lakes Scenic Railway (315-374-4994) is a great way to see the Finger Lakes area – but it is not specifically geared towards wine tours. Instead, this railway is available to tourists visiting the Finger Lakes region who want to enjoy a nostalgic ride along a section of railroad track dating back to 1835. Reopened as a commercial and freight track back in 1995, this 118 mile long section of track offers commercial customers a way to transport their items through central and western New York. In 2000, the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway opened its services up to passengers who wanted to relive the train travel experience.

Public excursions are scheduled every month of the year, with parties, dinners and other activities included along with the train ride. You can also hire the train for private excursions – some people choose to book the Railway for parties and weddings, while others choose to take group wine tours and other trips along the railroad. Once your ride on the rails is finished (it starts in Geneva, New York and you can also return to this depot), you can choose to explore one of the three main wine trails located in the Finger Lakes region.

While there are no specific wine train tours Finger Lakes offers, you can definitely enjoy the Seneca Lake Wine Trail after a scenic trip on the Railway. With 31 vineyards located on this trail alone, you will be sure to find a winery that produces a wine you will enjoy. Starting in Geneva at the northern tip of Seneca Lake, and ending in Watkins Glen, you will find all of these wineries dotting the shores of the lake. Popular Finger Lakes wineries like Fox Run Vineyards and Penguin Bay Winery and Champagne House are located among the selection of wineries here, and this area is a perfect compliment to your railway ride.

Enjoying the scenery of western New York while visiting the many vineyards in the Finger Lakes area can turn a short trip into a longer, more relaxing one. Be sure to plan plenty of time to do some sightseeing as well as wine tasting when you try the wine train tours of Finger Lakes.

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07/05/09

Permalink 03:03:23 pm by main, Categories: Wine Tours

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  • One doesn't normally think of Texas and Wine tour in the same thought, but apparently there are some treasures to be experienced in regards to the Texas wineries. They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but we'll see if that also applies to the wineries as well! Anyway, read on as this article talks about some of the Texas wine tours that you can experience.
  • Most people have distinct associations with Texan – the steak, the ranch, and so on, but nobody would ever think to associate wine with it! Believe it or not, Texas wine tours are the state’s concession to culture. Texas seems to have a culture of its own, but the wine tours that they have actually lends itself to the wider workings of the world. Texas actually makes very fine wines. Texas wine tours may be nowhere near as famous as the California wine tours for example, but they are definitely worth a look if you are interested in wine. A tour through the Texas Hill country will lead you to several excellent wineries and give you a whole new experience!

    When the Germans settles in Texas over a hundred years ago, they brought the grape along with them and found that they took to the land well. As a result the vineyards, and Texas wine tours, were born. However, there are a number of vineyards in the region that specialize in Italian and French wines as well as the German ones that gave rise to the wineries and trends. Texas Red is the main brand that can be seen on the supermarket shelves these days.

    Texas wine tours will take you round all of the local wineries and will generally give you a great day out with a barbecue lunch thrown in for good measure. The wineries are well-rounded places that have expanded in their scope to tray and attract more individuals that may not have otherwise been interested. However, the nature of the Texas wine tours mean that more and more individuals are attracted to them every year. The tours will take you within spitting distance of the Wildseed Farm and Market Centre, which are the biggest farms in the United States at the moment and attract tourists as a result. You can therefore experience rural Texas all in one go by taking part in the Texas wine tours offered.

    There are a number of companies that offer Texas wine tours so you should research them all before choosing the ones that you want to goon. You can find them readily enough on the Internet and all of the information about them will be on there waiting for you. Some wineries use imported grapes, others use homegrown ones and you can go and taste the difference between the two. There are tasting rooms, cellars, vineyards and wineries. Whatever you are looking for, I guarantee that you can find it when you look at Texas wine tours.

    Whichever Texas wine tours you go on, you should take the time to visit Fredericksburg when you are in the area. The wineries there are simply awesome. You can take part in tasting sessions as well as sample the town’s culture and beautiful eateries. Fredericksburg was actually founded by the Germans settling in the area and specializes in Riesling wine. You can sample all of the varieties they have to offer though at a number of places. A trip here will put a different spin on your Texas wine tour and make it all the more memorable for the right reasons!

    You can also find more info on North American Wine Tours and Wine Tours In New York. Bestwinetourguide.com is a comprehensive resource to known more about wine.


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    02/24/09

    Permalink 02:25:50 pm by main, Categories: Wine Tours

    This article titled Wine Tours - North Carolina Wine Country Offers Surprises, talks about the different wineries including the Duplin Winery, which is the oldest winery in North Carolina. North Carolina isn't a small player when it comes to wine production in the US. With over 70 wineries in the state, there is something for everyone. Read on to find out more about how you can experience the Duplin Winery and other North Carolina wineries through wine tours.

    Being a lifelong student of history and geography, I've always been drawn to places that offer a sense of historical pride and geographical diversity. Quite possibly there's no state which offers more of both than North Carolina. North Carolina is a study in contrasts. And through the course of experiencing those contrasts, more than a few very pleasant surprises await.

    One look at a map of North Carolina tells part of the story. In the far western part of the state, the Appalachian mountains provide a scenic backdrop. The central Piedmont area is home to growing cities along with a technological hub. Further east is a naturalists paradise - windswept beaches, coastal plains, and picturesque harborside communities.

    Amidst it all, the North Carolina wine industry thrives. In vineyards and wineries from the mountains to the coast, North Carolina boasts the 10th largest grape and wine production in the United States. Each distinct North Carolina area offers different varieties of grapes, producing quite possibly one of the widest variety of wine styles in the country.

    Here in North Carolina, growers still produce the hardy muscadine grape, a staple in southeastern states. Yet, this is just one small part of grape growing and wine growing here. Vintners in the mountain and Piedmont region of North Carolina have planted traditional European grape varieties and French-American Hybrids, with the result being a surprising and ever evolving selection of wines for travelers and wine lovers.

    Exploring North Carolina Wine

    Four unique wineries sit in this far southeastern corner of North Carolina. Each offers a take on wines made with a distinctly southern grape, the muscadine. And yet, all four also offer a wide range of wine styles suitable for any palate.

    Just over the South Carolina border, Silver Coast Winery offers a tranquil respite 15 minutes inland from the Atlantic coast. This winery has garnered several international wine competition awards and among other offerings, turns out an impressive oak chardonnay.

    In historic Wilmington, a charming port city and site of numerous tv and movie filmings, you'll find Lumina Winery. Lumina is well known for their adventurous fruit wines. Try their unique black rasberry merlot or the wonderfully balanced semi sweet white offerings.

    Slightly inland from Wilmington just off of Interstate 40, you'll discover two more wineries, including North Carolina's largest and oldest, Duplin Winery. Duplin produces over 250,000 cases a year and their Hatteras Red is quite possibly North Carolina's most well known wine. Nearby is Bannerman Vineyard and Winery, producing muscadine varieties from their on site vineyard. Be sure to sample their White Oak semi sweet white, a fruity and approachable white table wine.

    North Carolina's wine industry continues to grow and thrive. There are now over 70 wineries in the state and three distinct grape growing areas. Whether it's the mountains in the western part of the state, the central Piedmont area, or the wind swept coast, you'll find great wine and true southern hospitality.

    Interested in wine travel and learning about unique small wineries? Visit us to further explore this and other wine trails, and while you're there be sure to subscribe to our free bi-weekly online wine travelogue. We'll be waiting for you at http://www.winetrailsusa.com

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    01/02/09

    Permalink 01:20:14 am by main, Categories: Wine Tours

    This article is about how to do budget wine tours in Sonoma County. There are many different viticultural areas in California and each one has their own unique experience. Sonoma County wine tours are no different, as each area has their own wine tour experience. You can do a bicycle tour or a rental car. This article talks about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of budget Sonoma County wine tour.

    Their Day in Wine Country: A Concierge and Tour Guide Manual for Visiting the Wineries of Napa and Sonoma

    If you love wine tours then you will absolutely love the ones offered by the wine growers of Sonoma Valley. However, unlike some of the other wine tours offered elsewhere can be extremely expensive and price those on a strict budget out. Budget Sonoma wine tours can be taken with a bicycle or with designated drivers at the wheel of a rental car. If you do not want to scrape your knees then the latter may be the best option for you!

    There are distinct disadvantages associated with both types of budget Sonoma wine tours. You will obviously be prone to falling off a bicycle if you take up that budget Sonoma wine tours option. However, choosing a designated driver presents a hazard for the person that cannot sample the wines. He or she often will sample the wine regardless and thus are at risk of having an accident and harming someone. However, you can actively choose either as part of you vacation plan. There are plenty of companies willing to come up with a budget Sonoma wine tour for you, even if you have the lowest budget going!

    Choosing to go on budget Sonoma wine tours is easy, but choosing the tour for you may prove to be more difficult! There are so many options for you out there to choose from. There are local companies that will provide almost any vehicle going for budget Sonoma wine tours, from limos to cars to buses. You can really tailor your budget Sonoma wine tours to suit your very specific wants and needs

    You can hire a stretch limousine for around $50 per person if there are a few of you looking for good budget Sonoma wine tours. This option is far more luxurious and better than having a designated driver. You are in a limo for a start, but also have a chauffeur so you will not have to worry about the designated driver drinking and endangering all of his or her passengers. These budget Sonoma wine tours encompass a whole range of wineries and thus can give you a proper taste of the valley.

    Budget Sonoma wine tours will take you on trip to several wineries that have a vast range of wines available for tasting. You can find almost every wine type under the sun there, and all produced by family owned businesses that have been alive for generations. They hold secrets and stories that you never had dreamed of, and these will vastly improve your budget Sonoma wine tours. To top off your trip, you can actually buy wines that are only available at the wineries and thus will give you an exclusive memento of your budget Sonoma wine tours!

    You can also find more information at Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours and North American Wine Tours. Bestwinetourguide.com is a comprehensive resource to known more about wine.

    10/11/08

    Permalink 01:21:37 am by main, Categories: Wine Tours

    The wines of New York State have been making a name for themselves over the years and now rival the wines of California, from Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the longest running wine trail in New York State. With over fifteen wineries and sixty restaurants, bed and breakfasts and tour companies, you will want to spend the entire week-end on a wine, culinary and scenic experience.

    Cayuga Lake is one of the five Finger Lakes nestled in the center of New York State. Its climate is idea for growing grapes. The wineries of the Cayuga Lake area lie 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse, 2 hours from Buffalo, 4 hours from New York City 6 hours from Boston and 2½ hours from Albany, the state capitol. The wineries lie all along the west and east sides of the lake with the majority of them on the west side of the lake. Visitors can also experience Watkins Glen state park as well as visit Cornell University, which are near the wineries. Picturesque and breathtaking waterfalls and other natural splendors along the lake create a relaxing atmosphere while traveling along the wine trail.

    The Cayuga lake wine trail is a year-round experience, and each season brings about a different set of activities and experiences to enjoy as you sample the wines and visit some of the old historic towns. Some of the wineries along the trail include the Montezuma Winery, the Swedish Hill Vineyard, the Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard, the Knapp Winery, the Goose Watch Winery, the Buttonwood Grove Winery, the Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, the Thirsty Owl Wine Company, the Hosmer Winery, the Seldrake Point Vineyard, the Lucas Vineyards, the Americana Vineyards, the Six Mile Creek Vineyard, the King ferry Winery, and the Long Point Winery.

    You can find tour and transportation companies that include everything from executive limousine service to a party bus for any size group. You can find the information from the Seneca county tourism or the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. Many of these tour companies are located in the towns near Cayuga Lake.

    The wine country in the Cayuga Lake area offers year-round events that include everything from festivals to special dinners. Many of the individual wineries also hold their own events that range from wine tastings to wine dinners. Almost every month there is a Cayuga Wine Trail event that will be a festival, a tour, or a celebration. The first event starts in February with the annual Mardi Gras, and ends in December with the annual Holiday Shopping Spree. A wine lover can buy a season pass to these Cayuga Wine Trail events and they are transferable if you would like to treat a friend or family member.

    Watkins Glen, just off of the Cayuga Lake trail and right below Seneca Lake, hosts the region’s largest celebration of wine featuring over 75 wineries. The festival occurs every July and is a great place to experience not only the Cayuga Lake wines, but the wines from the rest of the Finger Lakes Region as well.

    New York wines are quickly becoming the worlds most well know secret when it comes to wines outside of California. Their variety and quality matches that of the more well know wine producing areas in the country, and the scenery of the Finger Lakes area is not to be matched by other regions in the country.

    10/10/08

    Permalink 01:42:09 am by main, Categories: Wine Tours

    This is a great article that gives some very detailed information on the new Temecula Wineries and some of the lodging that is available in the area. If you are planning a wine tour in the Temecula area, this is a great article to read beforehand to get some info on some Temecula wineries to visit. I haven't been to any of these places myself yet, but I am looking forward to visiting some of these wineries.

     

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    Wineries: San Diego County and the Temecula Valley

     

    Temecula, California, may have just 1/10th the number of wineries you find in Napa, but the local wine-tasting experience is earning high marks from travelers who have checked it out. Located just off the well-traveled Interstate 15, between Temecula vineyard Riverside and San Diego, the gently rolling hills and scenic vineyards of the Temecula wineries now are becoming a destination in their own right. Not just a gimmick to boost local tourism, the wineries of Temecula make good wine - and presumably good money - turning the fruit of the Valley into wines that are satisfying even the most sophisticated palates.

     

    New wineries are coming on board every year, according to Linda Kissam, executive director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Big resorts are opening, too, such as the South Coast Winery's new Resort and Spa that was estimated to cost $20 million but cost well over that. Not to worry - the resort already is on its way to paying off that investment with its 76 villas booked solid on weekends even before the resort was completely finished. "The whole goal here," says Mark Zovic, South Coast's general manager, "is for Temecula wineries to be taken seriously." With many more visitors every year making Temecula part of their Southern California vacation plans, it seems like the area is now being taken plenty seriously. Zovic compares Temecula wineries to the Napa Valley of 20 years ago when its tourism infrastructure was catching up with the growing popularity of the region. But one of the local winemakers pointed out there is a big difference - many of Temecula's wines are already considered competitive with Napa and certainly not 20 years behind in the attainment of overall quality.

     

    One vintner who feels pretty good about the quality of his Palumbo wines is Nick Palumbo, a 38-year-old grape grower who just two years ago opened his own winery, Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery. Picture a 20-year-old rambler farmhouse set on 12 acres of vineyards and you see that the emphasis in this business is on family. The oak barrels containing the 1,500 cases of wine he produces each year are piled high in what was once Palumbo's three-car garage. Palumbo grows the grapes and "drives the tractor every day" up and down his vineyard rows to make sure the four varieties of grapes he is using will be the quality needed for his special wines. He's an example of what you'll find elsewhere in Temecula - a vintner who is willing to stand there a few minutes and tell you how it's done. That's another difference from Napa, the locals say: almost all of the Temecula wineries are family-owned. "If I didn't have control of the vineyards," Palumbo says, "I wouldn't have control of the quality." Palumbo says the reason his mom-and-pop operation can produce wine commanding the highest prices of all Temecula wineries is "I can do a lot more tricks than the other guys can." For example, he can split his lots and make a big difference in taste by using different yeast in each lot and then blending the two together.

     

    Over at Ponte Family Estate Winery, the emphasis is a little different, according to owner Roberto Ponte. "I was confused before," Ponte explains. "I thought it was all about the wine." The people who visit his winery, Ponte says, are interested Pontein a getaway experience, and wine just happens to be part of that. Beginning with a concept of "a day in the country," Ponte set about to create a kind of mini-theme park all built around his winery and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards.

    Opening in the summer of 2003, Ponte Family Estate Winery offers one of the Valley's largest tasting rooms and a gift shop - similar to what you find in Napa - and also serves gourmet California cuisine in the popular Smokehouse Café. Visitors are encouraged to stroll the grounds of the winery where they will find park-like pathways and exhilarating vineyard views in addition to the many features of the winery such as the giant stainless steel containers, the wine storage area ("where the wine sleeps," Ponte says) and other buildings and processes related to winemaking. The setting is popular with couples who choose the winery for a wedding backdrop, and Ponte has a large event tent used for meetings and parties.

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    Temecula Wine Country: The Undiscovered Jewel Of Southern California

    With the exception of the new South Coast villas, most of the accommodations near Temecular wineries are bed-and-breakfasts or small inns, and there aren't many of them. That's one reason that Luis and Sherry DiBernardo are enjoying early success with their new bed-and-breakfast inn, the Castle. The Castle was built three years ago but one wing was left unfinished in case they wanted to become innkeepers. In January of this year, they did just that. Guests can roam throughout their landscaped grounds to Dibernardosenjoy the countryside views that begin with the swimming pool and groves of olive trees right on the property. The Castle itself is not just a name - the European décor and furnishings, the high ceilings and chandeliers all add to the medieval feeling. One end of the Great Room has a stone wall and long breakfast table befitting King Arthur. Medieval paintings cover another wall. The four guestrooms also share in this motif to one extent or another, and most include Jacuzzi tubs. For the DiBernardos, Temecula's burgeoning wine industry and the wide open spaces were enough to lure them from the San Fernando Valley, where Louis had been involved for many years in investment banking.

    The couple bought the property because they loved the 'crickets, frogs and stars in the sky' and now it's like getting paid to have a party every weekend." Visitors to Temecula wineries will find they can reasonably visit between four and six wineries in a day - most of the wineries are clustered in an area along Rancho California Road. But wineries are not the only attraction in town - the city's Historic Oldtown is a popular day trip for people from surrounding communities. A number of historical buildings are highlighted in a walking tour of the area, and there are many festivals held throughout the year to bring attention to the area.

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    If shopping is your thing, about 15 miles north on Interstate 15 is the Lake Elsinore Outlet Mall, which includes dozens of outlet stores, each offering discount prices on brand name merchandise. There are seven championship golf courses in the area, as well as lakes for fishing. And, if you want to try something totally unique, local hot air balloon companies will give you an angle on the valley you won't get from anywhere else - a dreamy view from hundreds of feet above the gorgeous Temecula Valley Wine Country.

    AT A GLANCE WHERE: Temecula is located on Interstate 15, about half way between San Diego and Riverside. Much of the Temecula Valley Wine Country is just a few miles east of I-15 on Rancho California Road. Temecula is easily included in any Southern California vacation itinerary.

    WHAT: Temecula wineries have become a popular day trip for Southern Californians, but now is beginning to become a destination resort area with several new accommodations being built in the past couple of years. With many lodging rates in Temecula still reasonable, those looking for cheap vacations need look no further. It's an easy, no-muss, no-fuss way to visit California wineries.

    WHEN: Any time of year. California wineries generally harvest August to September and you can see more of the grape and wine production activities at that time. Temperatures are best in the winter months. Weekends are quite busy, so weekdays are highly recommended. If you go on a weekend, visit the most popular tasting rooms in the morning, about 10 a.m. when they open. If you're booking one of the local inns and resorts, be sure to ask about travel deals and vacation packages. Sometimes last minute travel deals are available.

    WHY: Temecula is a good place to visit California wineries and be able to talk one-on-one with vintners and see how they make wine. And, like other wine-growing regions, it's very scenic.

    HOW: For more information on Temecula wineries and accommodations, contact the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association at (800) 801-WINE or visit www.temeculawines.org. Cary Ordway is president of Getaway Media Corp which publishes websites focused on regional travel. Among the sites offered by GMC are http://www.californiaweekend.com - focused on California beach vacations and other getaways, and http://www.northwesttraveladvisor.com - which covers Pacific Northwest travel.

     

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    • temeculawines.org

    09/30/08

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    This is a good article about some tips you need to consider when you are taking a tour of some local wineries. Many of these tips are obvious, however there are a few that make you say ... "Hmmm, I wouldn't have thought o that!" This is a great place to start when you are looking for information to plan your next winery trip.

    1 - Plan your trip and call ahead

    You've got your winery map in front of you. So plan a route and
    be realistic about how long it'll take you to drive from winery
    to winery. Can you really cover 50km of twisty road in 30
    minutes? Be honest about what you can do in one day and more
    importantly, what you can enjoy in one day. It's not a race to
    log the most tasting notes in 48 hours. Stop... Look... Taste...
    Listen... Learn... And most importantly enjoy the day. Call each
    winery a few days before your weekend. Not all small wineries
    open every day and some close altogether over winter. Plan your
    trip and leave time to enjoy your stay at each winery. About 1
    hour should do.

    2 - Line up a designated driver

    You've probably already figured out where you want to stay the
    night. But you still need to get from winery to winery. Find
    someone who doesn't drink or is willing to not drink this one
    weekend. It's just plain easier and safer for you.

    3 - Wear something comfortable and dark

    For shoes, leave the stilettos and designer heels home this
    weekend. Wear something you're comfortable walking and standing
    in. Not every winery will have space for you to sit down so you
    may be standing most of the day. And wear comfy dark clothes.
    Dark clothes hide whatever you or more likely someone else
    spills on you. And it's easier than having to change or walk
    around looking like Spot the dog for the day.

    4 - Go easy on the after shave or perfume

    A huge part of what you taste comes from the smell. That's why
    food always tastes flat when you've got a blocked nose. It's
    much easier to pick up the spice in the Merlot when you're not
    battling with the Old Spice from the person next to you.

    5 - Have a decent breakfast and plan a good lunch

    You'll stay sober longer and you'll get the best from your days
    away with a decent breakfast under your belt. It's no fun
    getting smashed by 11am on the first day when you've still got a
    dozen wineries to visit. Get a decent breakfast and leave time
    for a good lunch. Either bring your own picnic basket and eat
    out in the vines or eat in. If you've planned lunch at someplace
    small and far away then please book ahead. Often it'll be the
    only thing for miles and remember, plan ahead and you'll enjoy
    your weekend away much, much more.

    6 - Get there early

    We know, from experience that afternoons are busiest. So try and
    get out of home and be at the first winery bang on opening time.
    Whoever's behind the bar will have more time to spend with you,
    you'll have a better time and you'll learn more.

    7 - Taste the wines in order of lightest and driest to strongest
    and sweetest

    Tasting fine wines is just like enjoying a fine dinner. You
    start off with a light entrée and you finish with the sticky
    date pudding. Just imagine what your prawn cocktail tastes like
    after your ice cream? Start with the light whites and finish
    with the ports.

    8 - Learn to spit

    If you swallowed everything you tasted in one day on the road,
    you'd be hammered by lunchtime. Learn to spit. It's an accepted
    and expected thing to do in the wine world. But please...
    practice at home first.

    9 - Don't stress about taking tasting notes

    Remember you're out to enjoy your weekend and your wines and not
    check the boxes on a score sheet. Grab the wines you like on the
    day (please keep them out of the boot on a 40C degree day). And
    get yourself on the winery mailing list. Most wineries will have
    a newsletter and tasting notes online. So don't worry about
    scribbling notes that you'll probably lose on the way home. Once
    you're on the mailing list you can order your favourite wines
    anytime.

    10 - Keep drinking water all day long

    Sipping wines and travelling all day dries you out. Carry your
    water bottle with you, keep it topped up and keep sipping all
    day. It just means you keep tasting wines longer and don't flake
    out early on.

    11 - What goes in, must come out

    Use the toilets at each stop. I know it sounds obvious and we're
    not 3 years old anymore, but we see all sorts of strange things.
    So stop at the loo whenever you get a chance.

    12 - Enjoy they stay

    Relax and go with the flow and just have a good time. Don't rush
    as it's not a race. If you don't get through your planned route,
    then so be it. There'll always be another weekend and hey, do
    you really need an excuse for another wine weekend away?
    Remember... You'll be in a new area enjoying new things, new
    wines and meeting new people. Just kick back and enjoy the
    experience.

    About the author:
    Peter Svans owns The Gurdies Winery. The winery produces premium
    cool climate low preservative wines in Australia. The weekly
    newsletter gives a unique ‘this day in wine’ feature along
    with winery and vineyard news. Sign up at the website…

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    Almost all of the major wine regions usually sponsor a wine tour, or have one of their own with their own winery. To get a better experience of the wines in a particular area, it is usually a good idea to take the wine tours that go to several wineries. They can be as simple as a bike tour to an expensive yacht trip.

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