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The beautiful vineyards at Mount Palomar Winery, one of the oldest wineries in the Temecula Valley.

Q. This looks like a well-established winery; how long have you been here?
A. The vineyards were planted in 1969, and we began making our own wines in 1975. We were the second winery in the region.

Q. How many acres of vines do you grow?
A. We currently grow 55 acres of estate grapes and will be adding approximately 20 acres a year for the next several years. 

Q. How many grape varieties do you grow?
A. We grow an amazing sixteen varieties of winegrapes. This makes for some very interesting wines, particularly in our ability to blend flavors.

Q. Where can we buy your wines?
A. The best way is to purchase directly from the winery. A number of our wines are available only at the winery, and we do not have broad distribution through the wholesale market. You can order here on our website, or call the winery at 1-800-854-5177. Wine orders are sent by common carrier on a daily basis, Monday through Friday.

Q. Can you ship to me in my home state?
A. We can definitely ship to any state listed on the website, but if you do not see your state listed here, please call the winery. Regulations are changing rapidly, and we may be able to arrange an alternate way to get your wine to you.

Q. What are the strengths of the Temecula Valley Wine Region?

A. The climate, though very changeable, is moderate by most measures. That is good for many winegrape varieties. The loose, granitic soils are not highly fertile and are low in water holding capacity. Those characteristics are highly sought after in the wine world, since they naturally limit the vine to low crop yields, balanced fruit and leaf ratios on the vine, and achieve ripeness easily in most years.

Q. What are your best wines?
A. That’s a tough question, since we make so many wines. Experience has shown us that most whites do very well on our light, granitic soils. Mediterranean varieties like Cortese and Viognier are especially good, but so are cooler climate varieties like Riesling, if they are picked early. In the reds, the Italians say that the Tuscan variety Sangiovese, which we introduced to Temecula, “likes dry feet”, and the same can be said for Syrah, another Mediterranean variety. Both do very well in Temecula under the proper viticultural care. We also like the traditional Bordeaux varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, but we like them best in a classic blend to even out the effects of our changeable climate.