Tasting room hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. For groups of 6 or more, call first: (951) 302-7601 ext. 2
Why go: Wide range of whites, reds and more, excellent restaurant, beautiful scenery.
Leoness Cellars is easy to find on the southern of the two main Temecula Valley wine trails. These trails travel east-to-west and have vineyards and tasting rooms all along them, much like Highway 29 or Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. When arriving, don’t try parking in front, that lot is always full. Pull around back to the main parking lot.
The tasting room has three bars and very friendly staff. Like many of the wineries in the area, the host gives each person a card and then marks the card with the wine tasted as each is poured. This makes it easy to taste a couple wines, break for lunch, then return to complete the flight. Private tours and tastings are available with advance reservations.
There are a lot of varietals produced by Leoness, plus many styles. Simple reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, blends), whites (Viognier, Melange de Blanc), sparkling and dessert wine. Prices range from whites in mid-$20’s to reds around $100.
Besides the well-kept gardens and beautiful hilltop scenery, the tasting room and Restaurant at Leoness Cellars are worth the drive, which is about 15 minutes from downtown Temecula. The Restaurant is outdoor seating, though fully covered, and the food and service are excellent. They don’t take reservations, so check in with the hostess when you arrive and they will call for you in the tasting room when a table is available.
One of the wineries you should definitely visit in Temecula Valley.