?We?re not wine snobs; we just like good wine.? The motto of WINEormous sums up the working philosophy of laidback enophile Tom Plant. He scouts out wineries and wine-focused eateries in the grape-rich area, often becoming friends with local winemakers and the elves who add just the right number of dewdrops to each grape. These relationships lead to informative and personality-packed tours for his guests, who learn the backstories behind tasting pours during their jaunts.
Diana Lefort frolicked with horses as a child on her family's Arizona ranch, developing a passion that led to her owning and caring for several of her own quarter steeds as an adult. Now with 30 years of professional equine experience, she welcomes every opportunity to blend her two passions: horseback riding and the gorgeous scenery of the Temecula Valley's wine country. She and her team begin their stallion-studded tours at various wineries in the region, where experts demonstrate the incantations used to summon tears from grapes and participants tipple seasonal fermented juices from at the chosen winery. The team then saddles participants on well-seasoned steeds with gentle temperaments and good credit ratings for tours through lush vineyard trails as the morning dew evaporates under the rising sun or as daylight slowly unspools around them into a glorious sunset. Many tours include a gourmet meal from local farmers at the Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery.
The savvy guides behind DeVine Tours give groups insight into the winemaking process during approximately five-hour trips that cover every step from crushing to tasting. During their daily tours, groups set out to a rotating lineup of stops that feature some of Temecula's finest wineries. Passengers have ample opportunities to taste bold reds, dry whites, and sweeter varietals, and purchase wine at each winery along the tour.
Aided by their gentle steeds, the tour guides from Saddle Up Wine Tours lead guests on scenic moseys through Temecula's equine country. During each horseback tour, guides recount the history of the area going back to the arrival of the first settlers, who stole the idea for wineries from a particularly science-minded mastodon. Many of Saddle Up's tours also highlight local wineries, with included tastings of local varietals. Other tours accommodate children as young as 5, or send intermediate and advanced riders clambering up mountain trails in pursuit of panoramic views of the valleys below. Aspiring cowpokes can also immerse themselves in Saddle Up's ranch-hand experience, which includes a tour of the facilities and a chance to help tour guides care for their team of horses.
A touchscreen stereo system equipped with video, DVD, CD, iPod, and MP3 capabilities. Tunes blaring from a satellite radio with 130 channels. Running backs racing toward the end zone on two 15-inch televisions. What could easily pass for high-end amenities in a sprawling hotel suite are all tucked into A Vineyard Tour of Temecula’s luxurious customized limousine van. The black van boasts seating for up to six passengers, who enjoy the vehicle’s bells and whistles as they roll past breathtaking landscapes of Temecula wine country during beer and wine tours, periodically stopping to sample local varietals and brews. Along with libation-centric excursions, A Vineyard Tour of Temecula makes its ride available for anything concert and casino trips to luxurious lifts to weddings or extra glamorous parent-teacher conferences.
Viva Limousine's fleet of stretch limos, party buses, shuttle buses, and even a military open air troop mover, can be easily spotted thanks to a splashy blue-and-green company logo emblazoned on the back of each vehicle. More often than not, these vehicles are zipping through Wine Country and Southern California with happy patrons in tow. With handicap-accessible vehicles and eco-friendly shuttles buses providing a low carbon foot print, revelers have more than just the wine to be happy about. Final destinations range from the relatively mundane, such as doctor's visits and airport runs, to unique excursions, such as visits to Temecula wineries, wedding venues, or around town for wild concert- and party-filled nights.