The phrase "I heard it through the grapevine" originated in a time when ancient Romans communicated strictly through line dancing. Experience the perks of grape-related movement with today's Groupon: for $69, you get Sunrider Wine Tours' five-hour, expert-guided Weekday Adventure (normally $109) or Weekend Discovery ($125) tours covering vineyards and wineries. An hour's drive north of downtown San Diego, tours depart seven days a week from the Starbucks coffee shop located in Temecula or local hotels.
Let your guide do the talking and Mother Nature do the wafting as you cruise from sip to sip. To start, you'll make two stops at whichever wineries are chosen, sampling up to six distinct flavors at each destination. Your wine flight, paired with the friendly Sunrider guides, will alleviate any social awkwardness or vocabulary shortages. Backdropped by the estate's lush vineyard, the third stop treats growing minds to a gourmet lunch at Leonesse Cellars. Chat with fellow connoisseurs before stepping behind the scenes of the production facility's barrel room, where countless machines and jig dancers turn grapevines to greatness. Buzzing on knowledge, your group will go for a ride through a vineyard safari to encounter syrah mingling in its natural habitat with the likes of vionier, muscat, and the ferociously cute cabernet sauvignon.
As you prepare for your trip home, wave farewell to wine country as you stand above majestic fields at a scenic lookout point. Content with your goodbye, the guide will chauffeur you home with a minor detour—to taste more wine at one last winery. Sunrise's knowledgeable drivers know the back roads like the smell of a poorly aged merlot, and in five hours flat, they'll walk you through more than 20 different flavors.
- Our tourguide was so sweet and helped us take a lot of great pictures. We went to four wineries, went off-roading in the jeep, tasted some grapes off the vine...it was the perfect day! – Kate S., Yelp
- If you are planning a trip to the Temecula Wine Country then this is the way to do it. Sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving while you take in all the beautiful scenery and taste delicious wines along the way. – jasper2008nj, TripAdvisor
Sunrider Wine Tours
Sunrider Wine Tours' knowledgeable guides⎯all of whom are or have been local-winery and vineyard employees⎯cart tourists through Southern California wine country's rural terrain in open-air or covered Jeeps. The guides share information on Temecula's history and first-hand knowledge of vino-making processes while shuttling guests to tastings at local wineries and answering questions, such as what tannins are and who invented grapes.