Part of the unique ambiance of the Temecula Valley is the result  the small family owned and operated wineries.  These small family wineries are what provides Temecula with its character and charm. 

 The smaller wineries often have limited hours of operation and some require advance reservations.  Because of the limited hours of operation, many do not allow limos or shuttles, which leaves the wine tasting experience a more intimate experience rather than the hustle and bustle associated with the larger corporate owned and operated wineries that exist in the valley.  The best part of these family owned and operated wineries is that the owners and/or their family members are often times pouring the wines and sharing their vibrant stories of Temecula! 

 Check out the individual webs sites for details on weddings, private parties and private tastings. 

If you are looking for a memorable, less hurried, intimate wine tasting experience, try out these locally owned and operated vineyards:

Alex's Red Barn Winery - http://www.redbarnwine.com

Baily's Winery - http://www.bailywinery.com

Briar Rose Winery - http://www.briarrosewinery.com;

Doffo Winery -  http://www.doffowines.com 

Gershon Bachus Vintners http://www.gershonbachus.com;

Foot Path Winery - http://www.footeprintwinery.com

Frangipani Winery - http://www.frangipaniwinery.com/

The Hart Family Winery -  http://www.hartfamilywinery.com/ ;

Keyways Winery - http://www.keywayswine.com

Longshadow Ranch and Winery - http://www.longshadowranchwinery.com/

Oak Mountain Winery - http://www.oakmountainwinery.com;

Palumbo Family Winery - http://www.palumbofamilyvineyards.com

Vindemia Vineyards & Winery - vindemia winery

Wiens Family Cellars - http://www.wienscellars.com