If you’re looking for in intimate wine tasting experience in Temecula and have a bend towards the reds, than you’re going to want to make a special effort to visit Palumbo. Just a short drive off the main wine route of Rancho California, Palumbo is a small, what I would consider “boutique” winery. They only produce around 2,500 cases a year, and only bottle what they grow.
The quaint tasting room sits atop a small hill overlooking rolling fields of grapes – you really feel like you’re out in the country, like time has somehow slowed down, even though you’re only a mile or so from the hustle and bustle of some of the busier wineries. Our server, Rene, was super friendly, we quickly were made to feel welcome – she gladly answered all our questions and we had a great conversation while we were tasting.
Here’s what they say about themselves:
Located in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to small lot, handcrafted wines from varieties that are grown on the property.
Nicholas Palumbo, a passionate Viticulturist and budding Enologist, believes in producing only what he grows himself. The unique terroir of his 12-acre vineyard provides perfect conditions for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese varietals.
“Our wines get their depth and character from their small-scale production. Every step of the growing process is closely monitored. I know what goes into every grape, crush the wine myself, and pour my soul into every sip.”
Our tasting experience was excellent. Some of the words we used to describe their wines are: full of flavor, medium to bold bodied, & dry (especially the 06 Tre Fratelli, Meritage). While their 05 Cab Franc had the best nose (smell), our favorite overall wine was the 05 Estate Merlot, of which we took a bottle home. Check out their wines in their own words here.
Next time you’re out in wine country, make sure you visit Palumbo – it’s well worth it, and it’s the only place you can actually purchase their wine, except for a select few restaurants in Southern California. They’re open from 12-5pm on Fridays, and 10-5pm on Saturdays & Sundays, and we’ve heard that if you call ahead, the owners will do their best to open up for you on other days.
Visit the Palumbo website for contact info & directions. Once you’ve had the opportunity to visit them, we’d love to hear your thoughts – leave us a comment.