Wineries

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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