Recently, Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula, marked the grand opening of their latest feature designed to pamper and delight the most discerning wine connoisseurs. Already established as a leading purveyor of southern California big red wines with an enticing wedding venue, and hot summer nights entertainment headquarters, Wiens just added an intimate reserve tasting room to round out their offerings – the Cellar Room. This elegant room allows for seated tastings in plush leather chairs where patrons are served by private sommeliers with exclusive access to exquisite library wines.
To launch their grand opening, Wiens played host to Jerry Ferris (best known as runner up on Season Three of The Bachelorette) and his Los Angeles entourage. Ferris was in Temecula wine country to propose to his girlfriend during an early morning hot air balloon ride. They finished the day at Wiens and were wowed by this first-class wine operation.
Shock and awe best describes the overall impression from a not-so-easy-to-impress crowd. “This place is a hidden treasure,” remarked one guest. “The wines here are incredible,” raved another. Still others mused at how much closer and convenient Temecula is to LA than other California wine destinations.
Doug Wiens, partner and winemaker, states that his family’s mission has been to prove to the world of wine that high quality reds can be produced in southern California. Only one year after Wiens set a goal to make an award winning Cabernet Sauvignon from Temecula-grown grapes, this feat was accomplished through his California State Fair gold medal winning “Refugio” Cabernet. Refugio, so named for the horse refuge where this Temecula vineyard resides, is a smooth, rich, and complex cabernet with subtle tones of chocolate, black cherry, and tobacco.
Wiens Family Cellars was recently featured in Sunset Magazine as one of the must-see wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country, accompanied by an impressive photograph. According to the article, readers are enjoined to check out the cool barrel-rack system and to sample the spicy 2007 Reserve Barbera. Wiens Family Cellars is setting the bar high and commanding respect. Their label clearly says it all, “Family, Quality, Integrity.” Temecula. Closer than you think. Better than ever. Thanks to over-achievers like the Wiens family.
Wiens’ new Cellar Room is open Fri-Sun, with appt. times of 10:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm. To make a reservation, please call 951-694-9892 or book online here. Wiens’ Main Tasting Room is open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm.