Visit Temecula Valley Introduces Autumnfest Celebrations in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Seasonal change brings a bountiful harvest of fun for adults (and even families) to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country this fall. From the return of Temecula Valley Wine Month to festivals and city-wide events for 2016’s Autumnfest, make Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country a top go-to destination this fall.
September Is Temecula Valley Wine Month
Autumnfest kicks off with Temecula Valley Wine month, a grand celebration of the grape harvest that includes a variety of special events and wine opportunities throughout the month of September. Part of California Wine Month, the events highlight the unique varietals grown in the region, diverse wineries, and top-tier experiences offered in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
- CRUSH (September 17, 2016). The annual showcase of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and regional culinary stylings, CRUSH brings together winery owners, winemakers and chefs to give attendees the chance to meet their favorite local wine and culinary stars and sample their offerings in this walk-around tasting. The 2016 event will take place at Wiens Family Cellars and will include over 100 wines poured by over 30 Temecula Valley wineries, as well as gourmet bites from participating local restaurants. General Admission and VIP tickets are available.
- People’s Choice Consumer Blind Tasting & Celebration Dinner (September 29, 2016). The People’s Choice Consumer Blind Tasting event, the first regional event of its kind, will allow consumers to blindly sample and score the “best” red or white wine submitted by Temecula Valley wineries (any variety or blend, at any price point). An awards ceremony and media release gala will announce the winners. Wine lovers can purchase tickets to the blind tasting to cast their vote, and also to the awards dinner and gala for an evening of celebration.
- SIP Temecula Wine Tasting Passport. Throughout Temecula Valley Wine Month, visitors can enjoy the SIP Temecula Wine Tasting Passport, a tasting passport good for a wine tasting flight at any five participating wineries in the region. Passports, valid Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), will also include a commemorative wine glass to celebrate the month-long event.
- CRUSH On Temecula Valley Wines. Temecula Valley restaurants will be participating in a “restaurant month for wine,” in which they will feature special tasting flights of Temecula Valley wines throughout the month of September; locals and visitors alike will be encouraged to explore the region’s diverse wines alongside Temecula Valley cuisine.
Celebrate Autumnfest at Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
With a lot more to offer than wine-related events and activities, Autumnfest celebrates the fall season with several events that take place throughout the months of September, October, and November across Temecula Valley.
- Peltzer Pumpkin Farm (September 25 – October 31, 2016). Peltzer Farms will open for the harvest season with train rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, pig races and more family activities on September 25. Their newly opened CRUSH HOUSE tasting room will be the perfect place for parents to “wine” down after a busy day on the farm.
- Outdoor Quilt Show (October 1, 2016). October Kicks Off The 18th Annual Outdoor Quilt Show where hundreds of intricate handmade quilts will be displayed from the balconies and buildings throughout Old Town Temecula. The free event features a silent and live auction, numerous vendors, and more.
- Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival (October 1 – 31, 2016). Those that dare to take on the Big Horse Corn Maze will explore the largest corn maze in Southern California and test their knowledge at every turn, hoping to answer correctly for the next clue leading them out. In addition to the corn maze, the Harvest Festival allows families to enjoy a sprawling pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay ride, pillow jump, rock wall, corn cannon, face painting, and much more. Pig races, pie eating contests, and pumpkin bowling offer unending family fun with a side of competition.
- Greek Festival (October 15 – 16, 2016). The Temecula Greek Festival offers attendees a taste of authentic culture with food, entertainment, and marketplace. Taking place in Old Town, the event will feature live Greek music from The Olympians; dancing and folk dancing performances; Greek food, wine, and pastries; and a children’s game area.
- Ralph Love Plein Air Festival (October 30 – November 5, 2016). At The Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, art lovers will enjoy strolling through Old Town and watching the artists create authentic scenes before their eyes. Inspired artists can join in the competition with advance registration.
Autumnfest Getaways to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Fall is a beautiful time to visit and explore Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country as the vines are changing colors, the air is cooler, and there are a variety of events for adults and families to experience in celebration of the harvest.
- Hotels And Resorts. Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country hotels and resorts have begun renovations and expansions to provide for additional hotel guests, added value, and exceptional luxury when visiting the region. Two-three day visits allow locals to see and explore it all.
- Mid-Week Getaways. Sunday-Thursday visits offer visitors the chance to experience the best that the region has to offer, while avoiding the peak weekend crowds.
- Thanksgiving Dinners. Several wine country wineries offer traditional Thanksgiving dinners, making easy for families to enjoy the holiday together while staying in hotel accommodations.