A Trip to: Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Today I visited the Temecula wine region for the first time in a long time, so I started with Callaway Vineyard & Winery. When I arrived at the property, I was drawn to a walkway area they have that displays all their wine grape varietals grown on the estate. It is winter now, so all the vines are dormant & pruned for spring, but I hope to come back in Late summer to see this impressive display in full bloom. It would be very cool to see each vine to compare leaves, berry size, cluster formation & more.

Next I made my way to the tasting room. I walked up the bar to begin my experience and was informed that tastings were sold through the gift shop. I made my way there, browsed the selection of apparel & glassware on display and made my way to the cashier. I punched the wine tasting (6 pours for $20) and a $5 card for the automated pouring station, as I had always wanted to try one. I then made my way back to the tasting room. At this point a large tour had come into the winery, and I took the chance to browse the great collectables on display throughout the space. The highlight was a 1992 World Cup Commemorative bottle of 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon that was created featuring a custom label with the America's Cup logo. The bottle is gorgeous & I imagine that the large format bottle has kept the wine aging well.

I started my wine tasting at the bar shortly after the crowd thinned out. The attendant who got me my glass informed me that she normally works in accounting, but likes to take the time to pour the wines on weekends & meet people who come into the winery. She gave me a bag of oyster crackers & a glass & explained that the menu had the wines listed. I began with some white wines, had a rosé & then moved onto some red wines. (All links to reviews below.) As I said they were very busy, so in between pours from the attendant I helped myself to the self-serve wine selection. There were some library wine selections & most of the regular menu available as "sample" or "glass" pour sizes. I chose what I wanted to drink, swiped the card, and out came my wine.

Unfortunately for me there was a private event in the Winery itself, so there were no formal tours available. That didn't stop me from wandering around on a self-guided tour of the property. There were several separate shaded areas, as stage and several picnic areas on a very large outdoor patio. Many families were utilizing the area to host members of their party that were not 21 years old & to enjoy the goodies they brought from home to pair with the wine. There is also a large second floor room with glass walls & tables to use while enjoying the views. I saw many groups using this area to share snacks while getting wine as needed from the attendants downstairs. 

Callaway has vineyards surrounding the winery buildings on all sides and a restaurant to round out the property features. I walked around the crush pad & admired all the great machinery on display. I enjoyed the smells of aging wines wafting from the barrel room building while walking the grounds. I hope to be back to share this location with others & to check on the wall of vines this summer. Cheers.

Wines Tasted:

  • Special Selection Pinot Gris 2016 (link)
  • Winemaker's Reserve Roussanne 2014 (link)
  • Special Selection Chardonnay 2013 (link)
  • Bella Blanc (link)
  • Bella Rosé (link)
  • Special Selection Rose of Sangiovese 2015 (link)
  • Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (link)
  • Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (link)