Of all the holidays we celebrate in the U.S., only one exists to explicitly reward the hard work we put in the rest of the year: Labor Day. There’s no fireworks, no solemn tradition, nor even family obligations. It’s just a three-day weekend devoted to clocking out of the routine and into some well deserved time off. For those who live in Southern California, that makes it the ideal time for a Temecula Valley Getaway. Check out these 5 things to do in Temecula Valley

Here are five reasons why:

 

1. Harvest Season starts in September

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What a coincidence! Everybody’s busy celebrating the unofficial end of summer, and in Temecula Valley wine country, the grapes on the vine are looking their ripest, fullest, berry best. Strolling through our storied vineyards is a must-do any time you visit, but there’s never a better time than September to get a great look at the fruit going into next year’s vintage. Pop a grape in your mouth and imagine the possibilities. Ask your favorite Jeep & Wine tour guide if any wineries have started picking yet — if the timing’s right, you may get to witness a crush. 

2. Celebrate 50 years of winemaking

Today, more than forty wineries contribute to the medal-winning reputation of Temecula Valley wine country. But it all started with one. Fifty years ago this year, in 1968, Vince and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first commercial vines here: a Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc. Located on Rancho California Road, right in the thick of our wine trail, you can visit those acres, nowadays home to Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery and Bella Vista Winery.

3. Wildhorse Music Festival

There’s always plenty of live music to enjoy in Old Town Temecula and several of the wineries,  but the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, Temecula’s resident horse track, Galway Downs, hosts one of the year’s biggest music events. Wildhorse Music Festival features a lineup of Americana and country music artists including The Troubadour Experience, a tribute to George Strait. The day of music begins with a Best of Temecula wine tasting, and also offers chances to sample local food and craft spirits. 

4. It’s an easy road trip

The hardest part of Labor Day weekend is seeing it come to an end. Spending hours stuck in heavy holiday traffic just adds insult to injury. The Temecula Valley is a less than a two hour drive away from almost every part of Southern California. For most, it’s just close enough to be an easy trip home, just far enough to provide a worthwhile escape.

5. Great weather for Jeep & Wine Tours

Second only to delicious wine, enjoying a beautiful outdoor setting is the best reason to visit any wine country, and that’s especially true in the Temecula Valley. When the heat of August breaks, the sunny days light up the beauty of the valley, and make the surrounding mountains gleam. Our jeep and wine tours jaunt around the scenic back routes between several of the region’s finest vineyards. It’s about the furthest thing you could imagine from being cooped up at work.