It’s summertime, and you’re in love: what do you do? Well, if you both enjoy sipping delicious wine, we’ve got plenty of great ideas on how to spend romantic quality time together in Southern California’s favorite wine country: the Temecula Valley. Here are five great summer date ideas for wine lovers.

Dinner at a Winery

A romantic dinner is always a safe bet for a good date night, and ordering wine to pair with each course is always a safe bet for a great date night. Winery restaurants offer exactly this type of experience, and particularly on a warm summer evening the best thing to do is enjoy a romantic dinner for two at a winery restaurant that features al fresco dining with exceptional views. In Temecula Valley, The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars offers a beautiful example of this. Watch the sun set over rolling, vineyard covered hillsides while dining on upscale, Mediterranean style cuisine made from scratch, and paired with top local wines. There’s a reason this place was voted the region’s best winery restaurant!

A Romantic Picnic

Every romantic meal doesn’t take place over white linens and candlelight. Sometimes, all you need is a picnic basket, a blanket, and a grassy hillside with a glorious view to celebrate a lasting moment of togetherness. Better yet, add a bottle or two of delicious wine to the menu, and your lunch or early dinner will be complete. Temecula Valley offers all of the above. You can provide your own food, or pick it up from local perveyors, such as sandwiches on fresh baked bread from local favorite Great Harvest Bread Co. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you may find fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheeses from the Temecula Farmers Market. Of course, that bottle of wine may hail from any of our 40 wineries and vineyards.

Sparkling Wine Tasting

Most styles of wine will support a romantic rendezvous, but there’s just something extra special added to a date that involves sparkling wine. On a warm summer afternoon, there’s almost no better way to get into a loving mood than to find effervescent refreshment in a glass or five of sparkling wines and rosés. In Temecula Valley, you’ll find a number of producers practicing Methode Champenoise, the traditional means of making white wine sparkle in the French region of Champagne. Examples include Carter Estate Winery and Resort, Thornton Winery, and South Coast Winery. Contact a particular winery, and you sparkling experience may include a special tour explaining how the bottle conditioning method works!

Hot Air Balloon over Wine Country 

Sparkling wine may be delicious at any altitude, but imagine how celebratory it feels thousands of feet in the air, sipped while sailing along the breezes blowing over a scenic wine valley below! Hot air balloon rides over the Temecula Valley are a must for any wine loving lovers looking for a hot summer date idea!

Jeep Winery Tour

A sense of adventure will get you far in the romance department. Any date that gets the heart racing is bound to end well, and when you can find a way to include wine in the itinerary, an open air jeep tour of Temecula Valley wine country starts to sound like one of the best summer date ideas wine lovers could hope for. Our curated winery tours literally take you off the beaten path, favoring scenic back country roads as conduits between tastings at several of our favorite wineries. Did we mention our jeep tours include a picnic lunch, taken on one of our scenic wine country hillsides? Wine, sun, and adventurous fun combine for a summer date neither of you will ever forget. Contact us to reserve your tour today!