TEMECULA, CA — Temecula Valley Wine Country is for lovers, as hopeless romantics can attest. From the rolling hills of grapevines, gorgeous in any season, to the sweeping mountain and sunset views, finding the perfect spot to pop the question can depend on many factors.

“Couples looking for a flawless backdrop or a memorable experience will find no shortage of amazing places to pop the question or steal a kiss,” said Visit Temecula Valley spokesperson Norma Marlowe.

In the spring of 2023, 50 wineries grace the Temecula Valley Wine Country, with more slated to open in the coming months. Each one has its own personality and distinction, as does the wine they create.

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Which one of these suits your special someone?

One of the many outdoor patios at Akash Winery in Temecula. (Photo: Ashley Ludwig).

Akash Winery Offers Hidden Corners, Gorgeous Views

Located at: 39730 Calle Contento. Call: 951-888-1393

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One of Temecula’s newer wineries, Akash Winery, offers some of the best views Temecula has to offer. When you arrive, you’ll notice ample patios, shaded areas and even trails through the vineyards offering a spectacular setting for romance.

The laid-back atmosphere at Akash Winery is picture-perfect, as is the open-air tasting area for that spontaneous proposal, either just the two of you, or surrounded by friends.

For a more planned proposal, book your private, open-air dining experience in the vines at least two weeks in advance. Email for more information on reserving a table or making a special plan for your proposal.

Looking forward to summer at Bottaia Winery in Temecula. (Courtesy Photo).

Dive Into Romance At Bottaia Winery

Located: 35601 Rancho California Road: Call: 951-365-3388

Temecula’s Bottaia Winery is an exclusive, immersive experience designed for wine lovers. Many of this winery’s expansive tasting rooms are for those aged 21 and up, as is the members-only terrace, lounge and deck area.

In season, a pool and cabanas are available for family and friends of all ages.

Bottaia is an offshoot of the elegant Ponte Winery resort. Still, where Ponte is a full-scale hospitality operation, complete with a restaurant and 90-room luxury inn, it is often crowded, admits owner Claudio Ponte in his blog.

Choose any one of the elegantly appointed, sophisticated “living room” styled tasting areas to celebrate your love with truly Instagram-worthy backdrops and vineyard views. Reservations are recommended, and the staff is more than willing to help you plan your special day. Feel free to call ahead at 951-365-3388 or plan your visit online at Bottaia Winery.com.

Toast with the famed Talking Frog sparkling lager. (Photo: Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff)

Briar Rose Winery Offers A Disneyland-Inspired Backdrop For Your Princess

Located: 41720 Calle Cabrillo. Call: 951-308-1098

Briar Rose Winery, a reservation-only tasting experience, offers a backdrop worthy of any Disney lover.

When you arrive, you’ll instantly recognize Snow White’s cottage, designed by original Disney Imagineer and Fantasyland designer Beldon Fields. The winery is centered around a twist-trunked olive tree relocated from the original grounds of Calloway Winery.

“It is one of the largest and oldest olive trees in Temecula, if not the entire state of California,” Briar Rose Winery owner Dorian Linkogle said. After your true love says “yes,” crack open a bottle of Talking Frog sparkling wine to celebrate the occasion. The wine is a marriage of Vigioner and Hefeweizen lager which should please any palate.

As it says on the label, “Sometimes you really do have to kiss a lot of frogs ‘til you find your prince.” Visit Briar Rose Winery for more ideas and information.

Fur Babies Welcome At Carter Estate Winery And Resort

Located: 34450 Rancho California Road. Call: 844-851-2138

If romance is what you’re looking for, look no further than Carter Estate Winery. Whisk your lover away for a weekend at the exclusive Carter Estate, with in-room dining and catering available. Enjoy intimate wine and food pairings in an experience unlike any other, from the “sit-down” tasting room to private events designed by expert professionals.

Is your pup part of your family? Bring them along. Carter Estate Winery and Resort is a welcome spot for dog lovers. Check out their Happy Hound pet policy.

Enjoy the luxurious grounds, take a dip in the pool in season, and stay in one of the 42 Mediterranean-inspired bungalow suites and surrounding vineyards as a home base for your Temecula Valley Wine Country visit.

For more information, visit www.carterestatewinery.com.

Photo: Europa Village Winery

A European Getaway At Europa Village Winery & Resort

Located at: 41150 Via Europa. Call: 951-506-1818

Picture transporting yourself and your loved one to old-world Europe over a weekend. Europa Village offers a glimpse of France, Italy and Spain all without plane travel or headaches.

Lose yourself in the romanticism of it all at Europa Village. Whether you’re looking to propose, go on your honeymoon, celebrate an anniversary, indulge in decadent food, cocktails, and wine, or just want to spend quality time with your loved one or best friend, Europa Village is the perfect destination for seeking something special.

Stay the night at the romantic Inn at Europa or the Casitas at Bolero. “Stroll, savor and sip your way through Europa Village Winery Resort with our Sip & Stay package,” the website said. “Enjoy luxury overnight accommodations, a delicious daily breakfast, and wine tasting for two at one of our two tasting rooms.” If you feel extra adventurous, book a hot air balloon ride for two for a memorable engagement experience.

Find your spot amid the farm-style setting at Peltzer Family Cellars. Farm and Winery (Peltzer Winery Photo: courtesy).

Kick Off Your Proposal At Peltzer Family Cellars Winery

Located at: 40275 Calle Contento. Call: 951-888-2008.

Peltzer Family Cellars Farm and Winery is 25 acres of vineyards and homestead off the Calle Contento Trail in Temecula. The quaint farm atmosphere and vintage-styled winery make for the perfect backdrop for your engagement. There is always a quiet space to stroll and for a special moment. Plan ahead with event coordinators to pick the perfect place to tell your loved one how you really feel.

Consider proposing under the mulberry grove or at a special event, then dancing the night away. Then, come back to say “I do.” For more information visit www.peltzerwinery.com.

A toast to love at Wilson Creek Winery. (Courtesy Photo).

Ask “Will You Marry Me” At Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards

Located at 35960 Rancho California Road. Call: 951-699-9463.

When you’re planning your proposal in wine country, you’d be remiss not to consider Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards. One of Temecula Valley Wine Country’s original vineyards, this winery has expanded to include inside and outside dining, concerts, lawn games and premier tastings.

Considered one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards on Instagram, according to a Forbes report, Wilson Creek is also home to a lovely 10 bedroom, 10 and a half bath 11,000 square foot estate mansion available for rent. www.wilsoncreekwinerycom

Whether you plan your proposal in Temecula Valley Wine Country or want to head out for a sunset engagement photo shoot, one thing is certain: there are few places more stunning than wine country in the spring.

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