Visitors to Temecula wine country may notice some significant changes in the landscape as they drive up Rancho California Road and glance to their left.
Turning into the driveway at Callaway Vineyard & Winery will offer a closer look at a dramatically expanded tasting room and patio area, an exclusive third floor tasting area for Legacy Wine Club members and other improvements throughout the property.
Callaway’s Event Coordinator Denise Sutterfield said she appreciates the expanded space to host weddings, concerts and the upcoming run of the Shakespeare in the Vines production of “Richard III.”
“Considering we started out as basically a warehouse, we wanted to keep the look modern, but add some elegant touches to create warmth,” she said. “The tasting room has doubled in size and we were able to add an intimate tasting room that guests can reserve for a private tasting, meeting or dinner.”
“Our goal is to allow our guests to experience wine in any number of ways, based on their preference,” Sutterfield went on to say. “In addition to an expanded bar for those who wish to interact with our knowledgeable servers, we have added a self-serve system. On busier days, our guests love the freedom to swipe a card at a machine that will dispense their favorite glass on demand.”
In addition to patio seating on the main tasting room level, Callaway has added an exclusive outdoor tasting area, aptly named Vu.
“An expansive tasting bar, ample seating and a panoramic view of the valley are available only to Legacy Wine Club members, providing them with a VIP environment in which to enjoy Callaway’s award-winning wine,” said Sutterfield. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this experience to our loyal members.”
Awards are in no short supply at Callaway Vineyard & Winery.
“Callaway is particularly proud of the way our wines performed in the 1st Annual Rhone Shootout,” said Sutterfield. “Temecula Valley is known for producing great Rhone-style wines and of the six we entered, all six came home with medals.”
Winemaker Craig Larson and his team were awarded Golds for the 2009 WR Syrah, the 2010 SS Viognier and the 2011 SS Roussanne as wells as Silvers for the 2009 SS Mourvedre, the 2009 SS Grenache and the 2009 WR Calliope Red and Gold medal wines were poured at the Romancing the Rhones Experience on July 14 at The Old Mint in San Francisco.
Larson will be hosting a Summer Wine Seminar on August 18 and interested parties may reserve a spot by clicking HERE.
As Temecula wine country gets ready for fall, Callaway is eager to complete the final stages of construction.
“We are excited to be hosting CRUSH this year,” said Sutterfield. “So everything will be picture perfect by September.”
For more information, please visit www.callawaywinery.com.
Corie Maue is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.