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Nestled in the heart of Temecula, this stunning winery is the perfect place to relax with or without the little ones. Soak up the sun by the pool, experience being a winemaker for the day, or just lounge around and relax with a glass of their finest Italian wine and let your cares just melt away—you deserve it.

Tell us a little bit about Bottaia Winery. How long have you been around? What services do you offer?

BOTTAIA Winery is a chic, modern destination winery and tasting room in Temecula Wine Country, inspired by the luxury and refinement of Northern Italy, complete with a day pool and full-service poolside restaurant and cocktail bar. We opened on August 31, 2018 and our pool opened April 21st  of this year.

What makes Bottaia Winery unique? Do you offer any special experiences for customers?

Yes! All of our distinct tasting experiences have a special component:The Barrel Room Tasting takes place in our working Barrel Room, and guests get to taste six bottled wines as well as a young wine straight from the barrel to compare and contrast the effects of aging wine vs finished wine.

The Seated Tasting with Charcuterie experience is a seated, guided, immersive tasting experience of five of our premium estate wines paired with 1 of 3 charcuterie boards of your choosing.

The Wine Blending Lab experience offers guests the opportunity to be a winemaker for the day! Pull four wines from the barrel, taste the four base wines, blend three separate blends using graduated cylinders and pipettes, select your perfect blend then bottle, cork, capsule, design your own label and take your bottle home that same day!

Tell us about the wine you produce and the wine making process.

Aging of the wine takes place in large format concrete and oak vats and casks in a state-of-the-art facility. BOTTAIA produces over a dozen single varietal Italian wines and blends, all sourced from our estate vineyards in Temecula Wine Country.

Our red wines are fermented in either oak vats or concrete tanks. Then they are aged in large capacity oak casks for at least two years. Some of our whites will be fermented in concrete, which helps balance the natural acidity of late ripening Italian white varieties.

What are some of your best-selling wines?

Our Montepulciano Reserve 2013 is our best-selling wine by far! Other top favorites are Sangiovese 2015 and Arneis 2016.

What can customers expect when they come to Bottaia Winery?

They can expect an upscale experience in a relaxed, comfortable environment with exceptional guest service. By restricting the age to 21+ in the tasting rooms, we are able to ensure the experience offered to all guests is enjoyable and relaxing. If you have the kiddos in tow, you can expect a fun day in the sun at the pool with a splash pad for the little ones!

By Megan Feighery

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