Cougar Vineyards & Winery
Make tracks to Cougar Vineyard & Winery, specializing in 100 percent estate-grown Italian varietals paired with picturesque views of Temecula Valley.
Cougar not only grows its own grapes, but also produces, bottles and stores its wine on its 17-acre property. The ground-to-glass operation features several varietals rarely found in the United States, as well as commonly recognized offerings such as Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Primitivo (Zinfandel), Vermentino and Arneis. Also savor Cougar’s sparkling wines.
Opened in 2006, by owners and veteran winemakers Rick and Jennifer Buffington, the vineyard’s label is named after Cougar Mountain near Bellevue, Wash., where the couple lived and made award-winning reds and whites before moving to Southern California. Today, their expansive hilltop winery in Temecula features a charming tasting room with a gift shop and live music from 5-8 p.m.Fridays and from 2-5 p.m. Sundays.
Savor Cougar’s hand-crafted wines with fresh salads, sandwiches, hot paninis and pizzas from Sangio’s Deli, open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fridays until 7 p.m.) Sangio’s also offers daily specials plus wines or beer by the glass; perfect palate-pleasers for lunch or dinner.
Group and private educational tours of Cougar’s production facility are also offered (by reservation only). View the equipment, see how the vineyards are managed and sample wines with artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
Patrons interested in membership may join the wine club and enjoy discounts, complimentary wine-tastings, invitations to exclusive and winery-sponsored events, and home or office delivery in the upper 48 states.Contact the Wine Club Manager at WineClub@CougarVineyards.com for more details.
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For an elevated tasting experience and relaxing vibes amid rolling-hill vistas, stop by Cougar Vineyards & Winery, open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday until 8 p.m.) The venue is located on the De Portola Wine Trail, a collection of family-owned boutique wineries known as the “Wine Row” of Temecula. Call Cougar at (951) 491-0825 or visit http://www.cougarvineyards.com/
The Annual Big Red Fest is held every April at the nine participating wineries on the De Portola Wine Trail. This culinary/wine tasting event provides noshes from nine local artisan chefs, paired with three red wines from each winery. These reds are the creme-of-the-crop of the new vintage releases. http://www.deportolawinetrail.com/festivals-and-events
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Located in Temecula
39870 De Portola Road
Temecula, CA 92592