Laughter, the clink of wine glasses, and children’s squeals fill the air as soon as you walk onto the beautiful grounds of Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard. As you look around this family friendly winery, an undeniable sense of excitement can be seen on the faces of guests from 3 to 93.
Wilson creek has been family owned and operated since 1995, when retired Air Force Veteran Gerry and wife Rosie (a retired teacher) moved from South Pasadena to tranquil Temecula. The original goal was to find a nice place for their rapidly expanding family, while making a little bit of wine on the side. Wilson Creek officially opened in April 2000, making 2,000 cases of wine a year. Today they make 40,000+ cases of wine yearly to a large (and always increasing) fan base, winning multiple awards at various competitions and have been named “Business of the Year” 4 times by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce . They are also the ones to begin the Almond Champagne craze!
Even with all the accolades under their belt, the Wilson family is proudest of making quality wine in a close-knit community with 3 generations of family. Their sense of family is also felt by employees. Wendy Holder-Nighswonger, Marketing Director, says “Even though I wasn’t born a Wilson, I still feel like I’m part of the family!”
Although Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard is filled with old world charm, the Creekside Grille is cutting edge! Led by Executive Chef Steve Stawinski, you can expect amazing options such as the Kobe burger, Jalapeno Lime Shrimp Ceviche, Salmon Tartar Sunomono, and the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich. They even offer Gluten Free options!
The menu is changed seasonally to take of advantage of produce at it’s best! Steve was voted one of Inland Empire’s Best Chef’s in 2009 by Inland Empire Magazine. On Sundays from 10-3PM, they offer the “Bubble Brunch Buffet” a large upscale (but still family friendly) brunch in a cascade of bubbles. And who doesn’t love bubbles?
For those who can’t get enough of Wilson Creek, they are proud to introduce the “Wilson Creek Manor”. This beautiful and spacious hotel will have 9 rooms and hope to “cater to larger parties & families that want to book full-facility, multi-day stays as an exclusive retreat or bed-and-breakfast accommodations offering a choice of luxury suites.” Check the hotel website for Grand Opening dates and room information.
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard is located at 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula.