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TEMECULA, CA -  Oak Mountain Winery offers two ways to tour their new 10,000 square foot, mined wine cave during the cave grand opening weekend February 13 and 14.  Foodies can enjoy a 45-minute tour, with six tastes of wine, soup, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich prepared in the Cave Cafe and a bottle of white wine to enjoy on the veranda after the tour. Cost is $55. The explorer tour allows for a 30-minute guided tour of the cave and winery grounds while enjoying three samples of wine. Cost is $15 


This is the first cave of its kind in the Temecula Valley as it was mined into the hillside and extends 104 feet underground. Common in France and the Napa Valley, mined caves are considered to have the best environment for aging and storing wine. Using geothermal technology, Oak Mountain Winery's cave will provide consistent temperatures in the 60s and ideal humidity. The cave is steel reinforced with eight to 10 inches concrete.  


"It was a first for Riverside County so the planning process took about two years," stated Valerie Andrews, who owns and operates the winery with her husband Steve. 


With two entrances, a full commercial kitchen, a banquet room and tasting rooms, the cave will also store over 400 barrels of wine.  Oak Mountain Winery currently produces 10,000 cases of award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Their production facility 12 miles east of Oak Mountain provides Rhone-styled wines such as Syrah and Viognier.  


Tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Grand Opening weekend and reservations are recommended. 


Be prepared to spend the day enjoying the winery and it's view of the DePortola WineTrail region of Temecula Valley.  This part of wine country offers wide open vistas of rolling hills, vineyards and thoroughbred  ranches.  Oak Mountain Winery is also one of the few dog-friendly wineries in the valley. After the premiere weekend, wine cave tours and tastings in the cave will be open to the public Monday through Friday. Cave tasting room will be reserved for wine club members only on weekends. 


Schedule a tour at or by calling 951-699-6102. The winery is located at 36522 Via Verde Road just off Deportola Road.   


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