Agua Dulce Winery
9640 Sierra Highway
Agua Dulce, CA 91390
Agua Dulce, Spanish for “sweet water,” is about 25 minutes south of the Antelope Valley. The winery is open daily for wine tasting and tours. Special events are posted on their website.
Antelope Valley Winery
42041 20th St. W.
Lancaster, CA 93534
This is a family-owned winery specializes in the production of premium quality proprietary and varietal wines. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday. A farmers market is held at the winery on Saturdays from May through November.
The Livermore Valley wine country is one of the oldest wine regions in the state and is recognized for introducing grape varietals from France, Germany, Italy and Spain that have shaped the wine industry throughout California. The first commercial vines were planted in the area in the 1840s where the soil, altitude and climate combined to yield award-winning red and white wines. About a five-hour drive from Edwards, Livermore is less than an hour from the Silicon Valley or San Francisco and is home to more than 50 wineries scattered over the rolling hills that make up the region. Wine-related events are scheduled throughout the year and are usually posted on the website.
Wine is made all over California, but the term “Wine Country” is associated with Napa Valley. The area is northeast of San Francisco (about a seven-hour drive from Edwards) and has been made famous for the hundreds of wineries found in the region. State Road 29 runs throughout the valley and passes many well-known vintners.
Paso Robles Wine Country
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Located in the center of California’s famed Central Coast, Paso Robles’ wine grape-growing region’s climate is said to be perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines and has more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 40 wine grape varieties.
Paso Robles is situated 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nearby along the coast are the towns of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle, and the fishing village of Morro Bay.
Santa Barbara County Wine Country
Buellton, CA 93427
Santa Barbara County has a history of winemaking and wine grape growing spanning 200 years, with the area enjoying a renaissance in the last 25 years. There are now more than 100 wineries in Santa Barbara County covering more than 17,000 acres of vineyards with more than 50 different grape varietals planted. This wine region is located primarily in the Los Alamos, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys.
Sonoma County Vintners
400 Aviation Blvd., Suite 500
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Nestled between the rugged Pacific coast on the west and rolling hills and mountains on the east, Sonoma County offers a grand landscape of beautiful valleys and winding roads to explore. Visitors may taste wines at grand chateaus or small converted barns; sample fresh fruits and vegetables along farm trails; enjoy a matching of Sonoma County wines and foods prepared in the local restaurants; and then retire to cozy bed-and-breakfast inns or world-class hotels and spas. The diversity of the countryside provides activities to all ages: fishing, whale watching, hot air ballooning, cycling, golf, canoeing, antique hunting or shopping the art trails.
Temecula Valley Winegrowers
29377 Rancho California Road, Suite 203
Temecula, CA 92593
Mist often lingers until midmorning on its more than 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards, located below the peaks of the local mountain range. The word “Temecula” is from the Luiseno Indian language, meaning where the sun shines through the mist. Since 1966, premium-quality wine grapes have been grown in the Temecula Valley with more than 30 wineries now located in the appellation. In addition to growing award-winning chardonnay, merlot, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel, more recently the wineries produce Mediterranean varietals like viognier, syrah and pinot gris. The remarkable success of these varietals has produced many awards and medals of excellence in domestic and international competitions.