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Leonesse Cellars

38311 DePortola Road
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-7601

Tasting:   Open daily 11 am to 5 pm
Tasting fee $16
10% off 6 to 11 bottles, 15% off case
  Tours by Appointment
  Restaurant on site, open Friday and Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Price Range:   $16 to $36 per bottle
Established:   2003
  15,000 - 20,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Verdot

Leonesse Cellars Description

The word Leoness means “village of dreams,” and is the inspiration behind this winery's quest to create world wines from the finest vineyards in the Temecula Valley. Nestled in the rolling hills and vineyards of Temecula's wine country, Leoness Cellars offers a warm, enchanting setting where visitors can enjoy great wines, spectacular views, and wonderful times with family and friends.

Leoness Cellars was founded in 2003 by Mike Rennie and Gary Winder, who together have over fifty years of agriculture and grape-growing experience in the Temecula Valley. Their combined experience has lead to a true understanding of growing wine grapes of the highest quality; grapes which are concentrated, balanced, and ripe, ultimately producing wines of incredible depth and flavor.

Among the wines produced at Leoness Cellars are Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Merlot, Muscat Canelli, and Cinsault Port, as well as small lots of other specially selected varietals. Leoness' wines are carefully crafted to preserve the subtle flavors and nuances of the varietal. Their red wines, along with the Chardonnay, are aged for an extended period of time in a combination of small French and American oak barrels, adding softness and complexity to the wines, while their white wines are fermented slowly at cool temperatures, helping the wines to retain the fresh fruit flavors of the grape.

Leoness Cellars invites visitors to come enjoy the charming and dramatic vineyard views at their Tasting Room. They also have a winery tour available, or if preferred, a simple tasting where guests can experience the wines that represent Leoness' passion and commitment to winemaking.

Leonesse Cellars Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Port or Dessert Wines
Cabernet Franc
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Event Space
Gift Shop
Wedding Services
Sit-Down Tasting
RV & Limo Friendly
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Leonesse Cellars Reviews

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Nice Cab
rkluger59, Noblesville
The 2010 Cab Sauvignon Rolling Hills Vineyard was nice. Other selections were so-so.

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reachmcneal, temecula
The Winery is breath taking! The staff is friendly and the wine is exceptional! Michele Waters

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Found another favorite
michloeg, Torrance
I was on a wine tasting trip with a group of 12 high school girlfriends over the weekend to Temecula Valley. Went to three wineries. The last one was Leonesse. I found the staff to be warm and inviting, when approached- there were alot of visitors there on a Saturday. Advise is that if you are serious about wine and want to learn all you need to do is ask and they did deliver, infact I became a wine club member before leaving. Thank you Robert and Jordan! Will be back again real soon!!

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World of wine tour
ansmom, San Diego
Very busy tasting room after WOW tasting. THey were very busy so I can understand not being as friendly as possible. Great wine and nice gifts in shop.

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Posh Wine at the Friendliest Winery in the Valley
CSM, Springfield
This is a must visit winery when in Southern California. Being on the quiet De Portola Road side of Temecula it is a little harder to find, but is surrounded by several other worthy wineries so the extra distance isn't a time killer. Leonesse prides themselves on being the friendliest winery in Temecula. Their tasting staff has certainly earned my vote on every visit. Their well appointed tasting room is inviting and spacious as is their outside restaurant 'Block 5.' Having food service on site adds to the opportunity to spend quality time in the vineyard with good wine and food. Leonesse offers three tiers of wine with their Vineyard Select Wines being notable for sourcing grapes from a single vineyard and receiving significant maturation in new French Oak (typically 18 -24 months). Like the other wineries in Temecula Leonesse lacks the economies of scale associated with larger operations and so if you have caviar tastes and a box wine budget, your going to need an allowance increase. That being said, their wines are worth every penny in my mind. Of the entry tier wines offered for tasting I particularly recommend the 2005 Zinfandel and the Cabernet Franc. I also enjoyed their Meritage; an appellation I particularly seek when offered, as I believe it is the best evidence of that wine maker's style and skill, given freer rein than under traditional blending rules for varietals. If still available in their Library Selection, the 2004 Vineyard Select Merlot is a luscious and full bodied treat, and their 2004 Syrah has been highly rated.

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