Monte de Oro Winery
35820 Rancho California Road
Temecula, California 92591
This was a groupon purchase and I’m happy to say that we had no problems as others have experienced. We did have a cancellation for our first booking because of expected high winds but re-booking was no problem. Phone calls were always promptly returned and the folks I talked to were always helpful and friendly. A confirmation call is given the day before the trip as well.
Our group of 6 had a wonderful time (there were 10 guests in all in the basket plus 2 pilots, one in training). Marcus was our photographer, Phil was the ‘lead’ pilot. I have to say the ‘trainee’ did a wonderful job...he had many years of other flight experience and it was obvious. The weather was beautiful, the views were fantastic. It was a treat seeing the coastal fog roll in between the mountains, floating down to cover the valley floor.
Why only 4 stars (I wish I could give 4 1/2 stars!!!)? I would suggest having a bit more variety in the foods offered, especially after the ride when returning to the winery. Having cheese and crackers available instead of only sweets (2 types of cake) would be a welcome addition to the offering. Some folks can't eat sweets/wheat products. Better variety would make it top-notch!
Thank you, Marcus and Phil (can’t remember the name of the ‘co-pilot. It was a great time, a fun trip, something I've wanted to do for years and it didn't disappoint.