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“Excellent wines at good prices”
Review of Hart Winery

Hart Winery
Ranked #23 of 92 things to do in Temecula
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Owner description: Founded in 1980, family owned and operated Hart Winery is one of Temecula Valley's oldest wineries, and produces boutique wines of exceptional quality. Nestled on the western edge of the Temecula Valley, Hart Winery capitalizes on the soil and climate at 1,500 feet above sea level to produce premium estate grown Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.
San Diego, CA
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent wines at good prices”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

First, what it's not: this is not an attractive spot for wine "tasters" whose real purpose is drinking wine for an afternoon. The tasting room is small (being expanded slightly) and usually crowded. The wine barrels are visible from and immediately adjacent to the small area carved out for a tasting room.
That said, Hart produces consistently outstanding wines in small batches. They've recently started providing the number of cases of each vintage produced on the bottle labels; usually less than 400 cases. Thus Hart wines aren't distributed widely at retail. Do not let this fool you: these are wonderful, reasonably priced wines. A favorite of ours is their magnificent dessert wine: Aleatico. It is expensive but well worth the price. On a recent tasting visit, we liked every single wine we tasted. All were better than any single wine from the other two wineries we visited. The wait staff clearly enjoy wines and are knowledgeable of wines and of the Temecula valley wineries.
I give Hart 5 stars on wine quality and the excellent wait staff. If you're looking for a fancy tasting experience with optional snacks or meals, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you want good wines, you'll be delighted. Coming off the I-15 through Temecula, this is the first winery you'll come to. If you only want good wines, you needn't go any further. Best time to visit is early and late in the day. It gets very hectic when any wine tour group arrives.

Visited March 2014
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Round Lake Beach, Illinois
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“Winery”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Not as fancy as most of the wineries in the area. Tastings were in a shed like building, The bar was a piece of plywood sitting on barrels. She did give us coupons for other wineries in the area to try thier wine

Visited February 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Longest Running Family Owned Winery in Temecula and it shows”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

So many of the "corporate owned" wineries seem to be modern, glass shrines and "Monstrosities" within a bucolic and pastoral setting -- but not Hart Family Wineries. While his son is the current wine maker, Mr. Joe Hart (>90 years old) still comes into the winery 5 days a week. Very small production wines, that are for the most part only available at the winery or via the club, make for a unique experience. We enjoyed three wines: The 2009 Driveway: This is their "Meritage" equivalent, showing a similar medium-bodied Bordeaux-style blend that is very drinkable now. The 2010 Merlot was a great surprise, and actually much more structures and full bodied than any of the other wines. And something we had never tried before: The Aleatico: With a very high alcohol content (>18%), this member of the Muscat grape family is native to Italy’s Puglia region, creating a very flavorful dessert, sweet wine with very pungent floral aromatics and bouquet. The tasting room is quiet and cold--because it is also their barrel and fermentation room.

Visited January 2014
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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“Botique winery worth the visit”
Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

All of our pours were consistently good and delicious . Brianne was lovely, extremely knowledgable, personable and we so enjoyed our Hart experience with her. Regrettably we forgot to tip....but we will double it next time.

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Moreno Valley, California
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“Good wines, rustic tasting room”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Good wines here. Tasting room is rustic, which means small and not fancy. Don't let it fool you. You're there for the wines and not the view. Staff was friendly.

Visited October 2013
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