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.
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