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“Good Place for Reds”
Review of Hart Winery

Hart Winery
Ranked #24 of 97 things to do in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed May 26, 2014

The tasting room is a barn with plywood over wine barrels to serve as the tasting bar. Not the most impressive especially when compared to the other wineries in Temecula. If I was only rating the facility, it would be one out of five stars. The benefit here is the quality of the people pouring and their interaction with the customer. Plus, they open at 0900, an hour before any of the others. We ended up buying the Rousanne and the Tres Hermanos. There web site lists the tasting as 6 for $10 but we paid $12. Maybe because it was Memorial Day weekend? Maybe they just raised the price and didn't update the website? We also liked their logo wine glass and bought one for $5.

Thank HubbyChubby
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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.

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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

Thank karen a
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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.

1  Thank Lestertheinvestor
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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.

Thank Kiki3659
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