When you drive into Temecula Wine Country the very first winery you come across is Hart Family Winery. In 1974 over the weekends Joe and Nancy Hart and their 3 sons planted the first grapevines in their vineyard in Temecula. In 1980 they built their winery and produced their first wines. This winery has stayed small and focused and still produces only 5000 cases of wine each year. Growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Syrah, Merlot Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel & Sauvignon Blanc.
When we visited in early 2012 we were greeted at the door by “Bosco”. He was resting on the rug at the door. Inside you step into the coolness of the tank room, the tasting bar is just inside the door with a small area for gifts, beyond it you see the stainless steel tanks and typically Joe Travis Hart walking about checking the tanks.
While there we tasted the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Rousanne, 2010 Zinfandel, 2007 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Blanc de Franc ( a rose of Cabernet Franc), 2008 Syrah, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2009 Aleatico (an obscure grape native to the Puglia region in Italy) from the Palmador Vineyard which is a fortified dessert wine.
This small family run winery is well thought of in the community and respected for paving the way for Temecula Wine Country.