Temecula Wine Country: Hello, Michelle here with the Sun News and Review. Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to experience Super Tuscan Varietals grown at Vitagliano Vineyards in Temecula, California.
These wines are handcrafted to pair with Italian cuisine. Until recently, this beautiful winery has been closed to the public and only open to private venues and weddings. General Manager, Anthony Aglio whose father, Guy Vitagliano started the winery is now offering access for a limited time to the public. In an effort to preserve the cozy feel of the grounds, it will eventually only be accessible by members and their guests.
At Vitagliano's they are known for their cabernets that burst with blackberries, cherries, violates and eucalyptus.
"Our vineyard is covered with Eucalyptus trees. As a result the grapes are flavored with a touch of the oil from the Eucalyptus," said Aglio.
Watch Aglio's interveiw: https://youtu.be/TZd8mmjCtgI
The flagship wine called the Benedetto is a red blend with sweet cherries, smoke and graphite at first taste. However, it lingers with notes of blueberries, spice, leather and tobacco.The Benedetto perfectly pairs with a steak and other rich roasted meats.
If you are seeking a wine that pairs well with pasta, try the Primitivo. This was my favorite out of the three red wines. The Primitivo exploded with notes of juicy dark fruit like plums with black pepper. There are also flavors of black cherries and rose petals.
The atmosphere at Vitagliano's is cozy. Fire pits around deep couch sitting surround the tasting room. The views are unlike any other in wine county. The winery has a pond dotted with large Eucalyptus trees that guests can walk around to conversate or quietly hold hands and share a romantic moment.
Locals may consider becoming members so they enjoy the wine country while avoiding the crowds.
I suggest stopping by one of the best kept secrets in Temecula Wine Country and experience it yourself.
36101 Glen Oaks Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
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