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By Alex Groves
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Vitagliano Vineyard and Winery's idyllic setting draws tourists, wedding parties

 

Last updated 6/28/2018 at 6:48pm

Shane Gibson

Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery estate grounds in Temecula features a scenic setting that caters to guests for relaxing, wine tasting, weddings and events.

An expansive pond, shady trees, flowers and fire pit tables are just some of the sites visitors to Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery can take in on a warm and sunny day.

The idyllic scenery has served as the backdrop for many a wedding as well as a spot for the casual wine taster to sit back and enjoy a glass of vino.

The Temecula Valley winery is a family-owned and run business. Vice President Anthony Aglio and his dad Frank first started a wedding venue on the site before using it to grow wine grapes. Now they have a full-fledged winery featuring Italian, Spanish and French varietals.

The winery is growing and evolving, with a 6,400-square-foot, three-level building slated for construction in only about two and a half months.

"It will have a kitchen, a members' area, an underground barrel room, a front courtyard and then a back patio," Aglio explained.

A conceptual design for the building shows it will have a very grand look, with tile roofing, rounded archways, stonework on the facade and several separate terraces. Inside the building, the space will be divided up in a way that creates more of an intimate feel, Aglio said.

"We just wanted to create spaces inside of it where it's not just one open room where everybody just congregates and it's loud and noisy," he said. "We want areas where people can go in and feel like they have an intimate, private setting."

The building will boast a new tasting room to try some of Vitagliano's wines such as the Benedetto, Benedetto Reserve and Syrah.

Benedetto, which means "blessed" in Italian, is one of the Tuscan-style blends Vitagliano specializes in. It's consists of 75 percent Sangiovese, 15 percent Cabernet and 10 percent Petite Verdot that's been aged in American oak barrels for 24 months. It has notes of sweet black cherry and smoke with a lingering finish of blueberry, leather, spice and tobacco.

The Benedetto Reserve, which is almost identical, has a different flavor profile from being aged in French Oak for 36 months. Along with a fruit, smoke and leather notes, the wine has flavors of roasted game, currants and dried fig.

"It's pretty impressive when you try the wine, try the exact same blend, and it tastes totally different based on the barrels," Aglio said. "But it just shows you how important that process is."

Vitagliano's Syrah is a red wine with notes of leather and cherry perfect for pairing with red meats but also good in a glass by itself.

Visitors looking to try something on the lighter side might consider Vitagliano's Dolce Rosa, a semi-sweet blush wine with a soft mouth feel and notes of kiwi and pear.

Once the new building is completed, the tasting room will be separated from the wedding area, meaning the winery will not have to close at 2 p.m. for weddings as they have been, Aglio said.

Vitagliano does weddings any day of the week, but only does one a day. Those looking to tie the knot at Vitagliano will receive a private tour in advance.

"They can come in and be brought through everything and know exactly what the price is, what they're getting, and we don't leave anything out there for questions," he said.

The winery grounds are also a place to occasionally check out events. On Sept. 15, the winery will be hosting an exhibit for artist Lynnea Oakes.

The event will include some jazz music as well. It will be free to the public, but potential visitors are asked to RSVP on Vitagliano's website at http://vitaglianowines.com.

Daytime is not the only time to take in Vitagliano Vineyard and Winery's scenery. Its look transforms at nighttime when fire pits on tables and fire rings throughout the estate are turned on.

"At nighttime when it glows, it kind of has this amber flickering that lights up all the trees," he said. "It's very romantic and it's what we wanted to be known by."

Alex Groves can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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