By Jeff Pack

Callaway and Mount Palomar celebrating 50 years in 2019


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 5:14pm

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Mount Palomar Winery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo got it all started in 1967 when they purchased 40 acres of property in what would become Temecula Wine Country.

It was Ely Callaway who commercialized winemaking in Temecula when Callaway Vineyard and Winery began farming grapes in 1969 and opened the first Temecula Winery in 1974.

John H. Poole started Mount Palomar's vineyards, also in 1969, and opened the winery to the public in 1975.

Try to imagine it back then – long, dusty dirt roads leading to acres and acres of freshly planted grape vines – with all three owners wondering if this whole winemaking ide...

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