Temecula is a city located in the southwestern part of Riverside County, California. Situated near the junction of Interstates I-15 and I-215, and also serviced by California State Highway 79, Temecula lies about 86 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego. It is bordered by its neighboring city of Murrieta on the northwest.
The name Temecula comes from an alternative spelling of the Luiseño word "Temecunga," roughly translated to mean, "Where the sun breaks through the mist." Early settlement in the area was boosted by the 1859 establishment of the first inland Southern California post office in Temecula, to which stagecoach deliveries were regular occurrences. Rail service arrived in the late 19th century, and by the turn of the century Temecula had gained prominence as a shipping point for grain and cattle. The community's growth continued through the 20th century, with dramatic changes taking place in the 1970s with the onset of large-scale subdivision and development of real estate. In 1989, Temecula became incorporated as a city. Temecula today is the site of one of California's oldest wineries, and the Temecula Valley serves as one of the state's relatively small but significant wine producing regions.
Just over the Coastal Mountain Range to the west of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, a distance of just 22 miles is the Pacific Ocean. Temecula Valley spans a 32-square mile area. Elevations range from approximately 1,175 to 2,600 feet. The region is distinguished by natural, rolling hills with a big, open sky overhead. In winter, the snow-capped peaks of Mount San Jacinto and Palomar Mountain, as well as Mount San Bernardino and Mount San Gorgonio to the north, semi-circle the valley's panoramic vistas.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country enjoys welcoming weather year-round, often characterized as a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers, and cool winters with relatively low rainfall. Also significant is the valley's general weather pattern of morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon ocean breezes and cooler nights.
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