Europa Village Brings the Charm of Spain to Temecula’s Wine Country
by Linda Stewart
Come this spring, there’s a new winery in town. Or, I should say, a new winery in the village – Europa Village Winery that is. This new winery will showcase Europa’s Spanish varietal wines. And the name, Bolero, is an ode to the music and dance of Spain. The Spanish architecture is as romantic and dramatic as Ravel’s music, and will include an open courtyard, with an inviting Mediterranean fireplace as a focal point.
Along with fellow wine writers, I had the chance to take a tour of Bolero (still under construction) with Chad Ducharme as our knowledgeable guide. The winery will have a large tasting room, restaurant, gift shop, event rooms, and a hotel. The hotel will consist of ten casitas. The floors are a beautiful terracotta tile, the beds are king-size, and all casitas will have own private patio and fire pit.
The restaurant will feature traditional fare from Spain, such as tapas and paella, and offer a private dining room, which will be ideal to celebrate special occasions. Guests to Bolero will appreciate the spacious, charming tasting room and will be able to enjoy winery events among the wine barrels in the fermentation room. Of special interest to me, as a wine club member, is the members only tasting room, which will be open a generous seven days a week. For the shopper, the gift store will offer wine-related gifts and “grab and go” food options.
Bolero will be open by the end of April and is the first European winery in the scope of the Europa Village global vision. A five-year plan will include two more wineries – Vienza (Italian varietal wines) and C’est la Vie (French varietal wines) – and a 40-room “Hotel on the Hill.” Upon completion of Europa’s concept, Temecula Valley will have a welcoming touch of Europe with its own European village of wineries.