For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. This is ours.
Vineyards and wine making are by no means new to Temecula. Wine making began at Mission San Diego de Alcala in 1769 and has continued ever since. By the 19th century the majority of wine came from Southern California before eventually being surpassed by the explosion of the Northern California wine industry.
In the 1960s Temecula Valley led the way to a revival of vine culture in Southern California, driven by the unique climate that kisses this area. The mountain passes that lead into Temecula Valley provide a gateway for cool, moist ocean breezes. This microclimate is perfect for producing the rich fruity grapes that Temecula is known for.
Avensole Winery is especially rich in the history of Southern California wine making. The property was first planted with wine grapes in 1969 by wine making pioneer Vince Cilurzo, who introduced Petite Syrah and Chenin Blanc. Development of the Avensole vineyard was completed in 1986 by Bud Van Roekel, who planted Muscat Canelli, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. It was Bud’s goal to spare no expense to produce the finest grapes in California. We think he succeeded, and that the grapes produced by our vineyard are the finest in Temecula, and some of the very best in all of California. Great fruit – as grapes are called in our industry – is what allows us to produce great wines.
There are now over 40 licensed wineries and 70 growers that farm vineyards throughout the Temecula Valley. The wines produced from our appellation are winning awards in California, across the United States, and even in France itself. Those wines, together with Temecula’s magnificent climate and beautiful vistas, attract visitors from all over the world. Those are the elements that attracted us and brought us to Temecula.
We first saw the winery in 2013, and almost immediately fell in love with the sprawling hilltop estate and fantastic views across Temecula Wine Country. In 2014, joined by my sister, Maribeth Lytton (Levine), we purchased the winery (then known as Van Roekel), and renamed it Avensole, a word comprised of “avventura” (Italian for adventure) and “sole” (for “one of a kind” or “matchless”). With the philosophy that discovery and adventure make life meaningful, we decided to make Avensole our greatest adventure of all.