Wine Tasting

Bella Vista Cilurzo Vineyard & Winery


Information on Temecula Wineries, Wine Tasting and the Vineyards in the Temecula Valley



Bella Vista Winery, the first commercial vineyard in Temecula. Our first priority is the quality of our wine. Select From White Wine, Red Wine or Champagne.

Our mission is to make sure our visitors not only enjoy their tasting experience but feel comfortable with our friendly staff. Everyone from first-time tasting novices to educated connoisseurs should feel free to visit and ask questions.

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41220 Calle Contento
Temecula, Ca.
951-676-5250

Bella Vista Winery is open 7 days a week except for Major Holidays.
Winter Hours 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
After April 2nd, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The cost of wine tasting is $6 for five tastes and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Bella Vista History

The Temecula wine region began developing in the mid-1960's when The Kaiser Land Development Company purchased what was known as Vail Ranch in 1964 and began investing in and marketing the Temecula Valley. Horticulturalists were brought in to evaluate the area to learn what type of agricultural products could be grown. Along with avocados, the experts determined that wine vineyards were well suited for the valley. The cool moist air from the coast would settle in the Temecula Appellation in the evening and would burn off the following morning, perfect for grape growing. Vines were planted on our Calle Contento property in 1968 by the first owner. Five acres of the original acres are still producing adjacent to the winery, which was built in 1978.

Two years ago Imre and Gizella Cziraki purchased the former Cilurzo Winery, the location of Temecula's first commercial vineyard. The Czirakis have been updating and modernizing the winery facility and grounds since the purchase.

Bella Vista's owner Imre Cziraki began making wine at age 7 with his grandfather in Hungary. He purchased his first vineyard in La Cresta in 1982 which was followed by the purchase of his Bella Vista Vineyard in 1998 and the winery property in 2004. The first renovation was to take a large storage room and transform it into our expansive tasting bar. Other changes include improvements to our cask room where parties and receptions can be held.

In the coming months the vista area above the winery will be completed with shady palapas areas along a brickwork walkway that circles our duck pond. In the future, facilities will be added to accommodate weddings, parties and events.

Bella Vista Winery and Vineyard of Temecula uses in our wines 80% estate grown grapes and 20% other Temecula grapes. The winery has a crush capacity of 280 tons with a production of approximately 15,000 cases of wine which include a '03 Viognier, a '02 Sonata, a newly released '01 Cabernet Sauvignon and a '03 Chardonnay.