Nestled in the heart of the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Thornton Winery opened in 1988. The winery combines old world style with new world taste to create award-winning and premium varietal wine. The Méthode Champenoise process is used because it has proven to be the best for producing fine quality Sparkling Wine/Champagne.
From the beginning, Thornton Winery has utilized skills perfected in blending Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine/Champagne and then applied them to the new premium varietal still wines in 1993. The result: more awards and medals. Over the years, some very unique premium varietal wines have been added to the product line. These varietals emulate classic wine styles of the Mediterranean and Rhône regions.
Historic Thornton Winery
THORNTON WINERY favors producing wine that is exciting for its freshness, bursting with flavor and showcasing the distinct characteristics of the varietals included in the blend using whole cluster pressing, extensive blending, barrel aging, and different vinification techniques.
Thornton Winery’s old world charm and grace are most apparent when visiting the winery in Temecula. The winery, an elegant French-style chateau overlooking the graceful vineyards of the Temecula Valley, highlights Café Champagne, a breathtaking Fountain Terrace, Herb Gardens, Gift Shop, and Champagne Lounge.
Thornton Winery is proud of Café Champagne’s dedicated staff who have made the restaurant a Four Star Award-Winning Gourmet establishment featuring “Contemporary Fusion Cuisine.” The winery is the perfect venue for the widely popular, Champagne Jazz concert series, scheduled from April through October. Nationally renowned, Contemporary Jazz artists perform on the beautiful Fountain Terrace—the winery’s intimate, outdoor setting.
Thornton Winery offers fabulous facilities for Weddings, Banquets, and Winery Tours.