Temecula Valley’s wine industry is at risk. Wineries, and the visitors who enjoy them, rely on vineyards to supply both wine grapes and the green space authentic to a true wine growing region.
We implore Riverside County, California's Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to prioritize vineyard development over interests that are incompatible with Wine Country’s unique agricultural character.
We ask you to uphold the Mission Statement put forth in the Temecula Valley Wine Country Community Plan to “preserve vineyard lands and to create an environment that encourages development of wineries with the goal of making the Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country known and respected worldwide."
Vineyards are essential for the following reasons:
- Vineyards produce wine grapes. No wine grapes = no wine.
- Vineyards provide noise and traffic buffers that protect residents from the impact of visitors and special events.
- Vineyards create the unique, agricultural character than attracts millions of visitors and tax dollars to the Temecula Valley for an authentic, rural, agro-tourism experience.
“If you’ve heard of Napa Valley wine country, but you’ve never heard of Rancho Cucumonga wine country, you know how important it is to protect viticultural land from developers unrelated to the wine industry. Rancho Cucumonga once had the biggest swath of vineyards in California. Now, it’s a suburb.” – John Kelliher, Grapeline Wine Shuttle.
Thank you for considering our position on this issue so vital to the continuance of Temecula Valley's important wine industry.