The Temecula Wine Country in Southern California is a living, thriving history that dates to 1969 and continues today. Each of the over forty wineries currently operating in Temecula has unique roots. As second and third generation wine makers now tend to the vineyards of this Tucson inspired Wine Country, award winning wines continue to surface from these unique Family wineries. Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery and Lake Oak Meadows are two of the exquisite properties where history is written everyday in Temecula Wine Country.
Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery was a vision of Guy Vitagliano, a native of Salina, Italy. Mr. Vitagliano developed a passion for the history and richness of the wines of his native country. In Temecula, he saw the opportunity to emulate the vintages of Italy in its scenic hills. As an estate vineyard, Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery, with just over 10 acres concentrates on producing handcrafted varietals in Southern California that rival the Super Tuscan varietals.
The rustic appeal of Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery is matched by its handcrafted varietals such as Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Muscat Canelli which are the perfect compliments to Italian Cuisine. A California native, stepped and schooled at the wineries in Temecula, Erik Erno leads the wine crafting at Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery.
Rising through the ranks as he learned his skills, Erick Erno is the vintner now entrusted by the Aglio Family to hand craft the wines of the family estate. On your visit to Temecula Wine Country in Southern California, a wine tasting experience at Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery is a must. The setting of Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery ranges from rustic to spectacularly old-world Tuscan on the superbly decorated property, Lake Oak Meadows, a Wedding and Event destination.
Lakeside private ceremony and reception sites have been designed and cultivated over the last 10 years at Lake Oak Meadows. Wedding ceremonies can be conducted on the peninsula that juts out into the lake that hosts fountains of water and fire for an impressive backdrop at any time of the day or night. The ramblings grounds are covered in manicured flower gardens that display arrays of color throughout the year. Heirloom roses accent rustic fencing, Italian Stonework, bronze fountains and European inspired statuary throughout the property.
Lush old native trees provide comfort and shade on grassy expanses, secluded walkways and outdoor patios. A horse drawn white antique styled carriage brings the Bride to her awaiting Groom at a ceremony location that can only be described as Fairy Tale. Spouting water, magnificent fire, sparkling lights and blowing fabric decorations are coordinated throughout the ceremony and reception area to accent the classic stone patios, stairways, unspoiled vineyard walkways.
Lake Oak Meadows provides all the amenities that the perfect wedding needs, a Bridal Suite, a Groom Suite and even a Honeymoon Suite is available onsite. Ceremony choices range from the quaint and homespun to the opulently extravagant. Catering options match the wedding theme from hors d’oeuvres to formal dining. A dance lounge and candle lit walkways accent the formal dining area adding to the ambience and exclusivities of the event.
The Lake Oak Meadows has been hosting fairy tale weddings for over 10 years and are experts in providing all the preparations and logistics necessary to play host to the perfect wedding. The property itself has been the subject of many photo journalistic essays as well as featured for its weddings and events in press throughout the State and beyond. Most recently featured in Ceremony Magazine, on Wedding Chicks, and on San Diego Style Wedding Blog. By the way San Diego is within driving distance of the iconic wedding and event venue.
Although a Wedding Dream come true, the staff and hosts of Lake Oak Meadows are prepared to host any private event for any occasion. The web site provides some amazing wedding day videos which will give you an overview of this Temecula Wedding and Event venue enhanced by the beauty of nature and the décor of inspiration.
Not everyone can experience the delight of this property by hosting or attending an event or wedding at Lake Oak Meadow, however a day of wine tasting or a private wine tasting at Vitagliano Vineyards and Winery will also provide a taste of this spectacularly crafted event venue harmonized into the natural settings of the beauty of Temecula Wine Country.
Thank you to Betty Lunde for making our tasting experience special.
Story by Daniel Dachille and Laine Page