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Wine Making Philosophy

SMALL SCALE WINE MAKING

Joe and Nancy Hart’s wine odyssey began in the 1960’s when California’s wine culture was much simpler than today; when there were far fewer American wine consumers and when the California wines consumed were different varietals and fewer in number. Blended wines, wines in jugs rather than bag-in-box, and dessert wines dominated the mix.

In 1970, the Harts discovered the Temecula Valley and after much research deemed the Valley’s granitic soils, warm days, and cool nights to be ideal for winemaking. Over the next ten years Joe and Nancy and their three sons planted grapes and constructed the current winery on the north west corner of the property, and in 1980 opened Hart Winery. Later that same year, the first wines bearing the Hart label were produced, bottled and sold. The vineyard and winery have grown steadily in production yet the team at Hart continue to focus on estate grown and locally sourced grapes for their wines. The Hart family places an emphasis on matching grape varieties with terroir . Numerous Gold Medals and Best of Class Awards throughout the years attest to recognition by industry peers as well as by the public to the excellence of Hart Winery wines.

Today, in keeping with the philosophy that small-scale winemaking is an art form engaged in by a winemaker with a passion for wine, Jim Hart and team produce about 4000 cases of premium wine annually.

testimonials

What a beautiful place! We did a winery tour through a limo service and this is the first place he took us. I absolutely loved it. Gorgeous Tuscany like views, great wine, be sure to take some photos.”

Darrelle G.
Darrelle G.Littleton, CO

“The wine is delicious, the service is fantastic and the views are unbelievable. If visiting Temecula, don't miss this winery!”

Cory H.
Cory H.Naples, FL

“I was told that Hart is one of the original Temecula Wineries, and after visiting recently it totally gives off that type of vibe. Small, quaint, and usually stocked with locals, it's just the type of place that I prefer when I'm up in this area.”

Danny WEncinitas, CA
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People in team

Jim Hart
Jim Hart
Head Winemaker
Mike Hart
Mike Hart
Asst. Winemaker
Joe Hart
Joe Hart
Founding Winemaker
Christine Hart
Christine Hart
Business Manager
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