Even if you’re not into wine, the South Coast Winery & Resort (34843 Rancho California Rd., 951/587-9463, www.wineresort.com , daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $10) will make a stop worth your while. From the colorful frescoes decorating the tasting room to the posh GrapeSeed Spa, South Coast caters to the most luxury-loving travelers.
For the full South Coast experience, book one of their private villas for your stay and reserve a table at the Tuscan-style Vineyard Rose restaurant.
Back in the beautiful tasting room, you can try wines under the four different South Coast labels. From the splashy and moderately priced Elevation wines to the elegant Wild Horse Peak Mountain vintages, you’ll find a wine for every taste and every budget level.
For a special experience, take the inclusive $20 estate tour, which includes the vineyards as well as the production facilities and barrel rooms, and concludes with a private wine-and-cheese tasting.