Temecula is located in southwestern Riverside County, CA, United States. It was incorporated on December 1, 1989. Temecula is bordered by the City of Murrieta to the North and the Pechanga Indian Reservation and San Diego County to the south. The City forms the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region. The city is a prominent tourist destination, with the Wine Country, Old Town and the Polo Club. The Balloon & Wine Festival, the International Film Festival, championship golf courses, and resort accommodations attracting a significant amount of tourists which appreciably contributes to the city’s economic profile.
More than 40 years after Richard Break and Leon Borel first planted 56 varieties of wine-making grapes in five different locations for the newly formed Rancho California Development Corporation, the Temecula Valley has become recognized as a full-fledged appellation. In 1967 John Moramarco planted the first 1,000 acres of commercial wine-grapes for http://www.brooksidevineyard.com.au/index.htm . Today, there are approximately 40 wineries and more than 3,500 acres of producing vineyards. The wine country is a few miles east of the historic Old Town, with a variety of tasting rooms. The annual Balloon & Wine Festival is held at nearby Lake Skinner. The festival offers live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, and wine tasting, with many of the area’s local wineries represented.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) and its schools are consistently ranked as having the highest Academic Performance Indices within Riverside County. Great Oak High School, Chaparral High, and Temecula Valley High have all received silver medals in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings awarded by U.S. News & World Report. The district’s general boundaries extend north to Baxter Road in French Valley, south to the Riverside/San Diego county line, east to Vail Lake, and west to the Temecula city limit. The district covers approximately 148 square miles, with an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students (Grades K-12).