It started with a simple idea: “let’s make it a family project.” The year was 1996 and Rosie and Gerry Wilson had just retired from their careers as cooking show host and financial planner respectively when one of their grown children suggested going into the wine business. After much discussion, and research, the Wilsons, along with three of their children with emerging families of their own, planted their dreams of a winery in the fertile soil of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.
Today, the roots of the Wilson Family dream are alive and well in a wine-centered environment like no other in the Temecula Valley. The Wilson’s family project is now one of the most popular wine destinations in Southern California with more than 2,000 people visiting every week and more than 100,000+ cases of wine sold around the country each year.
At the heart of this effort is the attention to family and hospitality. There is rarely a moment when a Wilson Family member is not on the property and Matriarch Rosie Wilson is often seen walking one of the family Golden Retrievers through the grounds greeting people and talking with guests.
From the beginning, Wilson Creek has focused on developing wines that “communicate” with people. From its breakout Almond Sparkling Wine, and its ever-growing family of effervescent delights, to bold new age varietals, Wilson Creek wines continue to break new ground in vinicultural circles. Wilson Creek wines have won prestigious awards every year since 2002 including many rated 90+ by Wine Enthusiast. In a blind tasting for the “People’s Choice Awards”, Wilson Creek’s Petite Sirah was deemed “Best Red Wine in the Temecula Valley.”
The variety of wines at Wilson Creek is pared with a healthy dose of hospitality. As a destination winery, Wilson Creek is ideal for weddings, corporate and special events, and family celebrations. In addition to the daily events and tasting activities, the winery offers a full-service restaurant with an expansive patio, creekside picnic area, exclusive accommodations, and private labeled wines.
The simple pleasure of enjoying wine goes to the heart of the mission at Wilson Creek with a goal to provide an atmosphere that creates a fun experience through connecting with people while enjoying a wide selection of wine.
The Wilson family has built an extended-family community around the sharing of wine, food and hospitality, turning visitors into friends and wine lovers into ambassadors for the brand.