Temecula Valley Wine Country’s newest winery, Altisima Winery, has a name that expresses its aspirations.
“What altisima means in Spanish is soaring to new heights,” said Tracy Frost, one of the partners in the business.
After nearly four years in the making, Altisima will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, April 9. The party had originally been scheduled on March 5, but was postponed due to rain.
The 30-acre property occupies a ridge on De Portola Road.
The land was already being used to grow grapes but didn’t have a winery, Frost said in a phone interview.
Nine families joined in the project, according to Frost.
“We really just came together because we love wine,” she said. “And we were passionate about helping Temecula Valley, strengthening the quality of the experience at local wineries here.”
The partners constructed two buildings on the property, a production building and a main building with a tasting room, restaurant and second floor members lounge with a large patio.
“Upstairs has amazing views,” Frost said. “We probably have the best views in the valley.”
The project was originally called De Portola Estate Winery, which Frost said is still the legal name, but the partners decided to change the business name shortly before its soft opening in early November. She said the name Altisima better fits the brand they are trying to establish, with Spanish-style wines and food.
The winery’s restaurant, Gaspar’s, remains named after Gaspar De Portola, an 18th century Spanish explorer. It serves small plates such as calamari, sautéed shrimp and grilled asparagus with Spanish ham.
Gaspar’s is currently open for lunch, but Frost said the goal is to expand its hours after Altisima becomes established.
“That was one of the things that was super important to us, being able to ensure that we’re creating an experience that is elevated and really help the Temecula wine area grow its reputation.”
The April 9 festivities will include live music by the Los Angeles-based band Paco Versailles; a special menu at Gaspar’s; paella prepared by San Diego caterer Tapa Stand; and retail from local sponsors, such as the Fallbrook-based Hidden Forest Art Gallery.
Guests will be served on a first-come-first-served basis, with seating in the restaurant limited to 90 minutes, according to a Facebook post from the winery. But some VIP tables can be reserved. Send an email to email@example.com for pricing and details.
Where: 37440 De Portola Road, Temecula
Tasting room: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Gaspar’s Restaurant: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.