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Southern California Wine Visionaries Phil and Carol Baily of Baily Winery Inducted Into the Temecula Valley Wine Country Hall of Fame

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) announced the induction of two wine country visionaries into the TVWA Hall of Fame at this year’s annual Grape Day event: Phil and Carol Baily, founders of Baily Winery in Temecula Valley. To be honored with induction into the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame, individuals must have made demonstrable contributions to enhancing the reputation and distinction of the Temecula Valley appellation and its wines.

The Baily family planted their first acre of grapes in 1982, expanding to six acres in 1983. They founded Baily Winery in 1986, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon using carbonic maceration. Over time, they acquired a 20-acre vineyard and opened the Baily Wine Country Café and Carol’s tasting room. They now have 25 acres of grapes, a modern production facility, and a visitor center offering wine and food experiences in Temecula Valley.

Baily Winery is celebrated for their classic wines made using old-world techniques, and for creating their iconic vertical tasting experience, which has helped establish the region as a place capable of producing exceptional age-worthy wines. Phil Baily has also been an active member and longtime president of the TVWA Board of Directors. His leadership helped the region pass the first ever wine and agricultural heritage district in 2021.

“Phil and Carol Baily are among the most well-known and well-respected people in Temecula Valley Wine Country, and with good reason,” said TVWA executive director Krista Chaich. “The Bailys have always had a region-before-individual mentality, and this passionate support and advocacy of the Valley has been instrumental in propelling us all to where we are today.”

TVWA also recognized two additional visionaries, Joe Vera and Billy Bower, with Life of Dedication awards. Vera’s decades of work as cellar master for Wilson Creek Winery earned him more than 50 harvests in Temecula Valley. Bower, who passed away in 2023, was director of agriculture at Stage Ranch Farm Management, overseeing 450 acres of Temecula Valley vineyards. With this award, both are recognized for their tireless work to promote and elevate the reputation of Temecula Valley Wine Country and pave the way for future generations.

For more information about Temecula Valley Wine Country and wineries, visit www.temeculawines.org.

ABOUT TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

Located within a 60-minute drive from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley is widely recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular wine destination is southern California’s largest wine producing region by volume.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit regional organization. The TVWA (TemeculaWines.org) is dedicated to promoting the making and growing of quality wine and wine grapes in the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area).

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