Keyways Vineyard and Winery
When Terri Pebley Delhamer purchased Keyways Vineyard & Winery in 2004, the estate became the only winery in Temecula Valley owned and managed by a woman. Founded by Carl Key in 1989, Keyways winery is one of Temecula Valley’s original wineries. Ms. Pebley Delhamer worked with an interior designer friend to renovate the entire estate to reflect California’s Spanish mission history.
David Raffaele is Keyways’s winemaker. After spending a great deal of time in the Italy, he returned to California with a keen interest in creating that Mediterranean atmosphere within California’s wine culture. Ms. Pebley Delhamer selected Mr. Raffaele as Keyway’s winemaker after his apprenticeship. Their goal is to create boutique wines that reflect the sensibility of the Temecula Valley.
In order to accommodate current wine tastes, Ms. Pebley Delhamer replaced the Zinfandel vines with Grenache, Roussanne, Viognier and Tempranillo. Offerings include 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Petit Verdot, 2009 Chardonnay, 2010 Estate Viognier and several dessert wines. In May 2011, Keyways Vineyard & Winery announced that several wines had won awards at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. The 2010 Viognier received a gold medal. This wine also has won other awards. The Riesling, Petit Verdot and Territage received bronze medals.
In addition to the tasting room, Keyways features a gift shop and a bistro. Visitors can enjoy sandwiches, cheese pairings for wine, and other snacks. Bistro patrons may purchase a bottle of wine and a picnic and take advantage of the delightful and romantic landscape that Ms. Pebley Delhamer has sought to create.