Masia de Yabar Winery
As one of Temecula’s newest wineries, Masia de Yabar Winery opened in 2008. The winery owner Wilmer Yabar originally hails from Peru and traces his ancestry to Spain. He and his brother decided to follow a dream and purchased property in San Juan, Argentina. As a practicing dentist, Dr. Yabar, who has studied viticulture and wine-making, needed to remain close to home and felt Temecula was the perfect place to set up his winery.
La masia loosely translates as “manor house”. It really is more of a concept than a word. The term la masia originates in the Catalan region of Spain, where, following the end of feudalism in the 16th century, people created areas of agriculture and industry to support themselves and their extended families. In modern times, it connotes an atmosphere of mutual joy and support of a good life. Dr. Yabar seeks to represent the spirit of la masia at his Temecula winery with wine from the Tulum Valley of Argentina, Flamenco music and dance, tapas and special events.
Masia de Yabar Winery, part of the De Portola Wine Trail, features wines from its Argentine vineyards. The Yabars first planted Malbec and Torrontes in 2004. Now, the winery offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah, Zinfandel, Monastrell, and Garnacha. Grapes from the South Coast and from Temecula produce these wines. Dr. Yabar’s winemakers also are producing a Malbec Rosé, a Malbec Oak and a Sherry from grapes grown at his property in Argentina.