The Pool at Bottaia offers the sweet life to guests

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The Pool at Bottaia, seen from the Bottaia Tasting Room patio, opened to the public, April 21. Jeff Pack photo

“La dolce vita” means “the sweet life” in Italian, and that’s exactly what the Pool at Bottaia aims to offer guests to the new pool, bar and cafe facility in Temecula Wine Country.

While Bottaia Winery is open by reservation only, strictly for adults ages 21 and over and is designed to offer an upscale experience for wine drinkers, the Pool at Bottaia is family friendly and a little more relaxed, but luxurious nonetheless.

For parents of young children who enjoy wine, it may be the best way to experience Bottaia’s Italian varietal wines without having to leave their children at home with a baby sitter.

“For me, the pool and cabines at Bottaia are a nostalgic reminder of happy summers spent at the beaches of Grado and Lignano, a few miles south of Udine, Italy, where our family is from, with my aunts and cousins,” managing partner Claudio Ponte said. “I remember changing into my swimming suit as a 6- or 7-year-old, and marveling that everyone had their own cabine with a shower. A few years later, now a young teen, I was allowed to take the bus with other local kids to the same beaches. It seemed so exciting.

“Now that 45 years have passed, I can see that it all was, oh, so quaint and innocent. We welcome our adult guests to spend warm days at the Pool at Bottaia with their children and grandchildren, enjoy the sun, the vineyard views, the cabines, and why not, while the kids swim, a nice meal and a cocktail,” Ponte said.

Guests enter the Pool at Bottaia through an entrance adjacent to the main winery tasting room overlooking the semi-Olympic-sized pool facility.

The area features lounge-side service and dining at the shaded Pool Cafe and Cocktail Bar, which serves a version of Bottaia Winery’s popular artisan charcuterie boards, paninis, salads and more.

They also have a dedicated children’s menu.

The bar area features Bottaia wines of course, but also Temecula Valley and international wines and a wide assortment of traditional and modern cocktails.

The pool opened April 21, and reservations are now being accepted to reserve one of the 30 Italian-style cabines – changing rooms with showers, hair dryers, storage and power for charging phones – plus chaise lounge chairs with umbrellas for shade.

For $100, guests can reserve a cabine and two chaise lounge chairs with a day pass. They will also get bottles of water and towels.

Guests can reserve a day pass with a chaise lounge chair for $35. They won’t get a cabine, but they will have all day access to the pool, drinking water, towels, a locker and use of the public showers.

The pool’s water temperature is maintained at 82 degrees – which they say is the temperature of tropical sea water – and has the latest ozone and ultraviolet technology to allow for use of the lowest legal levels of chlorine in the water.

Of course, surrounding the Pool at Bottaia are the winery vineyards – it’s not a bad way to spend a warm summer day.

The Pool at Bottaia, Cafe and Cocktail Bar is open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, and reservations are highly encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome but are subject to availability.

For more information about The Pool at Bottaia, Cafe and Cocktail Bar and Bottaia Winery, visit www.BottaiaWinery.com or Bottaia Winery on social media networks.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.