Walk the streets of Spain in Temecula’s Wine Country

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Bolero opens its doors for the first time Friday, June 12, at Europa Village in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

Step inside an immersive Spanish culture at Europa Village’s newest addition, Bolero. The replica of a village or street in Spain turned winery opened its doors Friday, June 12. Bolero will open up its 10 casitas to guests Friday, June 19.

Upon entering, guests are greeted by Spanish architecture, jewelry imported from Spain and a large tasting room and restaurant that offers Spanish wines.

The concept began with owner of founder Dan Stephenson, who spent time traveling around Europe in the 1970s.

Bolero opens its doors for the first time Friday, June 12, at Europa Village in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Upon entering, if guests look up to the left, they’ll see several rooms: one of these is the bridal suite, followed by some staff offices. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
A private dining room as available at Europa Village in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

“He fell in love with Europe, the hospitality, the food, the culture, and his whole vision was to bring that to America in some way, shape or form,” Jason Maciel, marketing and public relations manager, said.

Europa Village has completed its first of three wineries, which will include Vienza and C’est La Vie, which is also known as Prelude, to guests. The three wineries will each have its own theme: Spanish, French or Italian.

Anyone who visits Bolero is provided with complimentary olive oil and vinegar tastings. According to Nikki Tuttlemondo of Bolero’s boutique, Brio, Europa Village sourced the best olive oil and vinegars that can be found in Spain, Italy and France.

“They’re truly special,” Tuttlemondo said. “Then we picked a certain bottle that we wanted for our branding and we bottle it all ourselves.”

The topper also has their logo on it, and if guests want to purchase the olive oil or vinegar after they taste it, they can purchase it in Brio.

“We wanted to set ourselves apart as retail in Temecula Valley and wineries in general,” Tuttlemondo said. “To do that we offer a couple things, we offer high end designers that are from all over the country and world that we carry.”

Some of the items come from high end designers such as Tom Ford and Virgin Saints and Angels.

“We have kitchen products, wine products, gourmet foods that you just can’t buy at Barons or Albertsons, just really speciality items,” Tuttlemondo said. “We do a lot of research and we pick out some of the finest items that can be found.”

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on some of their items, however.

“When COVID-19 happened, it was really hard to get because there was a halt on a lot of the items,” Tuttlemondo said. “We’re not seeing some items that we did source that we never could get our hands on.”

Maciel said that the items in the store are one of a kind and are meant to feel like they’re bringing back unique pieces.

Those visiting for the day can find openings for Bolero’s restaurant and tasting room online or enjoy complimentary olive oil and vinegar tastings. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Bolero opens up its 10 casitas to guests, starting Friday, June 19. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

General manager John Goldsmith said the project’s conception started in 2005.

“It’s been 15 years in the making,” he said. “People are blown away today. I think when they see the finished product, the level of design that went into it, people are amazed.”

Bolero also offers its own restaurant. Those visiting for the day can find openings for Bolero’s restaurant and tasting room online.

“It’s a traditional, communal dining experience,” Maciel said. “It’s sort of our unique twist on Spanish cuisine, so you’ll have particular items like ceviche and paella, and some other unique items as well.”

Due to social distancing guidelines, Bolero is operating at about 50% capacity, according to Maciel. Employees are required to wear masks. Guests are also required to wear masks following the June 18 state mandate, and can only be removed when eating or drinking, but must be worn when entering Europa Village.

“Reservations are highly recommended,” Maciel said. “You can book online or by calling in, but we do take walk-ins as well if the availability is there. For the next three weeks, all the weekends are sold out for reservations.”

They also offer a ballroom area available for weddings and other large gatherings.

“When visitors come to wine country, they tend to go to about three wineries,” Maciel said. “When you come here, you’ll get to experience three different wineries in one visit.”

For more information, visit https://www.europavillage.com/bolero.

This article has been updated Monday, June 22 to reflect the June 18 face mask mandate.

Lexington Howe can be reached by email at lhowe@reedermedia.com.