The city of Temecula has its roots in the early days of California. At one time it was a stagecoach stop, had built the second post office in the state, and housed a train station that connected San Diego to the north (before the the surf line through Oceanside was built). Many of the buildings that accommodate Old Town Temecula’s numerous restaurants and shops were originally built in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Even the informational historical placards look like they have experienced a bit of history. The extremely primitive town jail, was actually a wine cellar before it became a cell. Wine and Temecula go way back too. The first grapes were planted by the Spanish in 1820, decades before any of the events listed above took place. First comes the wine, then comes the people.