Livermore Wine

The Livermore Valley AVA is located within Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay region of California’s Central Coast. It’s one of the oldest regions, with a grape-growing history that dates back to the 1700s, beginning with missionaries planting grapes for ceremonial wines and expanding with the pioneer settlements into the 19th century. The region is named for Robert Livermore, who founded the first commercial vineyard in the 1840s. The successful vineyard started by James Concannon in 1883 has been named a historical landmark. By 1889, wines from Livermore Valley were winning gold at the Paris Exposition. It’s also the region that is credited with the first varietal labellings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Syrah and it is thought that a large percentage of Chardonnay vines grown today are descendants of Livermore Valley vines.

Once it recovered from the triple threat of Phylloxera, the Prohibition and the Great Depression it emerged as one of the state’s most Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Livermore View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Livermore View all

  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery & Vineyard

    Family owned and operated, we do everything from the careful thinning of the grapes to the aging ...

  • Fenestra Winery

    We produce a wide range of wines, 7 or 8 white wines and about 12 red wines including some less w...

  • Bodegas Aguirre

    Specializing in Estate grown premium red wines, we are proud to present the fruit of the work our...

  • Rios-Lovell Estate Winery

    Rios-Lovell Estate Winery sits on top of a knoll and has an amazing panoramic view of hundreds of...

  • Retzlaff Estate Wines

    30 years ago Bob and Gloria Retzlaff Taylor planted, on their 14 acre parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon,...

  • Bent Creek Winery

    Bent Creek Winery is nestled in the rolling hills southeast of Livermore. With the backdrop of an...

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  • Back to wine, whatever happened to :Wente and the Livermore Valley?Showed so much promise three or four decades ago. Read More

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  • Bent Creek Wines Petite Sirah Port 2009

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  • Fenestra Winery Estate Infrared Gsm 2012

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  • Fenestra Winery Estate Infrared Gsm 2012

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  • Fenestra Winery Zinfandel 2012

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  • Al, let us know when you crack one open, would like to read your tasting ... this Eric Kent (Livermore) white with some dijon mustard, chicken, kale, potato and leek soup. This is a very enjoyable Sonoma Coast Chard. The nose comes across a bit buttery and spicy but not overly so. The palate is balanced, soft and creamy with notes of creme brul... Read More

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  • Marketing. It's a $13 grocery store Cab and a $10 Chardonnay. The label is ... Part of The Wine Group of Livermore."Established in 1981, The Wine Group is the world’s third largest winery by volume. Based out of Livermore, CA in the historic Concannon Estate with additional wineries in California, Argentina and Australia. The Wine Group is man... Read More

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Madden Ranch Syrah Livermore 2009

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    Dark black fruit and spice filling the nose with rich blackberry and black currant notes taking the lead with a touch of bay leaf and black pepper adding a bit of character. This is elegant and austere on the palate, with dark chocolate and cedar notes packing the mouth, followed up by more rich blackberry and black currant. This has a nice smok... Read More

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  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2008

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  • Concannon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Selected Vineyards 2009

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