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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

Popular Wineries in Livermore View all

  • Bodegas Aguirre

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

  • Fenestra Winery

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

  • Murrieta's Well

    With a deeply rooted history, unsurpassed terroir and rich winemaking heritage, Murrieta’s Well i...

  • Stony Ridge Winery

    The original Stony Ridge winery was established in 1887 at the historic Ruby Hills site in Pleasa...

  • Livermore Valley Cellars

    This is a great little winery producing a variety of robust red wines and refreshing whites. We ...

  • Tamás Estates

    At TAMÁS Estates we craft wines for adventurous consumers who are passionate about experiencing n...

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Livermore on Snooth

  • I'm digging this thread out of the pile since I had an opportunity last ... to do some exploring of the Livermore wine scene.Being the nerd engineer that I am, I keep spreadsheets on all kinds of things much of which are wine related.  I have one spreadsheet labeled "California Other" with tabs for wineries in regions like Livermore, Amador, S... Read More

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  • Murrieta's Well the Spur Red Blend Livermore Valley 2015

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    Floral aromas of fresh licorice, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of green pepper and spice adding some complexity and a creamy vanilla note. This is lively and fun on the palate with juicy and jammy black cherry and purple fruit, fun cinnamon, vanilla bean and black pepper spice, gentle tannins and good acidity throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murrieta's Well Dry Rose Livermore Valley 2017

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    Nicely expressive rose petal and watermelon fruit aromas. Impressive depth of fruit on the palate with notes of cherry and strawberry, watermelon and cranberry, a touch of smoky earth towards the finish keeps the palate grounded but throughout theres a crisp acidity that plays well against the fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murrieta's Well Small Lot Sauvignon Blanc Livermore Valley 2017

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    Mineral citrus aromas with tropical fruit notes of pineapple with lemon zest and green apple. Fresh minerality and bold acidity on the palate with lemon drop fruit and a creamy textured palate of lightly green melon and fresh peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murrieta's Well the Whip White Blend Livermore Valley 2016

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    Orange and tangerine notes are lightly floral and creamy with fresh minerality and hints of lime zest. Fresh, perky acidity on the palate with creamy orange notes, tea leaf and a finish of green apple and floral white peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I was happy to participate in the most recent Snooth  virtual tasting ... ... of Murrieta's Well from Livermore Valley. Here's the article I published on the Vino-Sphere blog: Click on photo for link. Read More

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  • A few years too late, but I'm searching for those as well.  Recently ... it up with paso robles and Livermore from time to time Read More

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  • Concannon Vineyard Red Blend Livermore Valley Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010

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    Wine review by mxpx5678


  • Running With Scissors Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Not much on the body end and the same with the nose. Mostly red fruit, soft tannins not much of a finish. Paul 82 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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