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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  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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  • Concannon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Concannon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2011


    Luscious and elegant aromas are earthy and slightly herbaceous, full of deep dark black fruit, green bell pepper and black cherry. Explosive flavors are ripe, juicy and powerful with black cherry, black licorice, black olive, blackberry preserves, and leather. Clove and cinnamon grace the long finish. Read More

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  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2010


    Cabernets are among our very favorite, so disappointed is mild compared to the bitter after taste of this 2011 vintage. The bouquet resembled acetone; we ended up discarding the rest of the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by chesterbrewmeister

  • Yeah, and what about hospital volunteers?  Or volunteers at a homeless ... SOME GROUP is picking on the Livermore area (Castro Valley is kinda lumped in with the Livermore wineries).  As I stated in the OP, they have stopped them all from serving anything but crackers without a special license.  That is NOT happening in Santa Cruz or Monterey ... Read More

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  • Channel 7 is a little late to this party. We've been discussing this on WB ... Member Joan BuchananAlamo, Livermore, Contra Costa...District OfficeSecond Monday of every month, 1pm - 4pmLivermore City Hall1052 S. Livermore Ave.Livermore, CATel: (925) 328-1515Fax: (925) 328-1514 Senator Mark DeSaulnier - Livermore, Contra Costa...District Offic... Read More

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  • As long as I've been wine tasting, I've encountered ... to several Livermore wineries that they are not allowed to serve any type of food, except crackers, without a special food permit.  Why Alameda County is cracking down while the rest of Cali is lax is a mystery to me.  Something is up here, and i don't like it at all Read More

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  • Sorry for the late arrival... have been offline a bit.Occasio winery, ... ... Don't focus on pinot for Livermore, because the grapes are brought in from elsewhere.Thomas Coyne has made some great zins in the past, but I have not been there in several years.  They may be worth a shot, but I cannot recommend presently.Don't skip Bent cree Read More

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  • Wente has some excellent Cabs and Chardonnays at reasonable prices.  Our favorite winery is Concannon mostly for their Petite Syrahs and blends. Read More

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  • Haha, thats what I thought! Will wait for NapaGirl to see if she has any words of wisdom :)MadManny, good advice, haven't played a spot of golf in a while! Read More

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  • Go to Wente and play golf there.  Then onto the tasting room and/or dining room. Read More

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