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

  • Merlot

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Mitchell Katz Winery

    Mitchell Katz Winery is an innovative Livermore Valley winery dedicated exclusively to producin...

  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery

    McGrail Vineyards is a family owned winery specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. On the hilltop of ...

  • Murrieta's Well

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

  • John Christopher Cellars

    ohn Christopher Cellars is a family owned winery located in the Livermore Valley producing around...

  • Rios-Lovell Estate Winery

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

  • Wood Family Vineyards

    Wood Family Vineyards is a family run winery located in the eastern foothills of Livermore Valley...

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  • What part confused you, the $23 or the Livermore AVA. For a rosé? Better rock, sorry to hear it didn't work. Read More

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  • Ok.. I opened this tonight.  I hate it.  A friend talked me into ... ... is a Rose of Cab Sauv from Livermore.  I won't be buying mor Read More

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  • Wente Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Creamy tones emerge on the nose followed by subtly sweet layers of fresh herbs, grapefruit, cactus leaves, hints of figs, and pithy citrus notes. elegant on entry and seamless with some riverstones early on the palate followed by a rich, slightly creamy midpalate filled with nuanced herbal accents over a core of slightly candied pink grapefruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011

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    Black olive vegetal nose. A very cool, calm and collected Cab that embraces you with its tannins and red fruit. Easy drinking cab that embodies all the best elements of the grape variety. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Darcie Kent Madden Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


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