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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Livermore View all

  • Bent Creek Winery

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

  • Retzlaff Estate Wines

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

  • Livermore Valley Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Fenestra Winery

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

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  • Page Mill Winery Sauvignon Blanc Livermore Valley 2012

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    A little custardy creaminess to the fruit on the nose, which shows a nice green fruitiness with gentle spice and sweet, nectarine aromas. Dry, clean and focused in the mouth with very fine mint, mineral, floral, and sweet pea shoot nuances framing a core of nectarine fruit. This is tense, a touch simple and unusual but lovely with a gently dust... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Port Blend Livermore Valley Port 2012

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    100% Touriga NacionalA bit spirity but showing fabulous spice and blue fruit and flowers flooding the nose with hints of mint, cinnamon, orange peel, and a medicinal hint of quinine Fairly sweet, smooth and polished in the mouth. Rich with raisins and dates and dried cherry fruit topped with some black tea, chocolate, carob, quinine, and some c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Red Meritage Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2011

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    45%Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot,12% Cabernet Franc, 6% MalbecQuite complex on the nose with layered aromas of vanilla bean, smoky oak, green chili, dried herb, black currant, a bit of oak char, some grilled meat, and blackberry fruit. Plump on entry and a bit loaded with wood sweetness which fairly quickly washes away leaving... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Touriga Francesca Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2009

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    Tight on the nose, dusty with a bit of beet root, and some inky, ashy minerality along with moderately imposing toasty oaks spice. Big, powerful, and mouth filling with sweetish, blue plum fruit framed with hints of ink, rhubarb, and again minerals. Packed with soft tannins and fairly powerful for the Murrieta's Well line-up, this lineup, this s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Zarzuela Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2011

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    32% Souzao, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Tempranillo, 13%Barbera, 11% Graciano, 1%TourigaEarthy on the nose with an early bit of cedar followed by dark blue fruit, vanilla, earthy fruit that is a bit plummy, wood shavings, and a hint of juniper. rather full on entry with an early hint of juniper in the mouth, followed by lovely blue fruit with violet f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Los Tesoros Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Tight on the nose with more oak than fruit though late arriving notes of candied wild blackcherry does rise from the glass with time. Polished and restrained up front, with lots of rich but not weighty fruit, blueberries and candied cherry flavors are nicely done but lacks much of the earth and herb that distinguishes Cab Franc. Theres great de... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Tempranillo Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2012

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    23% Petit VerdotQuite floral on the nose with scents of African violet, stemmy and floral, along with hints of pencil lead and finely integrated sweet oak spice. Powerful and yet elegant in the mouth, this has fine structure and real richness and depth with blackberry fruit, a bit of coffee, and big mineral notes on the palate. Complexity comes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well 'The Spur' 2011

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    31% Petite Sirah, 29% Petite Verdot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet FrancInky and earthy on the nose with stemmy herb notes, lots of American oak vanilla and saw dust on the nose which is rugged and raw. Tight and raw on entry as well, though this does show some nicey ripe soft tannins but there are plenty of them, along with mod... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Zinfandel Livermore Valley 2011

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    75 Zinfandel, 19 Primitivo, 6 Petite SirahHuge zin berry fruit on the nose, rich with aromas of briar, bramble, spice, and loads of red berry and blackberry fruit. On entry one finds a dose of nicely integrated wood spice followed by candied wild cherry fruit in a style that is super clear and polished. Decidedly delicate on the palate with go... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta's Well Meritage White Livermore Valley 2011

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    60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% SemillonWaxy, with a big semillon nose showing of aromas of raw almond green hazelnut, green pear skin, and earthy base notes. With lots of acid up front, followed by good depth of flavors, this comes across as complex with orchard fruits, earthy accents, and hints of older wood. With a little air it develops a slightly ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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