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.

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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

  • Livermore Valley Cellars

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

  • Cedar Mountain Winery

    CEDAR MOUNTAIN WINERY was established in the Livermore Valley in 1990. Earl & Linda Ault bought t...

  • Mitchell Katz Winery

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

  • Murrieta's Well

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

  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Stony Ridge Winery

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

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Livermore on Snooth

  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley Charles Wetmore Reserve 2005

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    Wine review by mark


  • Concannon Vineyard Red Blend Livermore Valley Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2009

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    So...trying my best to venture beyond my favorite style (pinot noir). This ... This petite sirah from the Livermore Valley reminds me of pinot noir. Almost too silky and smooth, but difficult to ignore the beautiful black berry, spice, and apple pie notes. Very good at $1 Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • Ok, so here are my reasons for not being enthralled:Hate Livermore and Amador syrah (which you guys would hate too, but more available to me)Even many Paso Syrahs are "hot"... too much fruit, too much ETOH.Even my fave Santa Barbara Syrah did not bowl me over after I sourced it (after tasting at Rhone rangers)I went to Paul Marcus (bout 2yrs ago... Read More

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  • It’s easier to get rid of a case of syphilis than it is to get rid of a ... were from warmer areas like Livermore and Amador cty.  But I have had a few cooler syrahs.. Carlisle, Balletto.  I just find them a flash in the pan, so to speak.  Maybe you get that pepper, then the fruit and then done.   too anticlimatic for me.  Even with Zins, whic... Read More

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  • Three Wishes Merlot Livermore Valley NV

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    I was pretty impressed with the smoothness of this wine for the price. Brought a bottle of Cab Sauvignon home from Three Wishes. Looking forward to trying it. Read More

    Wine review by Scooby


  • Ruby Hill Grapeful Red 2007

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    It is very good! Read More

    Wine review by 49erbacker


  • OK, check this out: I have been trying to make room in my storage ... ... ... 1979 Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Petite Sirah--Celebrating 100 years of winemaking.Well, I just tasted it and it is excellent.  Smokey, leathery nose.  Some stone fruit flavors that are covered by the smokiness.  Very, very short finish on an uncomplicated wine ... Read More

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  • Concannon Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Petite Sirah 1979

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    Very nice aromas--smokey, leathery. Interesting fruitiness on the initial taste--something of stone fruits covered with the smokiness. There is a certain lightness in the back of the palate that portends a fairly short finish. This wine does not come with multiple levels of complexity, but it is very enjoyable. $US16.25 at Lawry's California ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Page Mill Winery Petite Sirah Livermore Valley Estate 2010

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  • Page Mill Winery Petite Sirah Livermore Valley Estate 2010

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    Licorice and herbs over a base of black fruit on the nose, is followed by a big PS palate, a bit chocolaty and inky with fine plummy flavors a touch of old wood. Rich with soft, chewy tannins and bright acids, this relatively powerful wine retains good freshness in the mouth, finishing with focus and power and relative elegance for PS. Broad and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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