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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • John Christopher Cellars

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

  • Cedar Mountain Winery

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

  • Stony Ridge Winery

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

  • Tamás Estates

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

  • 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...

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  • Murrieta's Well Zarzuela Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2011


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Muscat Canelli Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2012


    A dry, still version.A hint of sage greets the nose followed by creamy peach and lemon chiffon all topped with iris floral notes. Cool, crisp and acid driven with impressive richness on entry, this shows lovey focus on the palate with a bit of fruit skin tannin on the adding a bit of mouthgrab. This remains a bit grapey and peachy while showing... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente the Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore 2011


    Cocoa, briar, cigar box, and dark fruit which is both a bit plummy and reminiscent of black currant preserves greet the nose. Theres a noticeable hit of oak, spicy and with the smell of burnt sugar that builds in the glass. Fairly rich, with good power, and really fine acids that help keep everything bright on the palate. The base of tannins are... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011


    Old Cresta Blanca vineyard, first agricultural minister in California, went to France to bring back cuttings, 1882 started Crests Blanca, 1981 was acquired by Wente, now used as a barrel room and for consumer facing activities,Tobacco, wood spice, earth, old leather, smoke, and subtle fennel and herb greet the nose. On entry there is a touch of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley Eric's Small Lot 2012


    100% SS, aged sur lie six monthsThis is quite complex on the nose, blending crab apple fruit with fine steely minerality and the floral and nutty notes that ageing on the lees contributes. Clean and focused up front, with a nice creamy edge to rather mineral driven flavors of green apple and green pear fruit. This has a nicely layered feel to it... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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