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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Livermore View all

  • Fenestra Winery

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

  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Wood Family Vineyards

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

  • Cedar Mountain Winery

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

  • 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,...

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Livermore on Snooth

  • 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


  • Muscat Canelli Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2012

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    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

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    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 Chardonnay Livermore Valley Eric's Small Lot 2012

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    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


  • Darcie Kent Petite Sirah Madden Ranch 2008

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    Spicy with a touch of grass accenting the subtle wood spice and soft cooked plum , blackberry and licorice aromas of the nose. Broad and bright and rich with tart plum and candied blackberry fruit on entry. there are well managed, soft tannins here adding nice support though this never becomes thick or chewy. A touch of leather and earth adds so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Concannon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2009

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    Rather oaky on the nose with a deep base of earth and black spice. In the mouth this shows off juicy acids and soft tannins that help to support fruit that is perhaps a touch simple but very precise and clear all mineral tinged and slightly orange toned black currant and wild blackberry fruit. This has a fabulous texture, fresh and old school wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Well we are back from the Glen Ellen/Kenwood trip. We found a few wines we ... ... ... room and make wine in Livermore, and I was an avid wine club member for several years.  Csaba Szakal is one of the finest winemakers I know, and one of the nicest people I've met.  His wines are really top of the line, and rarely fail to garner numerous awa... Read More

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  • Wente Estate Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Super Bowl party. 1/2 bottle leftover in the refrigerator. Sampling the remainder tonight, 2/3/2014, it will have to be better than the football game. Horrible contest. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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