Friday, October 21, 2016

Livermore Valley West Side Wineries

Livermore Valley Wine Country, the closest wine country to San Francisco offers wine lovers a chance to sample fine wines without the crowds of areas such as Napa and Sonoma.  This region has been growing greatly over the last decade with new wineries added every year.  

Livermore Valley has been a winegrape growing region since the 1880s and is now home to some of the oldest wineries in the country including Wente Vineyards and Concannon.  Innovations in Livermore Valley have been important to wine regions throughout the country.  Here was the first varietally-labeled bottling of Chardonnay and Petite Sirah.  Much of the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines throughout California are descendants of vines first planted in Livermore Valley.

With over 60 wineries in the valley visitors will need to be selective on those wineries to visit on your next trip to Livermore Valley.  On the west side of this wine region you will a collection of wineries that offer a wide selection of wines for your enjoyment.

Fenestra Winery
Fenestra Winery – This is one of the oldest wineries in Livermore Valley, first opening 40 years ago.  When it first opened in 1976, by then San Jose State chemistry professor Lanny Replogle, there was only 5 wineries in Livermore Valley. In 1980 Fenestra moved to the century-old George True Winery building on Vallecitos Road. That old building adds to the charm of Fenestra with the feel of a rustic barn – yet on the roof is a brand new solar power system providing 80% of the winery’s power needs!  Fenestra always has a wide variety of wines to taste.

Dante Robere Vineyards
Dante Robere Vineyards – Dante Robere was founded by Dan (Dante) Rosenberg and Bob (Robere) Bossi.  They have been friends for more than 30 years and enjoyed drinking fine wines.  Dan moved to Livermore and got the "wine bug" things began to move fast. In 2007, they planted a small zinfandel vineyard in Dan's backyard. They began making wine at home and volunteering time assisting various Livermore Valley winemakers in an effort to learn the winemaking process.  Their tasting room/winery is one of the newest in the valley and the large tasting bar welcomes wine lovers.

Las Positas Vineyards
Las Positas Vineyards – Las Positas Vineyards began when Lothar and Lisa Maier purchased a 20 acre vineyard on Kalthoff Common in the southern end of Livermore Valley in 2006.  A couple years ago they moved into their new facility on Wetmore Road, a 30 acre dream vineyard at the corner of Wetmore and Arroyo.  This same land was the same land that Charles Wetmore grew wine that won the 1889 Grand Prize at the Paris Exposition, the first California winery to win such an award, almost 100 years before the Judgment of Paris featured in the movie “Bottleshock”.

Wente Vineyards Vineyard Tasting Room
Wente Vineyard Tasting Room – Wente is the oldest and largest winery in Livermore Valley with the fifth generation of the Wente family in charge.  While the main tasting room is on Tesla Road at the winery, they do have a tasting room at the Restaurant/Golf Course for your pleasure.

Cuda Ridge Wines
Cuda Ridge Wines – This small boutique winery has been producing some great Bordeaux style wines for several years from wines from the premier vineyards of Livermore Valley.  The wines are handcrafted, produced in small lots and primarily aged in French Oak barrels.  You will usually find the owners Larry and Margie Dino working the tasting room on the weekends and they will be glad to share some of their wines.
Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery

Rodrigue Molyneaux - This winery and vineyard is owned by Garry and Nancy Rodrigue where they hand-craft fine wines in a California country-style ranch in Livermore Valley. The estate is a perfect place to stop by to sample some wines and even enjoy a picnic on the grounds while experiencing California wine country.  

For more information:  Livermore Valley Wine Country

Lanny Repogle of Fenestra Winery

Larry Dino of Cuda Ridge

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery
Livermore Valley Wine Trolley

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