Friday, August 30, 2019

Livermore Valley Blessing of the Grapes for 2019

Harvest has begun in Livermore Valley and the winemakers from throughout the valley gathered with local clergy on Wednesday, August 28, in the traditional “Blessing of the Grapes” ceremony at Dante Robere Vineyards.  The custom of blessing the first fruits of the harvest can be traced back to Old Testament times and has been practiced for centuries in wine producing countries around the world.

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association is continuing the tradition at the beginning of harvest each year, this year at the winery and vineyard of Dante Robere Vineyards.  Chris Chandler, Executive Director of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and President of the Board of Directors Alexandra Henkelman led the event, joined with Pastor Steve Wilde of the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, Deacon Dave Rezendes of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Rabbi Larry Milder of Congregation Beth Emek of Pleasanton. Each member of the clergy told about how wine and grapevines have a special meaning in their religion. 

The clergy invited the winemakers and audience to join them in the Blessing of the Grapes for this year’s harvest. As the attendees gathered afterwards to celebrate with some wines from Dante Robere, we learned that many of them have already started the harvest and several told this reporter that they were heading to the fields afterwards to check on the ripeness of the grapes soon to be harvested.

For more information: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration coming Sunday September 1

The Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration is set for Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The popular festival will follow the traditional format of local wineries showcasing Livermore Valley wine, food, art, crafts and music for ticket holders—30 wineries will welcome festival goers this year. Guests will experience the true personality of each winery through its wines, people, architecture and activities. Most wineries will honor event wristbands for free tasting on Monday as well. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the event. Visit for tickets and details.

From 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, September 1, 2018, local wineries will host festivities at their tasting rooms across Livermore Valley. All locations will offer wine tasting and a fun combination of fresh food vendors, local artisans and festive music. Guests should check for details on the offerings of each participating winery. Highlights include:

  • Boa Ventura de Caires - Wine glass painting with Pinots Pallet
  • Caddis Winery - Fly Fishing casting demonstration
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyard - "Know your Grapes" - Identify the grape varietals by observing the grapes, and enter into the drawing to win!
  • el Sol Winery - Beekeeping demonstration with a live hive inspection!
  • Embodied Wines - Serving Frosé all day!
  • Garré Vineyard & Winery - Wine glass painting with Pinots Pallet
  • Mitchell Katz Winery - Barrel Tasting!
  • Retzlaff Vineyards - historical estate and organic vineyard & garden tour. Scheduled tours at 1:30pm and 3pm
  • Rodrigue Molyneaux - Harvest tours of the vineyard & winery. Tasting of crushed grapes, if available!
  • The Steven Kent Winery - enter a drawing for your chance to be a club member for the day!
  • Nella Terra Cellars and Elliston Vineyards will be pouring their wines at Fenestra Winery

Monday, September 2 is not an official part of the Harvest Wine Celebration, but more than 20 wineries have opted to waive tasting fees for those with a festival wristband, providing a two-day weekend experience for wine lovers.

Ticket prices are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event. Each ticket includes wine tasting at participating wineries, a commemorative Livermore Valley Wine Country GoVino wine glass, wine discounts and special activities. Advance tickets are available online at

Participating wineries include: 3 Steves Winery, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House, Boa Ventura de Caires Winery, Caddis Winery, Cedar Mountain Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Cuda Ridge Wines, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Ehrenberg Cellars, el Sol Winery, Elliston Vineyards, Embodied Wines, Fenestra Winery, Leisure Street Winery, Longevity Wines, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Nella Terra Cellars, Omega Road Winery, Page Mill Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rios-Lovell Winery, Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Wente Vineyards, Winemakers Studio and Wood Family Vineyards.

For more information, maps and a full list of activities:
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association