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10 Great Wineries In Livermore Valley, California.

Updated on January 24, 2014

Livermore Valley Wineries.

In the beautiful Livermore Valley there are 40 plus wineries. Livermore is only minutes from San Jose and about an hours drive from San Francisco. Livermore wineries are not as well known as the Napa Valley region which lies north about 65 miles. This area has some of the oldest wineries in California with Concannon and Wente establishing themselves 1883. Concannon was the first to grow the Petite Sirah grape in the United States. The Livermore Valley is definitely not a newcomer to the growing and the production of wine.

The Wineries.

Rios-Lovell Winery: this winery sites on a hill and is a favorite place for weddings. This winery has friendly, knowledgeable staff and offers a nice array of wines to taste. If you are into Ports, Rios-Lovell makes a good one.  Tasting room: Monday - Friday 11 - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 - 5pm.

Ratzlaff Vineyards:this winery produces their wine organically. The location gives you that cozy countryside feeling with an inviting and warm atmosphere. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is a must when it comes to tasting.  Tasting room: Tuesday - Friday 12 - 2pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4:30pm.

Garre Vineyard and Winery: nice place to stop for lunch and then head into the tasting room for some wine. Tasting room: Friday 12 - 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30am - 5pm.

Fenestra Winery: this winery lays it all out for you. The number of wines they open for you to taste is fabulous. The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable about their wine.  Tasting room: Friday - Sunday 12 - 5pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.

Cedar Mountain Winery: the owners Earl and Linda can almost always be found in the tasting room pouring wine. The setup is warm and cozy. If you are a Port fan they offer some very tasty selections.  Tasting room: Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4pm. $5.00 tasting fee

Deer Ridge Vineyards:nice tasting room that has large windows that overlook the vineyards of Livermore. Staff is friendly which will give you an enjoyable tasting experience. Some notable wines are the Moonstruck (Reserve), Tempranillo (Reserve) and the Chardonnay, Fire and Ice.  Tasting room: Friday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Wente Vineyards: is a lovely winery with its flowers and trees backed by country charm. The staff here is knowledgeable and friendly. The restaurant is a good stop for lunch or dinner.  Tasting room: Monday - Sunday 11 - 4:30.

Bent Creek Winery: nestled in a small valley surrounded by rolling hills this winery offers wonderful complex wines. Tasting room: Friday to Sunday 12 – 4:30.

Wood Family Vineyards: this winery is a local favorite which will tell you a lot about this place. The friendly staff will make this an enjoyable stop.  Tasting room: by appointment only.

Bodegas Aguirre Winery:small, cozy and friendly. Small lot wines with exceptional quality. They offer great blends and a nice Estate Petite Syrah.  Tasting room: Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4:30pm.  $5.00 tasting fee, waived with purchase.

Boaventura de Caires Vineyard: off the beaten path but worth the drive and once there you are greeted by friendly dogs. The tasting room is in a converted barn which has great ambiance. Tasting room: first weekend of the month.

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