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Historical Winery Photos

Local Olive Oil

Picture to the left is the sign at the corner of South Livermore and Concannon Blvd..

 

Wine organizations and web pages

Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  Winery information, events..


Concannon Press

  Backroads Wine.  Articles and Information on Tri-Valley Wineries
Friends of the Vineyards.  P.O Box 1191, Livermore  373-1007
  Tri-Valley Herald Wine Chronicles article series on the local wineries
  SF Chronicle article on Livermore Wineries
Napa Valley Wine Train
DrinkWine.com.  "Wine Lovers web site".  www.livermore.com redirects here.  Not specific to Livermore.
Livermore Valley on Wines.com
Steve O's California Livermore Valley Wine Touring Guide

 

Local Wineries

The Livermore Valley is home to 40 wineries and a rich wine history.
Most offer wine tasting on weekends.  Check the winery web sites for details.

The photo at the right is Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at Cedar Mountain Winery.

Tri-Valley Herald article series on the local wineries

Name and Web Link

Owners Winemaker Address and Phone  
Click on Address for map from [ Yahoo! Maps ]
Notes Tasting Room Hours
* See Note Below
Production
(cases per
year)

3 Steves Winery

Steve Burman
Steve Melander
Steve Ziganti
Steve Burman
Steve Melander
Steve Ziganti
5700 Greenville Road, Livermore (925) 997-7736
Tasting room at Blacksmith Square 25 S. Livermore Ave,
Est 2012 Tasting room:
Fri-Sat-Sun 11:30-4:30.
At Winery: Call
 

Bent Creek Winery

Tom & Pat Heineman
Rich & Carol Howell
Rich Howell

5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore (925) 455-6320

Est Nov 2002 Fri-Sat-Sun 12:00-4:30

3400

Big White House and John Evan Cellars

John Marion John Evan Marion

6800 Greenville Rd, Livermore (925) 449-1976

Est 1996 Fri-Sat-Sun, 12pm to 4:30pm 1500
2000

BoaVentura de Caires Vineyards

Brett & Monique Caires Brett Caires

9309 Tesla, Livermore; (925) 606-9672

Est 2000 1st weekend of the month 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

300

Bodegas Aguirre Winery & Vineyard

Ricardo & Margarite Aguirre Ricardo Aguirre

8580 Telsa, Livermore; (925) 606-0554

Est 2001 Sat & Sun 12:00 to 4:30 or by appointment

2500

Caddis Winery

   

7878 Cedar Mountain Road  (925) 380-6219

  By Appointment Only  

Cedar Mountain Winery

Linda & Earl Ault Earl Ault

10843 Reuss Road, Livermore  (925) 373-6636

Est 1990 By Appointment

2000

Charles R Vineyards

Dick & Bonnie Bartlett Mike Machado

8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore  (925) 454-3040

Est 2002 Friday-Sunday, 11:00 to 4:30pm

1800

Chouinard Vineyards

George, Caroline & Damian Chouinard Damian Chouinard

33853 Palomares Road, Castro Valley  (510) 582-9900

Est 1984 Sat, Sun, most holidays 12-5 & by appointment

3500

Concannon Vineyard

The Wine Group Adam Richardson

4590 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2505  

Est 1883 Daily 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tours available by appointment

28,000

Crooked Vine Winery

Rick Corbett Ken Deis

4948 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 371-8156

Est 2000
At Stoney Ridge
Mon-Sat: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:30pm

5000

Cuda Ridge Wines

Larry & Margie Dino Larry Dino

2400 Arroyo Rd, Livermore.  (510) 304-0914

Est 2007 Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 4:30pm and by appointment 1200

Dante Robere Vineyards

   

10017 Tesla Road, Livermore  (408) 806-0613  

  Sat-Sun 12:00-4:30pm & by appoint.  

Darcie Kent Vineyards

Darcie Kent Julian Halasz

7000 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 243-9040

Est. 1996 Fri-Sun 11:00-4:30

40,000

Deer Ridge Vineyards

Carl & Cherie Lyle Carl Lyle

In Transition.  (925) 743-9427

  none

5000

Eagle Ridge Vineyards

Jim & Cheryl Perry Jim Perry

10017 Tesla Road, Livermore   925-447-4328

Est 2004 Sat & Sun 12pm to 4:30pm
or by appointment

1000

Eckert Estate

Michael & Vickie Eckert Michael Eckert

5963 Graham Court, Suite D, Livermore  (925) 371-8606

Est 2000 Fri-Sat-Sun, 12-5. 
Also by appt.

2000

Ehrenberg Cellars

   

5143 Tesla Road, Livermore  (510) 418-8774

  Fri-Sat-Sun 11:00-5:00  

el Sol Vineyard

Hal & Kathy Liske Hal Liske

8626 Lupin Way; (925) 606-1827

Est 2003 Fri-Sun 12-5.  or by Appt.

2000

Elliston Vineyards

Donna (Awtrey) Flavetta Mark Piche

463 Kilkare Road, Sunol  (925) 862-2377  

Est 1982
Winetaster Dinners
Sat, Sun, 11-4

1500

Fenestra Vineyards

Fran & Lanny Replogle Brent Amos

83 Vallecitos Road, Livermore  (925) 447-5246

Est. 1976 Fri, Sat & Sun 12-5

7000

Garré Winery

Bob Molinaro Wayne Re

7986 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 371-8200  

Est 1995
Cafe
Fri, Sat, Sun, 11:30-5:00

2500

John Christopher Cellars

Chris & Tom Doczy Tom Doczy

Tasting room at Blacksmith Square 25 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore (925) 456-9463

Est fall 2003
Blacksmith Square Photos
Thurs-Fri  2:00 to 6:00pm
Sat-Sun 12:00 to 6:00pm

1500

La Rochelle Winery

Steven Kent Mirassou Tom Stutz

5443 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 243-6442

Est 2003 Daily 12:00-4:30pm

2400

Las Positas Vineyards

Lothar and Lisa Maier Charles Kidd

1828 Wetmore Road,  Livermore  (925) 449-WINE (9463)

Est 2006 Fri, Sat & Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

3000

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards

Richard & Candace Dixon Richard Dixon

5562 Victoria Lane, Livermore (925) 373-1662

Est 1999 Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:30
or by Appointment

1200

Little Valley Vineyard & Winery

Sandi Bohner & Bill Webster Bill Webster

PO Box 607, Sunol (925) 862-9006

Est 2000 None at this time.

1600

Longevity Wines

Phil and Debra Long Phil Long

2271 South Vasco Rd, Livermore (025) 325-WINE (9463)

Est 2006 Fri, Sat & Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm
or by appointment

2500

McGrail Vineyard and Winery

Jim & Ginger McGrail Mark Clarin

5600 Greenville Road, Livermore (925) 215-0717

Est 2006 Thurs 12:00 to4:30pm
Fri-Sun 12-4:30

3000

Mitchell Katz Winery

Mitchell Katz Mitchell Katz

52481 Buena Vista Ave. Livermore  (925) 454-9463

Est 1998 Daily  12-5

8500

Murrieta's Well

Wente family Karl Wente,
Sergio Traverso

3005 Mines Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2395

Est 1990 Daily 11:00-4:30pm

12,000

Nella Terra Cellars

   

5005 Sheridan Rd, Sunol  (925) 893-9463

     

Nottingham Cellars

Jeff and Collin Cranor Collin Cranor

2245 South Vasco Road, Livermore (925) 294-8647

Est. 2009 Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:00 to 4:30pm

4500

Occasio Winery

John Kinney John Kinney

2245B South Vasco Road, Livermore (925) 371-1987

Est 2007 Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun  12:00 to 5:00pm

1500

Page Mill Winery

Dane & Angela Stark Dane Stark

1960 S. Livermore Ave; (925) 456-7676

Est 1976 Thurs to Mon 12:00 to 4:30pm

2500

Retzlaff Vineyards

Bob Taylor Bob Taylor

1356 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore  (925) 447-8941  

Est 1986 Daily 12:00 to 4:30pm
or by appt.

3000

Rios-Lovell Estate Winery

Max Rios Max Rios
Dan Baldwin

6500 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 443-0434

Est 1994 Wed-Fri, 11am to 3:30pm
Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm

6000

Rodrique-Molyneaux Winery

Garry & Nancy Rodrigue Garry Rodrigue

3053 Marina Ave, Livermore (925) 447-1998

Est 1998 Sat & Sun 12:30-5:00pm

1500

Ruby Hill Winery

  Chris Graves

400 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton; 925 931-9463

Opened 2/9/2008. daily, 11am to 5:30pm 15,000

The Singing Winemaker

Steve & Karen Powell Steve Powell

5143 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 606-9463

Est 2004 Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

1600

Steven Kent Winery

Steven Kent Mirassou Steven Kent Mirassou &
Claude Bobba

5443 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 243-6440

Est 1999 Daily, 12:00 to 4:30

22,000

Stony Ridge Winery

Rick Corbett  

4948 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 449-0458  

Est 1975 Mon-Sat: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:30pm

5,000

Tamás Estates Winery

Wente family Karl Wente

5565 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2380  

Est 1984 Daily 11:00-4:30

3,000

Tenuta Vineyards

Nancy Tenuta Kirstin Nolte

633 Kalthoff Commons, Livermore (925) 960-1006

Est 2002 Fri, Sat, Sun, 12-7

14,000

Thomas Coyne Winery

Thomas & Emilie Coyne Thomas Coyne

2405 Research Dr., Livermore  (925) 373-6541

Est 1989
Tasting at Tesla Vintners also
Sat, Sun, 12-5

3,000

Vasco Urbano Wine Company

   

2245C South Vasco Road, Livermore (925) 294-8647

  Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:00-4:30pm  

Wente Vineyards Estate Winery

The Wente Family Karl Wente

5565 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2305  

Est 1883 Daily, 11:00 to 5:00
Tours daily 11, 1, 2, 3

300,000

Wente Vineyards Visitors Center

   

5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2405

Restaurant Daily, 11:00 to 6:30
Closes for special events

see above

Westover Vineyards

William Westover Smyth & Jill Smyth William Westover Smyth & Jill Smyth

34329 Palomares Road, Castro Valley  (510) 537-3932 

Est 1985 Sat, Sun, 12-5.
weekdays by appt

2000

White Crane

  Nick Nardolillo

5405 Greenville Road, Livermore  (925) 455-8085

Est 2001 Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 4:30pm

2000

The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards

   

5565 Tesla Road, Livermore  (925) 456-2385

  Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun 11:00 to 4:30  

Wood Family Vineyards

Michael & Rhonda Wood Rhonda Wood

7702 Cedar Mountain Drive, Livermore (925) 606-7411

Olive oil also. By Appointment

1500

* Note:  Tasting room hours are taken from the winery web sites and provided here for your convenience.  Check with the winery web sites, or call to check for any changes.

 

Historical Wineries

Livermore winemaking dates back to 1849, when Robert Livermore's grapes, planted in 1946 would have first produced a vintage.
Charles Wetmore brought quality to California wines, starting Cresta Blanca Winery in 1882.  He won the grand prize at the 1889 Paris International Exposition.
The photo at the right is the old Ruby Hill winery, built in 1887.  It burned in 1989, and was demolished in 2002.  The bricks were used on the new Ruby Hill winery building.

The following wineries are no longer in existence.  In many cases, the buildings or ruins do exist today.

Winery Proprietor Location & Status Timeframe Links / Photos
Chateau Bellevue Alexander Duvall 51 E. Vallecitos Road.  Now the Thomas Coyne Winery.  Two buildings remain Built around 1886 Winery1
Cresta Blanca Charles Wetmore. Later Clarence Wetmore.  Was sold to Shenley group. Arroyo road, near Vets Hospital.  Now Wente Visitor's Center.  Many buildings remain.  All of the existing buildings except the restaurant were from Cresta Blanca.  The restaurant was built on the foundation of the Cresta Blanca tasting room.  The Cresta Blanca Caves were finished in gunnite by Wente, and were used for champagne aging.  They now are mostly empty, but have some barrels aging.. Vineyard planted 1882 Cresta Blanca 1
Cresta Blanca 2
Cresta Blanca 3
Dos Mesas Frank Fowler, Theodore Gier, Dr. L.E. Cross Arroyo road, at Veteran's Park (by the Veterans hospital).  The winery building remains, but is not accessible.  The tunnel remains, and has been permanently blocked by an iron grate. 1883 through 1923 Coming soon.
Mont-Rouge Adrien Chauche.  When he died in 1896, his brother in law, Charles Bon, took over until prohibition. West slope of Oak Knoll cemetery near Granada High School Built in 1885, burned 1931.  Was in production until prohibition. Winery2
Olivina Julius Paul Smith Within what is now Sycamore Grove Park.  The ruins remain, against a hill.  They are fenced off for safety. Vineyards first planted in 1882.  Winery ruins remain. Olivina
Pioneer   Railroad Ave, about where the Bank of America is now.  Building was later used as the Livermore Barrel Factory   Winery1
Raboli Raboli Brothers.  Charles? NW corner of 2nd & K streets, downtown.  The building remains, and was used by Knodt's Flowers until March 2006. Winery built in 1910 Winery1
Ravenswood Christopher Augustine Buckley, Sr
This was a private winery.
Private winery of Christopher Buckley at the Ravenswood Property.  Ruins of the winery remain at the site. Built in 1890.  Brandy distillery added 1897 Ravenswood5
Ruby Hill John Crellin
Ernest Ferrario
Later bought by SP Railroad
Vineyard Ave, east of Ruby Hill Housing area.  The new Ruby Hill building is faced with the bricks from the original winery. Built in 1887.  Burned in 1989.  Demolished in 2002. Ruby1 (old)
Ruby2 (new)
Vienna Dr. Joseph Altschul just east of highway 84 east of the Ruby Hill housing area Built in 1893.  Demolished in 1958.  House remains. Winery2

 

Local Wine Shops

 

Wine Shops
Lvr First Street Wine Company 2211 First St.  Livermore; 294-5825 Carry Local Wines.  Thursday Wine Labs
Pls Wine Steward 641 Main St. Pleasanton; 600-9463 Carry Local Wines
Pls Winecentives 7083 Commerce Cir, Pleasanton; 460-9463  
SnRmn House of Fine Wines & Spirits 2550 San Ramon Valley Bl, San Ramon; 855-9337  
Dan Noble Wines 3450 Camino Tassajara, Danville; 648-1300 Tasting Bar, Wine Club
Dan The Wine Sellars 411 Hartz Av, Danville; 552-5801  
       
Retail and Misc.
Lvr Perry's Liquors 1522 Railroad Ave, Livermore; 443-0550  
Pls Beverages & More 5765 Johnson Dr, Pls; 416-2083  
Dan Cooks, Books, and Corks 148 E Prospect Av., Danville; 831-0708  
Dan Ernie's Wines & Liquors 607 San Ramon Valley Bl, Danville; 837-2111