California’s Hidden Wine Valley

When you envision California’s wine country, you might dream of a train tour through the rolling hills of Napa, or dreamy bed and breakfast in Sonoma. Although we love visiting these award winning valleys, we would like to share some of our favorite wineries in a different region: Livermore!

The Livermore Valley is less than an hour away from San Francisco and home to over 60 wineries. Tucked away between suburban homes and strip malls, the Livermore Valley offers guests a no fuss alternative to traditional wine tourism.

Although we wish we could keep this gem all to ourselves, we understand that many of our followers are opting for hyper-local trips this summer and we believe the family owned, agriculturally focused vineyards of Livermore are the perfect fit. So where should you visit? Here is an alphabetical list of our 5 favorite wineries in the area!

3 Steves

3 Steves is a boutique winery operated by friends, who, you guessed it, are all named Steve! Newer to the valley, their bold wines and fun loving team members ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

Why we love them: We can’t help but think of the 3 Steves tasting room as a kind of Californian bierstube. The lively space is home to casual seating and occasionally live music. Pack a lunch or be on the lookout for the Rustic Roadhouse food truck outside, because 3 Steves Zinfandel packs fruity, spicy notes that go great with comfort food!

Concannon Vineyard

Pioneer winemaker James Concannon was of the first to plant in the Livermore Valley. It is now estimated that 80% of the Cabernet Sauvignon grown in California comes from Concannon Clones.

Why we love them: Just like Concannon’s perfectly balanced wines, the property boasts a careful balance between its rich history and modern appeal. We love sitting in the opulently appointed Estate Room or enjoying the sun on the Member’s Terrace. Although you’ll need to join their wine club to enjoy these areas, you’ll get to look forward to regular shipments of their food friendly wines.

Murrieta’s Well

As one of the oldest estates in Livermore Valley, Murrietta’s Well exclusively crafts wine grown on their property. Their elegantly landscaped grounds match the sophisticated flavors they bottle.

Why we love them: With expansive outdoor space as well as two stories of indoor tasting rooms, Murrieta’s Well has plenty of room to host you and your friends. Don’t leave without ordering their decadent cheese board and their unique white blend, The Whip.

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery

Nobody makes you feel more at home than the team at RM Winery. The family winery has an extensive tasting list complete with a quaint tasting room and shaded picnic area for you to enjoy.

Why we love them: Along with attentive service, Rodrigue Molyneaux offers special wine tastings and educational experiences. Speak directly with winemakers about their production process and enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience like no other.

Wente Vineyards

As the countries oldest, continuously operated family owned winery, Wente is worth a visit. In fact, over 80% of all California Chardonnay stems from the Wente Clone.

Why we love them: Wente Vineyards is home to a tasting room, estate tasting lounge and winemakers studio. We love that you can book private educational experiences and tours or simply enjoy wine on tap at communal tables. Whichever you choose, you won’t regret lifting your glass here!

For more information about Livermore Valley and modified offerings available during these unprecedented times, please visit LVwine.org

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