WEDDING OR SPECIAL EVENT in your future?
Livermore Valley wineries and event centers offer the Perfect Day for creating memories that will last a lifetime!
Many wineries have cafes or restaurants on location and offer event coordinators and catering services to help you plan your wedding or special event effortlessly.
Make your birthday, anniversary, wedding parties, corporate events, or any special event one that will be fondly remembered for years to come.
Stay a while...
There are several bed and breakfast inns as well as quality hotels in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Cab and limosine services are here to help you go where you want safely.
Our day spas and salons offer couples massage, hair services, manicure and pedicures for ladies and gents. A fantastic way to prepare for your wedding or just because...
Fun for the Whole Family is available in the Livermore Valley. Fun and educational venues abound for children and adults. Everything from Indoor Ice Skating, to Go Kart racing, to educational LLNL sponsored Science Saturdays.
Ride in a rickshaw or horse drawn carriage, hike in any of our fabulous parks, enjoy camping at Lake Del Valle,
Golfers will be pleased with the wide range of PGA rated courses in the Livermore Valley.
There is so much to do and see in the Livermore Valley and your guide makes it easy to find it all!
The Livermore Valley is the Original Wine Country in California. Established in 1849, the area was booming with the Gold Rush and the rich history is told in the buildings, area wineries and museums.
The Livermore Valley is California's Oldest wine region, having the first wineries in 1849. Wine has been cultivated in Livermore since the 19th century, with the Cresta Blanca Winery (founded 1882) being one of the earliest, and well-respected, with its first vintage (1884) winning Grand Prix at the 1889 Paris Exposition, becoming the first California wine to win a competition in France.
Vineyards were shuttered during Prohibition, however, in the early 1960s, Livermore had as much area under vine as Napa Valley did at that time. However, it remained relatively unknown, while Napa rose to worldwide prominence.
There are several wine tasting tours of the many Livermore area wineries that occur periodically throughout the summer which culminated in the Harvest Festival complete with Art and Crafts and a variety of food and music. All wineries in this guide have Wine Tasting Hours either every day of the week (larger wineries) or on the weekends (smaller wineries). Most are open between noon and 4:30 or 5pm. Check individual winery hours.
This guide map has been designed as Color Coded WINE TRAILS to allow the wine taster the best possible experience while navigating the Livermore Valley roads. There are also wine directional arrows at some intersections to help find the way.
A designated driver is always recommended, and the average person can visit all of the wineries on any one wine trail in one day. Wine tasters may want to select the wine trail by the types of wines that are offered at each winery. Note that not all wines are listed and it is recommended that the wine taster visit the web sites of the wineries for a full list of wines.
Many of the wineries have a tasting fee but most will put the tasting cost towards wine purchases. No, you don't usually get to keep the glass.
Wente Vineyards has long been the largest producer in the Livermore Valley, making around 300,000 cases of relatively inexpensive wine annually, much of it for export. It was first established in the valley in 1883.
The next largest producer, Concannon Vineyard, makes around 30,000 cases per year. The rest are mostly new and considerably smaller.
The relatively obscure Petite Sirah grape produces Livermore's best known red wine, although the warm climate also makes for interesting dessert wines. The original plantings of Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc were cuttings taken from Château d'Yquem, and those grapes tend to produce fine wine in the Livermore area. There is also a move afoot among some of the wineries in Livermore to specialize in Merlot. Wine made from grapes grown in the Livermore Valley is eligible for the Livermore Valley AVA, San Francisco Bay AVA, and Central Coast AVA appellation of origin designations.
The South Livermore district, which has been designated preserved for perpetuity, includes a lot of unincorporated land, has over 50 wineries with more being established every day.
Livermore's culture retains the farming, wine growing and ranching traditions that have existed in the valley since the time of Robert Livermore, but now largely reflects a suburban population. Early in June since 1918 Livermore has hosted the Livermore Rodeo, called the "World's Fastest Rodeo," that claims it has more riders per hour than any other event of its type and complete with a Rodeo Parade and Dance, is an event not to be missed.