The “Other” Wine Country – Livermore Valley

By: Jim Walberg, staff writer for The Bay Area Team

In Northern California, the world’s attention is on the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Each wine region in the United States has an appellation designation; Napa, Sonoma, Willamette Valley, etc. Well, there is another wine region / appellation in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area – the Livermore Valley.  You can be wine tasting at 67 different wineries within 25 minutes from Danville. Continue reading

East Bay Real Estate: Livermore Valley – The Other Wine Country!

Did you know that one of California’s top wine regions is only a 25 minute ride from Danville, California and has over 40 wineries producing world class wines?  Livermore grapes were first planted in the 19th century with Cresta Blanca Winery , founded in 1882, and one of the first wineries in the Valley.  Cresta Blanca Winery was also the first California wine to win a Grand Prix at the 1889 Paris Exposition – the first California wine to win a competition in France.  The Wente family purchased Cresta Blanca years ago, and is now the location of their Sparkling Wine Center, restaurant, golf course, and the location for their Summer concert series.

Did you know that in the early 1960s, Livermore had as much land under grape vine as Napa Valley did at that time.  However, it has never had the status of Napa and Sonoma.  Wente Vineyards has long been the largest producer in the Livermore Valley,  making around 300,000 cases of 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 remainder of today’s wineries are all small family owned boutique style producers. Continue reading