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Accessible, Affordable, and Award Winning

Jun 18, 2012
Accessible, Affordable, and Award Winning
Taste a different part of California's wine scene in Livermore Valley

livermore_01If you've done any wine tasting in Northern California, you were probably sipping in Napa or Sonoma. While these regions are not to be missed, we'd like to offer an alternative for your next Bay Area grape excursion. Turn your gaze to one of California's lesser-known wine producing regions: Livermore Valley. Located just east of San Francisco, this viticultural area is home to nearly 50 wineries and offers a multitude of experiences that will ensure your wine weekend is filled with unforgettable sipping adventures.

Totally accessible, Livermore is less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco. Alternatively, you can forgo the designated driver because the area is accessible by rail service (BART), and there are multiple car services at the end of the transit line waiting to whisk you to your tastings.

After you've mapped out your game plan, ready yourself for education and new friends because you're likely to find vineyard owners and winemakers personally in the tasting rooms, ready to guide you through your experiences. And be prepared to stock your cellar because we guarantee you'll fall in love with the taste and the prices of many Livermore Valley wines.

This year, the Livermore viticultural area is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so there's no better time to get out and taste this region's diversity. Don't miss our favorites, which include Concannon, home to America's first petite sirah, McGrail Vineyards, winner of the Red Sweepstakes award in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and Wente Vineyards, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of making chardonnay.

Be sure to download the Livermore Valley Wineries iPhone app for even more wine tips and savings, and prepare yourself to discover something new in Livermore Valley.

Do you have a favorite Livermore Valley winery? Share it with us below.


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