A quick drive through the rolling, lush hills of the Livermore Valley and it becomes very clear that this is a land, and a culture of wine – winemakers and wine connoisseurs.
As one of California’s oldest wine regions, the Tri-Valley, just 33 miles east of San Francisco and 25 miles north of San Jose, is home to 53 wineries, stretching from Mount Diablo in the north to Livermore Valley in the east and Pleasanton in the south. It has played a pivotal role in shaping California’s wine industry and driving the growth of the Tri-Valley's economy.
For over a century, due to the rich soil and Mediterranean-like weather conditions, the atmosphere in the Tri-Valley has been welcoming to the wine industry. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized thearea's winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. In fact, the first Grand Prix award for a U.S. wine was won by Wetmore for his Livermore Valley Cresta Blanca Sauternes at the 1889 Paris Exposition. When Prohibition in the 1930’s stopped almost all wine production in the region, C.H. Wente and James Concannon's wineries survived by making sacramental wine.
The Livermore Valley is recognized as an official growing region, certified by the Federal Alcohol,Tobacco, Tax, and Trade Bureau as America’s 17th American Viticultural Area.
On average, 4,000 acres of grapes are planted in the Livermore Valley. Livermore's vineyards are the source of vines planted all over California and Oregon, including the vast majority of California's Chardonnay. Livermore Valley wineries were the first to bottle varietal labeled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah. Nearly 80% of California's Chardonnay vines trace their genetic roots to a Livermore Valley clone.
And don’t take our word for it, come to the Tri-Valley and taste it for yourself.
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