Your Guide to Livermore Valley Wines and Wineries

Your Guide to Livermore Valley Wines and Wineries

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 18:00 -- johnk

The History of Winemaking in Historic Livermore Valley Wine Country

Founded on April 1, 1876, Livermore is known to be California's oldest wine region. Livermore has been making and selling wine since 1849, the first winery was owned by Robert Livermore, after whom the town was named. Since then, Livermore has been a popular stopping point to visit. 

While I was traveling back to the San Francisco Bay Area after a business appointment in Tracy, CA, I stopped in at a couple of wineries, and on a napkin, I started my blog at one of the tastings. I did some wine tasting at a few wineries on that Friday afternoon seeking out some award-winning wines, and I found them. Join me on a visit to a family-owned winery or two and a little virtual visit.


This valley has become home to many award-winning wineries, Livermore is famous for making and producing wine and their farmlands. Station in the heart of the Bay Area Livermore is the ideal place to be when you want to find a place to do some wine-tasting and search for that next perfect wine that captures your attention. There are so many family-owned wineries That being said, I will be sure to author another article about Livermore Valley and its wines and wineries in a future article that will address: where to stay, what to do, get around Livermore Wine Country, where to eat, and of course the most popular wineries here.

Livermore Valley's wine heritage is truly rich and storied, dating back centuries. It is fascinating to learn about its origins with Spanish missionaries and how it evolved into a commercial wine region thanks to pioneers like Robert Livermore, Carl H. Wente, and James Concannon. Their contributions laid the foundation for what has become a thriving wine community. This history adds depth and character to the wines produced in the region today, connecting modern-day enthusiasts with the traditions of times past.

The Livermore Valley became an (AVA) American Viticultural Area in 1982 signaling a new era of growth and recognition for the region. Fast forward to today, Livermore Valley is home to over fifty thriving wineries, benefiting from the valley’s unique east-west orientation. This geographical advantage allows for the perfect blend of coastal fog and marine breezes, resulting in ideal conditions for producing perfectly ripened, balanced fruit.

The establishment of the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1982 was indeed a significant milestone, marking formal recognition of the region's distinct terroir and the quality of its wines. With over fifty wineries now thriving in the area, Livermore Valley has truly come into its own as a premier wine destination. The valley's east-west orientation plays a crucial role in shaping its microclimate, allowing for the influence of coastal fog and marine breezes. These cooling effects help to moderate temperatures, creating optimal conditions for grape growing. As a result, Livermore Valley wines benefit from the perfect balance of ripeness and acidity, contributing to their distinctive character and quality. It is a testament to the region's unique geography and the dedication of its winemakers to producing exceptional wines.

How to Get There 

Finding your way to Livermore Valley Wine Country is a breeze, thanks to its convenient location on the east side of the Bay Area. Freom Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose, you are just a short drive away—57 miles from SFO, forty miles from OAK, and thirty miles from SJC. So if you are around San Francisco Bay, you only have a relatively short drive to visit Livermore and taste some award-winning wines. Ready to set your sights on Livermore Valley Wine Country? From where to taste, to where to stay, first-time visitor’s guide has everything you need to make your trip unforgettable.

Livermore Valley's accessibility to major airports like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose makes it a convenient destination for wine enthusiasts. Whether you are flying into one of these airports or already in the Bay Area, you are just a short drive away from experiencing the charm and delights of Livermore Wine Country and its award-winning wines.

With SFO about fifty-seven miles away, OAK around forty miles, and SJC approximately thirty miles, you can easily plan your journey to fit your schedule and preferences. Once you arrive, you will find a plethora of small lots of wineries to explore, each offering its own unique tasting experience.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning for another visit, there is always something new to discover in Livermore Valley. From picturesque vineyards to cozy tasting rooms and charming accommodations, this wine country has everything you need for an unforgettable getaway. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to indulge in the beauty and flavors of Livermore Wine Country!

Where to Taste 

Travel back to history and the beautiful Concannon Vineyard, founded in the 1800s. Known for their Bordeaux-inspired wines, Concannon offers a large range of tasting options to delight your palate. A few miles away is Las Positas Vineyards, a family- and dog-friendly winery known for its small-lot wines that blend Old World winemaking traditions with a New World spirit. Taste their selection from the expansive outdoor patio while enjoying tapas and regular live music.

Concannon Vineyard is indeed a must-visit destination in Livermore Valley, steeped in rich history and renowned for its Bordeaux-inspired wines. With a variety of tasting options, visitors can savor the flavors of this historic estate while exploring its picturesque surroundings.

Just a short drive away, you will find Las Positas Vineyards, another gem in the region's wine scene. This family- and dog-friendly winery offers a charming setting and a diverse selection of small-lot wines. Guests can enjoy tastings on the expansive outdoor patio, where they can pair their wines with delicious tapas and soak in the vibrant atmosphere, often accompanied by live music.

Concannon Vineyard and Las Positas Vineyards both provide unique and memorable tasting experiences, offering a taste of Livermore Valley's distinctive terroir and winemaking traditions. Whether you are a wine enthusiast or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, these wineries are sure to delight your senses and leave you with lasting memories

Itinerary for a two-day visit to Livermore wine country - a weekend adventure

Day 1:


Start your day with a visit to Concannon Vineyard. Explore the historic estate and enjoy a tasting of their Bordeaux-inspired wines. Consider joining a guided tour to learn about the vineyard's fascinating history and winemaking process.


Head to downtown Livermore for lunch. There are plenty of charming cafes and restaurants to choose from, offering delicious local cuisine to fuel your afternoon adventures


After lunch, make your way to Las Positas Vineyards. Spend the afternoon relaxing on their outdoor patio, enjoying tastings of their small-lot wines paired with tapas. Take in the scenic views of the surrounding vineyards and maybe catch some live music if available.


Wrap up your first day with dinner at one of Livermore's acclaimed restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for farm-to-table cuisine or international flavors, you will find plenty of options to satisfy your palate.

Day 2:


Start your second day with a scenic drive through Livermore Valley. Stop by some of the boutique wineries along the way, such as Wente Vineyards or McGrail Vineyards, to sample their offerings and discover hidden gems.


Enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at one of the wineries with outdoor seating. Many wineries offer picnic areas where you can relax and take in the beauty of the vineyards while enjoying a meal paired with their award-winning wines.


Continue your wine-tasting journey by visiting a few more wineries on your list. Consider exploring some of the lesser-known gems to get a taste of the diversity of wines produced in the region.


Wrap up your weekend getaway with a sunset dinner at a winery or a scenic spot overlooking the valley. Take some time to relax and pick up a few bottles of your favorite wines to take home as souvenirs of your trip to Livermore Wine Country.

Steven Kent Winery

The Legacy of Steven Kent Winery

Steven Kent Winery was founded by Steven Kent Mirassou in 1996, but its lineage stretches back 170 years, linking it to one of America's oldest winemaking families. The Mirassou family's winemaking journey began in 1854 when French immigrant Pierre Pellier planted his first vineyards in the Santa Clara Valley. Over the generations, the family played a pivotal role in shaping California's wine industry.

Sixth Generation Winemaker

Steven Kent Mirassou, a sixth-generation winemaker, sought to continue his family's legacy with a singular focus on producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon in the Livermore Valley, but in the last 10 years, he has focused his winemaking attention to Cabernet Franc as he considers this grape and his growing area to be especially well-suited to each other.  His vision was to craft wines that could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the world while showcasing the unique terroir of Livermore and you take note of that in his tasting room. He is now joined at the winery by his wife, Beth Mirassou who is the cellarmaster and an assistant winemaker, his son, Aidan Mirassou, 7th generation assistant winemaker, and Sara Mirassou, 7th generation Wine Club Manager. 

The Vineyards and Winemaking Philosophy

The success of Steven Kent Winery is rooted in its meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking. The Livermore Valley’s  unique east-west orientation allows for the perfect balance of warm days and cool nights, ideal for growing premium Cabernet Franc. The winery sources grapes from four of the finest sites in the Valley. 

Steven Kent Mirassou's winemaking philosophy is centered on a deep respect for the land and a commitment to quality. Sustainable farming practices are employed to ensure the health and vitality of the vineyards, while minimal intervention in the winery allows the grapes' true character to shine through. Each bottle of Steven Kent wine is a testament to this dedication, embodying the essence of the terroir and the artistry of the winemaker.

The Wines

While Steven Kent Winery produces a range of award-winning wines, its reputation is built on its exceptional Cabernet Franc. The flagship wine, "L’Autre Cote," is a testament to the winery's commitment to excellence. This Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend is crafted from the finest grapes and aged in French oak barrels, resulting in a wine of remarkable complexity, structure, and elegance.

In addition to "The Premier," the winery offers several other noteworthy wines:

Lineage”: A Bordeaux-style blend that epitomizes the winery's pursuit of perfection. Rich and full-bodied, Lineage showcases the depth and character of Livermore Valley fruit.

The Premier”: a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the finest barrels from the four vineyards the Winery works with. 

Single Vineyard Series”: three vineyard-designated Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Sauvignons that exemplify the profound diversity of Livermore Valley terroir.

Cabernet Franc Blanc”: Steven Kent is one of the few wineries in the US to make a white wine from Cabernet Franc. This wine is unique in flavor and structure and helps to shine a focused light on another of the innumerable facets of the Cabernet Franc diamond. 

Each wine crafted at Steven Kent Winery is a reflection of the family-run winery, the enduring passion for winemaking, and its unwavering commitment to quality.

Visiting Steven Kent Winery

A visit to Steven Kent Winery offers an immersive experience in Livermore Valley's winemaking heritage. The winery's tasting room is a welcoming space where guests can savor the wines and learn about the rich history and meticulous craftsmanship behind each bottle. Tasting in available Thursday – Sunday from 12pm – 5pm in their new location on Vasco Row, and the winery also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from wine release celebrations to intimate dinners, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with the winemaking team and fellow wine enthusiasts.

Steven Kent Winery is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of California's pioneering winemaking families. Through a relentless pursuit of excellence and a profound respect for the land, Steven Kent Mirassou has crafted a portfolio of wines that celebrate the unique terroir of Livermore Valley. For wine lovers seeking a true taste of California's rich viticultural heritage, Steven Kent Winery is a destination not to be missed.

Wood Family Vineyards 

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Wood Family Vineyards 

Another family-run winery Wood Family Vineyards offers a more intimate down-to-earth wine lovers experience in Livermore's Vasco Row. As a small, family-owned winery, they provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where visitors can sample their delicious Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandels tasting room while chatting with the owners. I had the opportunity to wine chat and taste the wines with Rhonda and Harrison Wood at the third annual Cabernet Franc Celebration & Competition. Great people and delicious wines. Including Wood Family Vineyards on your itinerary ensures you will have the opportunity to connect with some passionate winemakers and enjoy the true essence of Livermore's urban winery scene.


The Beginning of a Dream

The story of Wood Family Winery began with a shared dream and a love for wine. Michael Woodand and Rhonda Wood. Rhonda served as as airline pilot, pilot at the time for US Airways until the airline closed its operation at SFO. Wanda took a leave on 9/1/2001 as an airline pilot (10 days before 9/11) and was given a 5-year leave of absence before leaving the airlines. Wanda had five years to decide what she wanted to do.  Wanda's love of making wine and being able to stay home with my family was an important factor in Michael and Wanda's starting Woods Family Winery.  Wanda still has a love of flying and still enjoys flying little airplanes. 

As their passion grew, so did their desire to share their creations with a wider audience. Encouraged by the positive feedback from friends and family, the Woods decided to take a leap of faith and pursue winemaking full-time, determined to turn their dream into reality.

The winemaking jou started as a hobby in their garage, where they experimented with small batches of homemade wine, learning the intricacies of viticulture and vinification along the way.rney

As their passion grew, so did their desire to share their creations with a wider audience. Encouraged by the positive feedback from friends and family, the Woods decided to take a leap of faith. They left behind their careers to pursue winemaking full-time, determined to turn their dream into reality.

Building a Winery

In 2007, the Woods family established Woods Family Winery in the heart of Livermore Valley. From the beginning, their focus was on producing high-quality, handcrafted wines that reflected their dedication to excellence. They sourced grapes from some of the best vineyards in the region, ensuring that each bottle captured the essence of Livermore Valley's unique terroir.

The winery quickly gained a reputation for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandels. The meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and Rhonda's creative touch in the cellar resulted in wines that were both approachable and complex, earning accolades from wine enthusiasts and critics alike.

A Family Affair

Woods Family Winery is, above all, a family endeavor. Jeff and Rhonda's children have been involved in every aspect of the winery, from harvesting grapes to hosting tastings. This hands-on approach has fostered a sense of community and authenticity that resonates with visitors.

The tasting room at Woods Family Winery exudes warmth and hospitality. Guests are greeted like old friends, and invited to relax and enjoy the wines in a cozy, down-to-earth setting. Whether it is chatting with Michael about the latest vintage or sharing a laugh with Rhonda over a glass of Zinfandel, visitors quickly feel like part of the Woods family. Harrison Wood is now running the operations and the youngest son, Parker, works in the tasting room. 

Community and Connection

Beyond producing exceptional wines, Woods Family Winery is deeply committed to giving back to the community. The winery regularly hosts events such as trivia nights, family movie nights, and charity fundraisers, creating a vibrant social hub for locals and visitors alike.

One of the highlights of the winery's calendar is their annual Harvest Party, where guests can participate in grape stomping, enjoy live music, and celebrate the season's bounty with the Woods family. These events not only showcase the winery's wines but also strengthen the bonds between the winery and its community.

Looking Ahead

As Woods Family Winery continues to grow, Jeff and Rhonda remain true to their original vision: to create wines that bring joy and connection to those who drink them. Their dedication to quality, family values, and community spirit ensures that the winery will continue to be a cherished destination in Livermore Valley for years to come.

The story of Woods Family Winery is a heartfelt reminder that with passion, hard work, and a little bit of love, dreams can indeed come true. Cheers to the Woods family and the vibrant legacy they are building, one bottle at a time.

Cuda Ridge Wines

Larry & Margie Dino Cuda Ridge Wines: Crafting Excellence in Livermore Valley Wine Country

I met winemaker Larry Dino of Cuda Ridge Wines back in April of 2022, although I had tasted some of his wines earlier it was at a meet-the-winemaker event portion of the third annual Cabernet Franc Celebration & Competition that I got to meet the winemaker himself. Founded by Larry & Margie Dino, Cuda Ridge Wines produces Bordeaux-style wines that bring out the wonderful terroir of Livermore Valley. Larry and Margie Dino produce 2400 cases per year. Cuda Ridge Wines produces the following Bordeaux varietals:  Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carménère, and Petit Verdot. 

In the heart of Livermore Valley, Cuda Ridge Wines stands as a beacon of quality and tradition, thanks to the passion and vision of its founder, Larry Dino. This boutique winery, known for its Bordeaux-style wines, is a testament to Larry's dedication to the art of winemaking and his deep connection to the Livermore community.

A Passion Ignited

Larry Dino's journey into the world of wine began with a personal passion. Growing up in a family that appreciated good food and wine, Larry developed a keen interest in viticulture and winemaking. After a successful career in technology, he decided to follow his heart and pursue his dream of making wine.

In 2007, Larry and his wife Margie took the plunge, establishing Cuda Ridge Wines in the scenic Livermore Valley. The name "Cuda Ridge" pays homage to Larry's love for classic cars, particularly his prized 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. This blend of personal interests and professional ambition set the stage for what would become a thriving winery.

Crafting Bordeaux-Style Wines

Larry's vision for Cuda Ridge was clear from the start: to produce high-quality Bordeaux-style wines that reflect the unique terroir of Livermore Valley. He believed that the region's climate and soil were ideal for growing Bordeaux varietals, and he was determined to showcase their potential.

The winery's first releases included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, each crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail. Larry's approach to winemaking is both traditional and innovative, combining time-honored techniques with modern practices to enhance the character and complexity of his wines.

A Family Affair

Cuda Ridge Wines is very much a family operation. Larry and Margie work side by side, managing everything from vineyard operations to marketing and sales. Their daughter Megan is also involved, helping with events and, wine club, and sharing their parents' passion for the business.

The Dino family's hands-on approach is evident in every aspect of the winery. Visitors to the tasting room are often greeted by Larry himself, who takes the time to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with guests. This personal touch has created a loyal following and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that sets Cuda Ridge apart.

Community and Collaboration

Larry's commitment to the Livermore community extends beyond his winery. He is an active participant in local wine events and organizations, always eager to collaborate with fellow winemakers and promote the region. Cuda Ridge Wines frequently hosts events that bring people together, from wine release parties to charity fundraisers.

One of the highlights of the winery's calendar is the annual "Cuda Cruise-In," a car show that combines Larry's love for classic cars with his passion for wine. This unique event draws car enthusiasts and wine lovers alike, creating a festive atmosphere that celebrates the best of both worlds.

Awards and Accolades - Award winning wines

Over the years, Cuda Ridge Wines has earned numerous awards and accolades, solidifying its reputation as a producer of exceptional wines. Larry's dedication to quality and craftsmanship is reflected in every bottle, garnering praise from critics and customers alike.

Notable accolades include frequent 90+ point ratings from Wine Enthusiast, and gold medals at prestigious competitions such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the California State Fair. These honors are a testament to Larry's skill and commitment to excellence, reinforcing Cuda Ridge's status as a premier winery in Livermore Valley.

Looking to the Future

As Cuda Ridge Wines continues to grow, Larry remains focused on his original mission: to create world-class wines that capture the essence of Livermore Valley. He is constantly exploring new techniques and experimenting with different varietals, always striving to improve and innovate.

Larry's passion for winemaking, combined with his deep roots in the community, ensures that Cuda Ridge Wines will continue to thrive and inspire for years to come. The story of Larry Dino and Cuda Ridge is one of dedication, family, and a relentless pursuit of excellence—qualities that make this winery a true gem in Livermore Valley.

Larry Dino and the enduring legacy of Cuda Ridge Wines, where every bottle tells a story of passion, perseverance, and a love for the craft.

With destinations like these wineries and tasting rooms and so many others to explore you are sure to find some additional hidden gems and uncover the unique flavors and stories of historic Livermore Valley!

Where to Eat 

Livermore Wine Country is not just about wine—it is also a culinary paradise with a variety of dining options to satisfy every palate.

Wingen Bakery: 

Start your day with mouthwatering sourdough breads, sandwiches, and pastries at Wingen Bakery. Their baked goods are highly sought-after, making it a delicious stop for breakfast or lunch.

Sons of Liberty Alehouse: 

This bustling restaurant offers elevated American pub fare sourced locally and emphasizing fresh, organic ingredients. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, Sons of Liberty Alehouse is known for its casual vibe and delicious food.

Ambiance and Atmosphere

Sons of Liberty Alehouse exudes a welcoming, rustic charm that mirrors the rich history of its namesake. The interior features exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and industrial lighting, creating an inviting environment perfect for casual dinners, lively gatherings, or intimate date nights. The atmosphere is both cozy and vibrant, making it a versatile venue for various occasions.

Exceptional Craft Beer and Wine Selection

At the heart of Sons of Liberty Alehouse is its impressive selection of craft beers and fine wines. The rotating beer menu showcases a diverse array of local and regional brews, ensuring there is always something new for patrons to try. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the careful curation of flavors, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts. Wine lovers are not left out, with a carefully selected list of wines featuring both local Livermore Valley vintages and renowned labels from further afield.

A Menu to Delight

The culinary offerings at Sons of Liberty Alehouse are nothing short of exceptional. The menu is a thoughtful blend of comfort food and contemporary dishes, all crafted with the freshest ingredients. Popular starters include the crispy Brussels sprouts and the charcuterie board, perfect for sharing. For the main course, options range from the hearty Liberty Burger, topped with bacon and cheddar, to the elegant pan-seared salmon, served with seasonal vegetables.

Vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions will also find ample choices, with several dishes designed to accommodate various needs without compromising on flavor. The commitment to quality and creativity is evident in every dish, making dining at Sons of Liberty Alehouse a truly enjoyable experience.

Community and Events

Sons of Liberty Alehouse is more than just a place to eat and drink; it is a community hub. The alehouse regularly hosts events, from live music and trivia nights to beer tastings and wine pairing dinners. These events foster a sense of community and provide entertainment for all ages. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to ensure that every visit is memorable.

Range Life: 

Experience seasonally focused, elevated California-style cuisine with a global twist at Range Life. Celebrate great food and relationships with local farmers, and ranchers. This restaurant offers a fresh and delicious menu highlighting the best of the region's ingredients.

Locanda Wine Bar: 

Indulge in traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist at Locanda Wine Bar. Their delicious pizzas and Italian fare pair perfectly with their inventive cocktails or regional wines.

Things to Do

When it comes to activities, Livermore Wine Country offers more than just wine-tasting

Livermore Wine Trolley: 

Explore the vineyards and wineries of Livermore Valley delightfully and uniquely aboard the Livermore Wine Trolley. This scenic tour ensures an unforgettable wine-tasting adventure.

Pedego Electric Bikes: 

For a more adventurous exploration of the vineyards, rent an electric bike from Pedego and glide through the scenic countryside at your own pace, stopping at wineries along the way.

Downtown Exploration: Take some time to explore downtown Livermore's charming shops, offering everything from boutique clothing to artisanal goods. Do not miss the Farmers' Market held every Thursday and Sunday, offering gourmet food products, local wine, and beautiful flowers.

Ravenswood Historic Site: Step back in time at the Ravenswood Historic Site, exploring Victorian buildings and picturesque grounds for a peaceful and educational outing.

Where To Stay - Hotels near Livermore wineries

Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa: 

Nestled amidst the rolling vineyards of Livermore Valley, the Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa offers a tranquil retreat for those seeking luxury and relaxation in a picturesque setting. This boutique resort combines elegant accommodations, a rejuvenating spa, and close proximity to some of the region's finest wineries, making it an ideal destination for both leisure and romance.

Luxurious Accommodations

The Purple Orchid boasts a selection of beautifully appointed rooms and suites, each designed to provide the utmost comfort and sophistication. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, including:

Orchard Suites: Featuring private entrances, spacious living areas, and luxurious king-sized beds.

Olive Suites: Offering stunning views of the surrounding olive orchards and vineyards, complete with fireplaces and soaking tubs.

Vineyard Suites: Designed for ultimate relaxation with private patios and outdoor hot tubs.

Each room is equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and high-quality bath products to ensure a comfortable stay.

Rejuvenating Spa Services

The resort’s on-site spa offers a wide range of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate. Guests can indulge in:

Massages: From Swedish to deep tissue, tailored to meet individual needs.

Facials: Utilizing high-quality products to nourish and revitalize the skin.

Body Treatments: Including wraps and scrubs to exfoliate and refresh.

The spa's tranquil ambiance and expert therapists ensure a blissful experience, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring the wine country.

Picturesque Grounds and Amenities

Set on ten acres of beautiful countryside, the Purple Orchid offers a serene environment with numerous amenities.

Wine Country Experience

Located in the heart of Livermore Valley, the Purple Orchid is just minutes away from some of the region's best wineries. Guests can enjoy wine tastings, tours, and events at nearby vineyards, making it a perfect base for wine enthusiasts. The resort also offers exclusive wine packages and can arrange private tours for guests looking to explore the local wine scene.

Exceptional Service

The Purple Orchid is known for its warm hospitality and personalized service. The attentive staff is dedicated to ensuring every guest has a memorable stay, from offering local recommendations to arranging special activities and experiences.

The Rose Hotel: 

Experience the old-world charm in the heart of downtown Livermore at The Rose Hotel. With well-appointed guest rooms and complimentary breakfast, a cozy retreat after a day of exploration.

Located in the picturesque downtown of Livermore, CA, The Rose Hotel stands as an epitome of elegance and comfort. This boutique hotel combines luxurious amenities with a warm, inviting atmosphere, making it a favorite among travelers seeking both relaxation and a touch of sophistication.

Elegant Accommodations

The Rose Hotel offers a selection of exquisitely designed rooms and suites, each featuring high-end furnishings and modern conveniences. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, including deluxe rooms and opulent suites. Each room is thoughtfully appointed with plush bedding, spacious bathrooms with marble accents, and premium bath products. Many rooms also offer additional amenities such as fireplaces, jetted tubs, and private balconies, enhancing the overall guest experience.

Exceptional Amenities

The Rose Hotel is dedicated to providing an exceptional stay, offering a range of amenities to ensure guests' comfort and satisfaction. The hotel features:

Complimentary Breakfast: Guests can start their day with a complimentary gourmet breakfast, featuring a variety of freshly prepared dishes and beverages.

Fitness Center: A well-equipped fitness center is available for guests who wish to maintain their workout routine during their stay.

Business Services: For business travelers, the hotel provides a business center with printing, faxing, and high-speed internet access.

Concierge Service: The knowledgeable concierge team is on hand to assist with reservations, local recommendations, and any other needs guests may have.

Ideal Location

The Rose Hotel's prime location in downtown Livermore makes it an ideal base for exploring the area. Guests are within walking distance of a variety of attractions, including boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. The hotel is also conveniently located near Livermore’s renowned wineries and vineyards, offering wine enthusiasts easy access to tastings and tours.

Homewood Suites is just outside of town, Homewood Suites offers comfortable accommodation with free breakfast, parking, and access to an outdoor pool and fitness center. Pet-friendly rooms make it an excellent choice for furry friends.

Kid and Pet Friendly Wineries in Livermore

Livermore Valley in California is known for its welcoming wineries, many of which offer kid and pet-friendly amenities. Here are some notable options:

Wente Vineyards

Features: Picnic areas, educational tours, live music events, and a golf course.

Details: Kids can enjoy the open spaces and outdoor events.

Concannon Vineyard

Features: Historical tours, picnic grounds, and seasonal events.

Details: The large estate offers plenty of space for children to explore and play.

Retzlaff Vineyards

Features: Picnic areas, spacious lawns, and family-friendly events.

Details: Known for its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming environment for families.

Bent Creek Winery

Features: Beautiful grounds, picnic areas, and occasional live music.

Details: Offers a peaceful setting where kids can enjoy the outdoor space.

Pet-Friendly Wineries

Murrieta’s Well

Features: Outdoor seating areas where dogs are welcome, scenic views.

Details: Pets are welcome in designated outdoor areas, making it a great spot for a relaxing visit with your furry friend.

3 Steves Winery

Features: Outdoor picnic areas, pet-friendly patio.

Details: Dogs are allowed outside, and the winery often hosts events that are pet-friendly.

Las Positas Vineyards

Features: Pet-friendly patios, vineyard views.

Details: Pets are welcome in outdoor seating areas, providing a nice environment for pet owners.

McGrail Vineyards and Winery

Features: Pet-friendly grounds, spacious outdoor areas.

Details: Pets are welcome in the outdoor areas, and there is plenty of space for them to roam.

Combined Kid and Pet-Friendly Wineries

Page Mill Winery

Features: Picnic areas, spacious outdoor seating, and friendly staff.

Details: Welcomes both kids and pets, offering a family-friendly environment with ample outdoor space.

Garre Vineyard and Winery

Features: Picnic grounds, outdoor seating, bocce ball courts.

Details: Great for families with children and pets, with plenty of outdoor activities.

Dante Robere Vineyards

Features: Outdoor seating areas, family and pet-friendly policies.

Details: Offers a welcoming atmosphere for both kids and pets, with lovely outdoor spaces to enjoy.

These wineries provide a range of amenities to ensure that both children and pets have an enjoyable experience while the adults can relax and enjoy the wine. Always check the specific winery’s policies and current offerings before visiting, as they can change.

Map of Livermore Wineries 


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Livermore wineries with restaurants
For a unique wine-tasting EXPERIENCE Several wineries in Livermore offer dining options, ranging from casual eateries to fine dining experiences. Here are some notable Livermore wineries that have on-site restaurants:

Wente Vineyards

Restaurant: The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

Features: Fine dining with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Details: Offers a diverse menu with a range of dishes, from farm-to-table options to gourmet entrees. The restaurant also features wine pairings with meals.

Garre Vineyard and Winery

Restaurant: The Café Garre

Features: Casual dining with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Details: Provides a variety of dishes including pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Outdoor seating is available, offering scenic views of the vineyard to add to your wine tasting experience.

Campo di Bocce

Restaurant: Campo di Bocce Restaurant

Features: Italian cuisine with a focus on traditional dishes and wood-fired pizzas.

Details: Located at a winery with bocce ball courts, making it a great spot for families and groups. Offers a relaxed dining atmosphere with a comprehensive wine list.

Murrieta's Well

Restaurant: The culinary team provides a seasonal menu

Features: Gourmet, farm-to-table small plates designed to pair with their wines.

Details: Emphasizes local ingredients and offers a rotating menu to reflect the seasons. The dining experience is enhanced by the scenic vineyard views.

McGrail Vineyards and Winery

Restaurant: Often partners with local food trucks and caterers for events

Features: Varied food options depending on the event.

Details: While not a traditional restaurant, McGrail often hosts events with gourmet food trucks or catered meals, providing diverse and high-quality dining options paired with their wines.

Tips for Visiting

Reservations: It’s advisable to make reservations, especially on weekends or during peak seasons, to ensure seating at these popular dining spots.

Seasonal Menus: Many winery restaurants offer seasonal menus, so check their websites or call ahead to see what’s currently available.

Events and Special Menus: Look out for special events such as wine dinners, holiday brunches, or themed culinary nights which can offer unique dining experiences.

These wineries provide excellent options for enjoying delicious meals alongside their fine wines, enhancing the overall experience of a visit to Livermore Valley.

A Great Getaway

With its blend of award-winning wine, culinary delights, cultural experiences, and natural beauty, Livermore offers a truly memorable getaway for locals and out-of-towners alike. Whether you are exploring the wine country or immersing yourself in downtown charm, there is something for everyone in this relaxed and charming part of Northern California.

While many wineries in Livermore Valley offer a complimentary tasting, policies can change, so it’s always a good idea to check the winery’s website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information. Here are some Livermore wineries that have been known to offer complimentary tastings:

Livermore Wineries with Complimentary Tastings

Remember, the wineries of Livermore Valley Wine Country offer membership to their wine club and often you and some guests can visit again and enjoy a complimentary tasting. Good to know when you find that special wine and winery you have been looking for many.


You will  find in Livermore Wine Country award-winning wine, culture, history, and nature, Livermore offers a wealth of activities to make your visit truly special. It is not possible to cover every activity and every winery. The goal is to help you start your next wine tasting with a few tips as you make your way to Livermore and its award-winning wines. It does not matter whether you are a local, or an out-of-towner, visiting for the weekend, there is something for everyone in this relaxed and charming part of Northern California.