Although the original settler may have been Joaquin Murrieta, the Gold Rush era bandit who favored the water at the property’s artesian well, it was a French native whom recognized the land’s potential for amazing wine quality. Louis Mel bought the 92-acre property in 1883 and built a winery into the hillside adjacent to the well. The old stone winery building is a gorgeous example of early California architecture. Local timber and rustic concrete made from gravel gathered from the nearby Arroyo Mocho Creek were used in the construction. One of the first examples of California gravity flow design, the winery has aged gracefully, its exterior concrete exposing patches of the beautiful creek stones in myriad colors. Combined with Spanish design influences, the colorful past of Joaquin Murrieta, and ultra-premium wines, Murrieta’s Well is a captivating and unforgettable destination. The grounds are rich with beautiful design themes, enhanced by rustic wooden beams, artisan tile work, and open, welcoming spaces.
Set in the heart of the historic Livermore Valley, the idyllic winery is just 40 miles east of San Francisco.
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Louis Mel falls in love with the Livermore Valley and buys a 92-acre estate the locals affectionately call “Murrieta’s Well.” Mel is captivated by the unusually gravelly soil linked to some of the great vineyard sites of France. He builds a gravity-flow winery into the hillside and imports cuttings from renowned Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux and plants them on the property.