Livermore Valley Wineries
The San Francisco Bay area is one of the more popular tourist spots in all of the United States, and it’s fair to say that wine play a major role in that. There are a number of great wine regions in close proximity to San Francisco, meaning that there are plenty of day trips that can be taken out to wine country when visiting the Bay area. One of those regions, Livermore Valley, is just a one hour drive from San Francisco, and is home to over 50 wineries, each of which always has something special going on.
People are always surprised when they learn how long grapes have been growing in the major wine areas across the US. The Livermore Valley name came from Robert Livermore, who just so happened to be the first man to plant grapes here, way back in the 1840’s. Embarking on a Livermore Valley wine tasting trip means taking a little journey back in history. In fact, the first Livermore Valley wineries were established in 1883, which means that the winemakers in this region have had plenty of time to get things right. When you sample the varietals made in this region, you will quickly agree that they are doing a great job of doing just that.
There were a number of events over the years that helped put Livermore Valley on the wine map, but as far as tourism goes, things really began to change in 1981. That was when the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association was formed, with the AVA label attached to the region the following year. This sparked a period of real growth for the region, with the number of wineries in Livermore Valley doubling between 1993 and 2003. At that time, there were 25 wineries in operation, and that number has once again doubled, as more and more winemakers discover that the climate and terroir are perfect for growing truly wonderful grapes.
Livermore Valley is not a particularly large area at 15 miles long and 10 miles wide, which makes it perfect for visitors. All the wineries in Livermore Valley are in pretty close proximity tone another. This allows you to visit many different wineries on the same day, which also means that a designated driver should be chosen before your journey begins. If you are looking for a midweek escape, you should look into Winery Wednesdays in Livermore Valley. Between February and November, wineries take turns in hosting an evening wine tasting that will set you up perfectly for a great meal afterwards.
If a weekend away is more what you are after, there are a couple of great towns where you can set up base camp. There are plenty of great accommodations in Livermore and Pleasanton, both of which are right in the heart of wine country. Both towns offer everything that a visitor to the area could want, including some fantastic dining experiences. A trip to the Bay area almost requires that you take a trip into wine country, and we believe that Livermore Valley is one that you will truly love taking.