Yorkshire Times
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9:52 AM 29th October 2019

Wine Renaissance East Of San Francisco

Less than an hour east of San Francisco, Livermore Valley Wine Country is an expanse of vineyards, wineries, breweries and wine country experiences.

Nestled amongst picturesque canyons and ridges, lush vines and friendly tasting rooms, Livermore is enjoying a wine renaissance reminiscent of the historic golden era of California wine. With more than 55 wineries all within close proximity, Tri-Valley’s Livermore region is a refreshing contrast to the crowds and prices of the likes of Napa and Sonoma.

Discover five of Livermore’s best wineries with this handy guide to one of California’s best kept viticultural secrets.

The must-see – Wente Vineyards
The oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery in the US, Wente Vineyards produces extraordinary wines. Visitors are invited to dine at their award-winning restaurant after teeing off at the world-class golf course – the only course designed by golfing legend Greg Norman on the grounds of a vineyard. Vineyard tour from £27 per person.

For history buffs – Concannon Vineyards
A vineyard with a rich history, Concannon Vineyards was the first successful winery founded by an Irish immigrant and has stayed in the Concannon family ever since. James Concannon was one of the first to craft Bordeaux-style wine in California and an estimated 80% of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon is planted using Concannon clones. The vineyard survived the tumultuous Prohibition era by selling sacramental wine, with three of those bottles now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. Tasting fee from £15.

Something different – McGrail Vineyards and Winery
A boutique winery for those looking for something different, McGrail Vineyards’ speciality is Cabernet Sauvignon. From yoga between the vines, bocce ball tournaments and lobster festivals, McGrail is the perfect place to enjoy breath-taking views of the Livermore Valley while enjoying some of California’s best wine. Tasting fee from $11.

For a barrel of laughs – The Singing Winemaker
The most fun, unique and memorable winery experience, The Singing Winemaker offers a sing-a-long alongside award-winning blends. The Singing Winemaker, along with other talented musicians, are always about to serenade and entertain. Relax in one of the four tasting rooms or enjoy sweeping valley views from one of the numerous outdoor seating areas. Wine tasting from $10 with a $5 credit toward the first bottle purchased. Taste at all four wineries on property for £18.

As seen on TV – Longevity
Voted ‘Winery of the Year’ by the Livermore Valley Winegrower’s Association, Longevity is an urban winery focused on quality over quantity. Featured in hit TV shows like Big Little Lies, Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story, Longevity’s cosy and welcome tasting room is the perfect place to conclude a Livermore wine tour. Tasting fee is £7 per personal for groups of six guests or less.

Where to stay
Tucked away in California wine country, the suites at is the perfect base for your American adventure. Only 15 minutes from Wente and Concannon Vineyards. Rooms from £183 per night.

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