Wines: Livermore Valley

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Wines: Livermore Valley

Less than an hour east of San Francisco, Livermore Valley Wine Country welcomes visitors with a flourish expanse of vineyards, wineries, and wine country experiences. Amid picturesque canyons, ridges and outposts of suburbia, the lush vines and convivial tasting rooms increasingly define the quality of life in the valley. To the delight of residents and visitors alike, the region is enjoying a wine renaissance harking back to the golden years of early California wine history.

Vines were first planted in the Livermore Valley by Robert Livermore in the 1840's. Other famous California wineries that started in the area include Wente and Concannon. The first ever, domestic, varietally-labeled Chardonany came from Livermore Valley's Wente Vineyards in 1936. The region became one of America's first American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in 1982.

Fun Fact: Nearly 80% of California's Chardonnay vines trace their genetic roots to a Livermore Valley clone.