With a winemaking history that dates back to the time of Spanish missionaries, Livermore Valley is a living legend. It lies less than an hour east of the city of San Francisco and is home to some of California’s most storied wineries. The first international Gold medal awarded to a California wine was a dry 1884 Sauvignon Blanc from Livermore at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and much of the Chardonnay we drink today originated from plantings by Wente Vineyards. Located just about 30 miles east of San Francisco in California’s Tri-Valley region, Livermore Valley is an ideal region to explore.
In the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, the rolling terrain of Amador, San Ramon, and Livermore Valleys offers visitors an array of ways to getaway.
Cabernet is often called the king of grapes, and Chardonnay, the queen. As such, Livermore Valley, where the most popular of these clones were developed, might be considered hallowed ground. Within the San Francisco Bay Area, the region of 50-plus wineries is reachable by BART and navigable by bike, trolley, Uber, or car. Now that’s the royal touch.
Downtown is the heart of the Livermore community.