Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards
5565 Tesla Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

The Vineyard Tasting Room
5050 Arroyo Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

The Winemakers Studio & Estate Tasting Room
5565 Tesla Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

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Winemakers Studio: Thu-Sun 11-5, Vineyard Tasting Room: Daily 11-6:30, Estate Winery & Tasting Room: Daily 11-5

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What to Buy

’15 Morning Fog Chardonnay
Melon, grapefruit, green apple, pear $18

’15 Riva Ranch Pinot Noir
Black cherry, cranberries, red apple, black tea $34

'14 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon
Raspberries, ripe plum, black fruit, spice $34

'14 The Nth Degree Chardonnay
Tropical fruit, honey, ripe apple $68

Special Notes

100% estate grown, private tastings and tours, wine education studio, sustainable farming practices, restaurant, golf course, event center

Story

In the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards has become a true destination for all who appreciate exceptional wine paired with exquisite cuisine. The 134-year-old family-owned winery is home to The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, which is highly acclaimed for its ingredient-driven California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients.

“I’ve designed the menu to focus on the bounty of California and its diversified culture,” says Executive Chef Mike Ward. “For me, California cuisine means amazing curries, outstanding Japanese cuisine, and off-the-chart Mexican food. I look back at all of the amazing meals I’ve had from various cultures, and I tap my memories, fresh ingredients, and the talents of our highly trained culinary team to create our menu.”

The menu changes daily, utilizing produce from the estate’s organic garden, which has grown from a small area at the back of a vineyard to a one-half acre parcel of inspiration for Chef Mike. Overseen by Master Gardener Diane Dovholuk, who started the garden in 1983, The Garden at Wente Vineyards provides fresh seasonal vegetables grown using sustainable practices without the use of pesticides. At the start of each growing season, Diane and Chef Mike review seed catalogs to determine what vegetables and herbs to plant. Diane always reserves a few beds for experimentation.

“There’s something soothing and a bit magical about growing your own produce,” Chef Mike says. “We feel an almost primal sense of victory when we reap a bountiful harvest and turn it into spectacular creations for our guests to enjoy.”

Beyond produce, Wente Vineyards raises free range steer on the hillsides above the winery. After roaming freely and grazing on clover and vetch, they’re switched to a diet of grain and the equivalent of two glasses of red wine per day in their feed to produce a finer marbling and more robust flavor profile. Chef Mike and his team have also created a unique dry aging program. Steaks are aged from 21 to 42 days.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards features an award-winning wine list with more than 1,000 selections to complement its ever-changing menu. Wine Director Jorge Tinoco works closely with Chef Mike to find the best food and wine pairings. They collaborate by first imagining several pairings and writing them down before they meet. They then get together and taste the wines along with all of the estate’s seasonal offerings as well as other local organic ingredients available to them.

“When there is a great ingredient that I am super pumped about, Jorge will look through his arsenal of wine and find multiple varietals to pair with,” Chef Mike says. “At other times, Jorge will introduce me to a newly released wine or something amazing and unique from Wente’s cellar, and we will build a dish around the wine. As far as for who makes the final decision on what we pair with what, it’s always what tastes the best.”

Jorge heartily agrees and says that although the wine list offers more than 1,000 choices, they often settle on a wine from Wente Vineyards. “Wente wines are exceptionally food-friendly,” Jorge explains. “Backed by a 134-year family legacy, the wines are consistent and balanced. But more importantly, our Fifth Generation Winegrower Karl Wente thinks of every wine as a musical symphony with many varietals coming through with high, medium, and lower notes. The wine’s perfect balance of fruits, aromatics, acids, structure, mouthfeel, and beauty complement the superb fare created by Mike and his culinary team.”


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Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: Yes

Food / Wine Parings: No

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: Yes

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: Yes

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

Events

Jan
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The Concerts at Wente Vineyards

Jan 01, 2017 until Jan 01, 2020 8:00pm

For more than 30 years, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards have showcased world-renowned entertainers in the winery’s picturesque natural amphitheater. Guests enjoy pre-concert sunset dinners outdoors or in The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Past artists include James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Harry Connick, Jr., John Fogerty, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Train, Colbie Caillat, Third Eye Blind, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Matt Nathanson and many more.

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5050 Arroyo Rd Livermore, CA 94550

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Jan
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Events at Wente Vineyards

Jan 01, 2017 until Jan 01, 2020

From hosting grand tastings to showcasing nationally touring artists and musicians, it is no wonder why Wente Vineyards is renowned as one of the greatest event venues in all wine country.

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5050 Arroyo Rd Livermore, CA 94550

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Videos

Wente Family Estates ‘Legendary Family of Chardonnay’ Award

On Friday, May 13, 2016, Fourth Generation Winegrower Eric Wente and Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl D. Wente accepted the inaugural ‘Legendary Family of Chardonnay’ Award at the International Chardonnay Symposium La Paulée Dinner & Vintner’s Award Ceremony in Pismo Beach, CA.

Wine and Music Parallels by Karl D. Wente

Fifth Generation Winegrower Karl D. Wente draws parallels between wine and music. Take a peek behind the scenes with his band Wolf Hamlin and the Front Porch Drifters, and hear how he approaches his two passions with a similar approach.

Wente Vineyards - California's First Family of Chardonnay

Fifth Generation Winemaker, Karl Wente, discusses his family’s legacy with Chardonnay over the past 100 years.

Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is the oldest family-owned and operated winery in California.

Wente Vineyards - Morning Fog Chardonnay

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Morning Fog Chardonnay.

Sustainability at Wente Vineyards

Learn about the sustainability at Wente Vineyards.

Wente Vineyards - Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc

Wente Vineyards - The Nth Degree Chardonnay

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about The Nth Degree Chardonnay.

Wente Vineyards - Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wente Vineyards - Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Riva Ranch Chardonnay.

Wente Vineyards - Riverbank Riesling

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Riverbank Riesling.

Wente Vineyards - Sandstone Merlot

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Sandstone Merlot.

Wente Vineyards - Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wente Vineyards - Reliz Creek Pinot Noir

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Reliz Creek Pinot Noir.

Wente Vineyards - Small Lot Eric's Chardonnay

Watch Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente talk about our Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay.

Wente Wine Experience

A look at Wente Vineyards, the oldest family-owned, continuously-operating winery in the country.

Wente Vineyards by Karl Wente

Fifth Generation Winegrower, Karl Wente, describes the history of Wente Vineyards and his philosophy behind the vineyard and its winemaking.

Next Stop: Wente Vineyards

Located near San Francisco, the 3,000 acres of sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley; San Francisco Bay; and Arroyo Seco, Montereyappellations are truly a family affair.

Baked Eggs Florentine

Try this Baked Eggs Florentine recipe! They are baked in small ramekins and can even be made ahead of time--great for breakfast on the go! 

Broiled Pork Tenderloin with Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Salsa

You'll be drooling just looking at this Broiled Pork Tenderloin with Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Salsa recipe!

Red Wine Risotto with Braised Beef and Mushrooms

Try this recipe for Red Wine Risotto with Braised Beef and Mushrooms. It's a great follow-up to Wente's Burgundy Pot Roast.

Burgundy Pot Roast

Try this melt-in-your-mouth pot roast recipe with burgandy wine from Wente Vineyards! 

Best Almond Cake

This delectably nutty almond cake is the perfect way to end your meal. It tastes great plain or topped with Orange Crème Fraîche!

Oven-Steamed Mussels with Sauvignon Blanc

Oven-Steamed Mussels will please any seafood-lover. Switch up the recipe and serve with hard cider and bacon, or with leeks and pernod!

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Shallot and Parmesan Topping

These cheesy twice-baked sweet potatoes are the perfect appetizer for your meal!