Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards
The Estate Winery & Tasting Room: 5565 Tesla Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

The Vineyard Tasting Room
5050 Arroyo Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

The Winemakers Studio
5565 Tesla Rd
Livermore, CA  94550

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Winemakers Studio: Thur-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

Story

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously operated family-owned winery in the United States. Today, under the ownership and management of the Wente family’s fourth and fifth generations, the winery maintains its leadership role with certified sustainable estate vineyards in some of the most desirable regions of California. Situated in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is a true destination for all who love exceptional wine, fine food, live concerts, and championship golf.

The wine experience

First, a bit of background. Each wine in the Wente Vineyards portfolio has a distinctive style. Estate Grown wines are named after the unique growing conditions of the vineyards in which they are sourced. Single Vineyard wines are grown in specific vineyard blocks named for the pioneers who relate to the history of Wente Vineyards’ winemaking tradition and premier estate vineyards. Small Lot and The Nth Degree wines are limited production wines created to reflect the distinctive terroir of the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco appellations, as well as to highlight the craftsmanship involved in hands-on winemaking.

For visitors to the Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards offers three unique ways to experience the wines. There’s the historic Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room, where they can get an insider’s view of the state-of-the art equipment in operation. There’s also the Vineyard Tasting Room, where guests can enjoy a special tasting and tour through the historic sandstone caves. What’s more, to fully demonstrate the experience of hands-on winemaking, the family created The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards.

The Winemakers Studio makes wine knowledge fun. It’s an attractive, engaging space where everyone who enters leaves knowing more than they did before. Through classes offered by appointment, participants can learn to differentiate and describe the aromas and flavors in the glass, learn how wine can be paired with food to make both more delicious, and try their own hand at blending wine to better appreciate the winemaker’s art.

The food experience

Wente Vineyards provides catering services ranging from weddings and private events to corporate meetings, team building activities, and tastings in the historic sandstone caves. Custom menus paired with award-winning wines are prepared and served with the same attention to detail received by guests of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards features ingredient-driven California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients. While the menu holds its foundation in American dishes, it is influenced by French and Italian provincial cuisine. The seasonal menu changes daily, utilizing produce from The Restaurant’s organic garden. The award-winning wine list offers more than 1,000 selections, providing a myriad of options for wine pairings.

Wente Vineyards also provides a seamless catering service for weddings, private events, and corporate meetings in an array of settings, with custom menus. Engaging team building activities and fun events, such as tastings in the historic sandstone caves, are managed with ease, making each event pleasant and truly memorable.

The golf experience

The Course at Wente Vineyards, designed by golfing great Greg Norman, is a championship 18-hole public golf course that traverses three distinct ecosystems—native woodlands, mature vineyards, and rolling hills of natural grasslands. Designed for both novice and pro, the 7,181-yard, par- 72 course has hosted the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour.

Golfers and non-golfers alike meet up at The Grill, located in the clubhouse, which offers an exceptional view and American fare in a casual setting. There’s a full bar that can be enjoyed in the dining room or outside on the pleasant terrace and patio.

Besides individual rounds, The Course at Wente Vineyards hosts group tournaments. There’s a PGA professional staff on hand to attend to every detail of each event by providing unforgettable golf, delicious cuisine, seamless service, and incomparable value ensuring a memorable wine country experience for all.  

The concert experience 

For the past 30 years, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards have showcased world-renowned entertainers in the winery’s picturesque natural amphitheater. Guests can enjoy pre-concert sunset buffet dinners outdoors prepared by Catering with Wente Vineyards or in The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Non-diners can reserve orchestra seats or seats on the terrace, in the final section of the lawn. Wherever they sit, they’re sure to enjoy a stimulating evening listening to live music in the night air.

Past artists include James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Harry Connick, Jr., John Fogerty, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Train, Tony Bennett, and Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers. The lineup for The Concerts at Wente Vineyards 2017 series is announced in the late spring and posted on the Wente Vineyards website.

Through superb wines, excellent food, top rated golf, and an intimate concert venue, the Wente family shares their legacy most graciously. With each visit to the Livermore Valley, we find more ways to experience Wente Vineyards. That’s why it’s a true destination.


Wente Family Estates

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

Mar
1

Wente Vineyards-Wine Month at The Restaurant

Mar 01, 2017 until Mar 31, 2017

This March explore the extensive wine list at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards with over 700 labels featuring wines from the Livermore Valley and many of the best appellations of California, Oregon and Washington. Now is the perfect time to find that special bottle you’ve been longing to try. Receive 50% off bottle purchases while dining at The Restaurant during the month of March. Dine in only.
For reservations call 925.456.2450 or click HERE.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA

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Mar
30

Wente Vineyards Winemaker's Dinner

Mar 30, 2017 until Mar 30, 2017 Starting at 6:00pm

Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Wente's first Winemaker’s Dinner of 2017. Join Karl Wente, 5th generation winemaker, for an evening of exceptional wine and food from Wente Vineyards! Enjoy passed appetizers and wine during the reception followed by a memorable four course meal paired with award winning Wente Vineyards wines.

The Event Center
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore

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May
18

Chef's Family Style Luncheon in The Garden at Wente Vineyards

May 18, 2017 until May 18, 2017 11:00am to 1:00pm

Join Wente vineyards  for an exclusive family-style luncheon in The Garden. They will start with a personal tour from Master Gardener Diane Dovholuk and then dine underneath The Arbor. Executive Chef Mike Ward will prepare a seasonally inspired three course meal paired with Wente Vineyards wine.

For reservations, please call 925.456.2424
or click HERE

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA

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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!