Contra Costa County


Just an hour east of downtown San Francisco, a sleeping giant has awakened to the delight of wine tourists eager to discover someplace “new”.

Actually, when it comes to wine, Contra Costa County is anything but new. The 800-square-mile county has been producing award-winning wine and grapes for more than 120 years; and prior to the Prohibition, it was home to 50-plus wineries. Through the years, a series of historical events and its growing population took Contra Costa County out of the wine industry limelight: but the region never stopped producing exceptional grapes. Giants don’t sleep forever and today, thanks to its nonstop grape friendly conditions and a sophisticated following, Contra Costa County is soaring in all sorts of ways. Its luscious grapes are used not only by the 18-plus regional wineries, but by at least 50 wineries outside the county. The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association wants our readers to see what the buzz is about!


Bloomfield Vineyards 
2010 Viognier:  Best of Show White, 2012 Contra Costa Commercial Wine Competition 
TRY 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Devil’s Daughter

Cline Cellars
2011 Cashmere: Reserve Class Champion, 2013 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition
TRY 2011 Big Break Zinfandel, 2011 Late Harvest Mourvèdre, 2011 Ancient Vines Carignane

Hannah Nicole
2009 LeMelange Blanc: Gold medal, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
TRY 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest, 2010 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Meritage

Tamayo Family Vineyards
RECENT KUDO 2009 Syrah: Double Gold medal, 2011 Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Judging 
TRY 2009 Syrah, 2009 Logan’s Reserve Red Meritage, 2008 Tamayo Red

Viano Vineyards
RECENT KUDO 2007 Sandstone Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver medal, 2012 Orange County Fair 
TRY 2011 Contra Costa County Chardonnay, 2006 Sangiovese Riserva, 2007 Vintage Zinfandel Port

Wedl Wine Cellars
RECENT KUDO 2011 Zinfandel: Double Gold, 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 
TRY 2010 Zinfandel, 2011 Zinfandel