The Big White House is the definitive family winery: winemaker John started the business with help from his mother Eva, who manages the tasting room. Son John Evan became a co-owner and launched his own label, John Evan Cellars, in 2004; daughter Laura Marion paints all of the label-art. Big White House and John Evan bottle wines made from Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Viognier, Roussanne, Chardonnay varieties grown in Lodi, and Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. Visitors can sample several of their wines straight from the barrel, and check out a large collection of Art Noveau and Art Deco estate jewelry.
Blacksmith Cellars has been making wine in Alameda since 2001. The winery is one of the Alameda Point Vintners, a group of East Bay wineries that share the Rock Wall Wine Co. tasting room including Carica Wines, Ehrenberg Cellars, JRE Wines, R & B Cellars, Rock Wall Wines and Virgo Cellars. Blacksmith produces 1,200 cases a year, among them a Chenin Blanc, a Chardonnay, a Grenache, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Syrah. The grapes for all varietals are grown in the Alexander Valley, north of Healdsburg. Blacksmith was named the area's best winery by East Bay Express readers in 2007.
Boaventura de Caires Vineyard in Livermore is an eleven-year old winery, named after the winemaker's grandfather. The Livermore winery produces approximately 1,800 cases a year. Boaventura specializes in Cabernets: their current batch of wines includes three Cabernet Sauvignons from grapes grown on the property. They also produce a Petite Sirah and a Syrah; all are aged in barrels of French Oak.
Bodegas Aguirre is particularly known for their Petite Syrah, and Bordeaux varietals. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and several red blends.