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.
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.
When the owners of Cedar Mountain Winery bought the property in 1988 the vineyard was producing Chenin Blanc grapes. After the first year, they grafted the Chenin Blanc vineyard to a mixture of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which became the base of their first release, 1990 Estate Chardonnay; in 2005 they grafted some of the Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc that makes the 2007 Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes that aren't grown directly on the property are grown almost exclusively in the Livermore Valley. The winery produces 100,000 cases of wine annually; in addition to the Estate wines (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc) Cedar Mountain makes Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Duet (a Cabernet/ Merlot blend), and number of Port wines which they are particularly known for.
Charles R. Vineyards is located on an former mining trail. The winery produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Zinfandel from the Dry Creek and Livermore Valleys several medal winners among them.
When it was founded in 1883, Concannon Vineyards had 40 acres of vineyard in the Livermore Valley. Today, Concannon has approximately 200 acres more than half of which are planted with Petite Sirah grapes. Concannon bottles Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. The winery also makes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel from varieties grown on the Central Coast. All together that makes 30,000 cases a year that Concannon produces.
Stony Ridge winery was established in 1887, and the label Crooked Vine was added in 2000. Stony Ridge makes a Sparkling Malvasia Bianca (in peach, pineapple, & honey flavors), Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and a Petite Sirah-Cabernet-Syrah blend. Under the Crooked Vine label the winery produces Fume Blanc, Charve, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. The winery has barrel tastings the second weekend of every month through October.
Cuda Ridge produces Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel from Livermore Valley vineyards.
All of Eagle Ridge's wine is made from Livermore-grown varietals. The winery is particularly known for its Petite Sirah, and produces Pinot Grigio as well.
The winery produces 2,500 cases annually; among them Semillon, Viognier, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and a blend of nine different varietals called "Mistura della Campagna." Throughout the year, Eckhert hosts several "bottle your own" events, where visitors can do just that, for $8. In addition to wine, olives are grown on Eckert Estate and olive oil is produced by a mill on the property.
El Sol winery is a small-lot winery currently producing Champagne, Chardonnay Merlot, Merlot Rose, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Amador Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Muscat Dessert, and Syrah Port.
When Fenestra Winery was founded in the Seventies it was one of the first boutique wineries in the Livermore Valley. Today it produces about 7,500 cases a year. Fenestra bottles wine primarily from grapes grown in the valley. In addition to the standard varietals, the winery recently began making wines from Portuguese and Spanish varieties as well. All together it produces Semillon, Chardonnay, Semonnay (Sem-Chard), Viognier, White Riesling, Dry Rosé, a Rhône Blend called True Red, Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Port, Syrah and Mourvedre. On any given day in the tasting room they have 20 wines available for sampling.
Garre produces 2500 cases a year on 20 acres in the Livermore Valley. The winery has specialized in Merlot for years, but only recently began bottling the five varietals known as the "Bordeaux blend" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petite Verdot). At present they also produce Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and a Cab-Sauv Port.
Hidden Creek specializes in small-lot productions, never making more than 300 cases at once. The winery currently makes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay; all grapes are from independent vineyards located in the Napa Valley.
La Rochelle specializes in Pinot Noir, making several different kinds from Monterey, Arroyo Seco, Russian River, and San Francisco Bay appellations. The winery also produces Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, from the Arroyo Seco and Monterey appellations, respectively. Tastings at La Rochelle winery feature a cheese pairing (though flights are available without cheese as well).