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La Rochelle Winery

5443 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
925.243.6442
Janice@LRwine.com

Tasting:   Open Daily
Barrel Room open daily, 12-4:30, Reserve Room open weekends by appointment. Barrel Room: $15, Reserve Room: $25-50
Tours:
 
Groups and limos by appoointment only
Amenities:
  Seated tasting with food pairing
Price Range:   $28 to up to $75 per bottle
Production:
  2500 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

La Rochelle Winery Description

La Rochelle is a small artisan winery focused on making handcrafted, world-class Pinot Noir from vineyard sites in California and Oregon. The winery was named after the charming French port where the owner’s family departed for the New World.

In 2005, they moved their operation from the San Jose area to the vineyard-covered hills of Livermore Valley. Owned and operated by Steven Mirassou, of the six- generation wine pioneer Mirassou family, this winery makes very limited-production wines using grapes sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands, Anderson Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Monterey, Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as some select vineyards in Oregon. The Mirassou family has been credited with planting the first Pinot Noir grapes in California in 1854, and today offers a number of vineyard-designated wines. Some releases are very small (less than 100 cases), and all wines are sold through their Pinot Noir Program, the Internet, or in the tasting room.

There are two tasting experiences available for tasting La Rochelle wines. The Barrel Room is open 12-4:30 daily and offers a standing tasting of 4 La Rochelle wines. In the Reserve Room, guests are seated so they can enjoy their flight of wines along with a cheese pairing. The Reserve Room is open Sunday through Thursday, 12-4:30 and guests 21 and over are welcome.

The Reserve Room is back behind the “big house” (The Barrel Room). It is adorned with an extensive trellis system over a small courtyard and a walkway with wine barrel planters sporting rose bushes. A series of French doors leads you inside the long, single-story building. There is a stamped concrete floor and a long tasting bar, along with some gourmet food items and winery accessories. La Rochelle also plans to release a sparkling “Blanc de Blanc” in keeping with the family’s 60-year tradition of producing sparkling wine.

La Rochelle Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
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La Rochelle Winery Reviews

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Amazing Pinot Noir
mikesq, Marshfield
These are some of the most expensive wines in Livemore and well worth the price – they are some of the best wines I have ever tasted. The LaRochelle Reserve Tasting Room tasting shares the parking lot with the Steven Kent Barrel Room. The Reserve room has a $20 tasting fee, which seem high, but you get to taste amazing wines paired with cheeses. Great knowledgeable staff. We will be going back there on our next trip to CA.

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Girls day
preciouswines, Sac
This is a great tasting if your not in a rush to get to another winery....You sit down and enjoy your wines with a pairing platter with 2 cheeses, a pate and a tapenade to complement the wines. (which are for purchase also) visit with your friends and not feel rushed. Very relaxed, nice staff, good value. Wines are terrific - Pinot Noir is the focus and the Pinot Noir Flight is highly recommended.

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Pinot Noir Tasting
thm2008, Brentwood
Great place to visit in Livermore. You can sit down and enjoy tasting your wines and you have the added benefit of a pairing platter with 2 cheeses, a pate and a tapenade to complement the wines. Very relaxed, nice staff, good value. Wines are terrific - Pinot Noir is the focus and the Pinot Noir Flight is highly recommened. Enjoyed the Anindor Vineyard Pinot Noir as well as their club wine from Dutton Campbell Ranch.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of Winery Advisor LLC.

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