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Murrieta’s Well

3005 Mines Road
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 456-2392

Tasting:   Open Wednesday through Sunday 11 to 4pm
Tasting fee $5
10% discount on 6 bottles, 15% on case purchase
  Tours by Appointment
  Historic artesian well
Price Range:   $18 to $35 per bottle
Established:   1990
Vineyards:   92 acres
  5000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Murrieta’s Well Description

During the California Gold Rush, an infamous vaquero named Joaquin Murrieta roamed the gold fields as the “Robin Hood of the El Dorado.” It is said that he often stopped to water his horses at the artesian well that now marks the entrance to this historic winery.

In the 1880s, Louis Mel arrived with cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from the famous estate of Chateau d’Yquem and red Bordeaux cuttings from Margaux. In the 1930s the winery was sold to Ernest Wente, and in 1990 it was passed on to Ernest’s grandson, Philip Wente, who brought it back to life and named it after its notorious historic visitor. With Sergio Traverso, the chief winemaker at nearby Concannon, the winery creates "old-world" style blends. These include its flagship Meritage White as well as red wines, including an old-vine Zinfandel, a classic Bordeaux blend, and their Zauzuela, a Tempranillo-based Rioja-style wine. Also produced is a Semillon Chardonnay blend.

Murrieta’s Well is back off of Mines Road. You cross two bridges as you drive among the sycamore trees to the rock-walled fountain that is the historic artesian well. The winery is built into the hillside and backed up against their vineyard. The secluded property is landscaped with roses, lavender and rosemary. The downstairs portion of the 100-year-old structure is their barrel room and event space. Upstairs is the spacious and lively tasting room, with an outside deck and a balcony overlooking the oak-studded valley. The hardwood floors, leather couches, and heavy-beamed ceilings give a warm rustic feel to the place. There is a separate wine library to explore, and numerous nooks and crannies with historic displays and winery art.

Murrieta’s Well Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Murrieta’s Well Reviews

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Owned by Wente
gentlemanjack45, Philadelphia
Beautiful place, friendly people but not overly knowledgeable. Wine are good but over priced with all the Livermore has to offer does not make the cut.

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Ohio Oenophile
I have family in Livermore, and visit 2-3 times yearly. This is hands down my favorite Livermore winery. Their reds are fantastic -- none better in Livermore. The tasting room is situated beautifully against the vinyard hillside, and has a comfy sofa area puls a little sweet balcony overlooking the vinyard proper. The staff has always been inviting and knowledgeable every time I have visited. The Meritage & Zarzuela blends are fantastic, as are their Mourvedre, Cab Franc, & Merlot (and I don't prefer Merlot generally). Their Silver Spur Wine Club is an excellent deal, and gives exclusive access to their Tesoros line of wines. Oh, and pick up a jar of the Sweet Hot Beer mustard while you are there!

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Beautiful Stop
Wino, San Francisco
Beautiful place with history, fine wine and a gracious staff. We loved this place. We had a Bordeaux blend that we thought was the best wine we had the whole day of tasting. The other reds as well as the Sauvignon Blanc were also memorable.

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

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