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Wente Vineyards Visitor Center, Restaurant & Golf

5050 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 456-2400

Tasting:   Open Daily 11 to6:30 pm
Tasting fee is $1 to $8 per four wine flight
10% case discount
  Scheduled Tours
Cave tours are $3 per person and available at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, & 4:30 daily
  Restaurant, concert venue & 18 hole golf course
Price Range:   $9 to $25 per bottle
Established:   1881
Vineyards:   3000 acres
  350,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Wente Vineyards Visitor Center, Restaurant & Golf Description

Throughout five generations, the Wente family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking and has been a leader in California’s wine industry. The family operations have grown to include three historic wineries, over 3,000 acres of vineyards, an award-winning restaurant, a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, a conference center for corporate events and weddings, and an outstanding line of entertainers at their Summer Concert Series.

Arroyo Road is the site of the original Cresta Blanca Winery, dating back to 1882. (Cresta Blanca’s history includes the earthshaking 1889 medal win in the prestigious Paris Exposition.) In 1981, the Wente family purchased the
long-abandoned winery site and, building by building, the winery began to regain its elegance. New white stucco walls with red tile roofs were surrounded by replanted vineyards at the foot of the hillsides. Next came the restoration of 650 feet of sandstone aging caves. The property today is a lovely old-California style resort with a first-class golf course, restaurant, event center, and tasting room. Wine production now takes place at their other facilities.

The tasting room is relatively small in comparison to the extensive event areas, dining rooms, lawns and the restaurant, but it serves its visitors well. The oak tasting counter, stained concrete floors and modest boutique make an attractive place to sample their many wines. They pour their Vineyard Selection series wines, which include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their higher-end Vineyard Reserve wines include Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet. Their Reserve Brut sparkling wine is also available.

The winery also has special lots that are made for their club members and winery visitors. These wines are produced separately, with the fruit hand-sorted, and made in much smaller lots. There are no picnic facilities. 

Wente Vineyards Visitor Center, Restaurant & Golf Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
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Wino, San Francisco
How can you not like this place? History, wonderful wines, great grounds, patios, lawns, a restaurant, golf course and stately buildings. Wine was enjoyed by our large group and we felt well taken care of.

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I don't even play Golf
Dylan, Ventura
I was in the area for some reason or another and thought it would be nice to see the area, as a lover of wine that meant visiting a vineyard. This was a dramatic place where the focus did not truly seem to be on the wines but on all of the other activities that they offer there. As someone who was only interested in the wine it was a secluded area to be in and I eventually bought a bottle and took a walk around the land. It was a place that I would go back to with my dad, he does play golf.

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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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