Why You Should Go to Livermore Valley for Wine Tasting

Why You Should Go to Livermore Valley for Wine Tasting

The Location

Situated 35 miles from San Francisco, Livermore Valley is not as far of a drive from some other parts of California’s Wine Country. Especially for those traveling from outside of California, the area’s close proximity to San Francisco and its airport makes it a more convenient destination. It is also not as touristy as some other areas which provides a more personal experience. Its location also creates an optimal environment for the highest quality grapes. The influence on the climate from the San Francisco Bay, the rich and well-drained soils and the elevation create the perfect combination for great grapes.


Livermore Valley offers a vibrant downtown atmosphere to accompany your wine tasting trip as well as beautiful hotels to complete your stay. The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and Spa will help guide you through your trip and give you a peaceful place to rest when you aren’t out wine tasting. Guests can walk through the hotel’s rose garden, book a massage and enjoy meals prepared by their chefs. Their free vacation guide has a comprehensive list of everything going on in Livermore Valley and allows you to customize the list to fit your experience. Having a guide helps take the stress out of the planning process, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your trip.

The Wines

With over 50 wineries, there is no shortage of wine in Livermore Valley. There are two storied wineries with the majority of the wineries being smaller, boutique wineries. Again, this provides a more personal and intimate wine tasting experience. This also increases your chances of visiting with the winemaker and also the opportunity to sample wines that are not widely available in other parts of California’s Wine Country. This year, 36 of Livermore Valley wineries were medal winners in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was started in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition before gaining sponsorship from the chronicle in 2000.  It is now known as being the largest competition for American wines in the world.

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