Considering a weekday wine tasting day in the Livermore Valley? While weekends are prime time for wine tasting in the Livermore Valley (and pretty much everywhere), weekday wine tasting can be fun too with a more laid-back feel and more personalized service.
Many wineries are closed on weekdays so it’s best to double check before heading out for your wine adventure, but there are still some good options for your weekday winetasting excursions.
Just a couple of notes to add, some of the smaller wineries are open by appointment on non-business days. There are also two wineries in Pleasanton open 7 days a week. They are Rubino Estates Winery and Ruby Hill, both of which are near the Livermore wineries.
To help you plan your day, I’ll break down the wineries that are open Monday through Thursday and suggest a three-winery tour that won’t have you crisscrossing the valley. So here goes:
I’d start off at Darcie Kent Vineyards. It’s good to start at one of the smaller wineries, plus this place has a few more whites than most places in Livermore. The modern purple décor is an unexpected treat in the Livermore Valley and the servers here are knowledgeable and friendly. Oh, and the view is divine!
Next, I’d be off to Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery. This winery, as the name implies, features two wineries. For $10.00, you can surf both wine flights to customize your tasting experience to your liking.
Then, I’d be off to my perennial favorite, Wente, but do yourself a favor, and head out to the Vineyard Tasting Room near the Wente Golf Course. This is a smaller tasting room with a significantly smaller crowd. You’ll receive a more personalized experience than at the estate tasting room. If your pocketbook can handle pricier wines, definitely splurge for the reserve flight. The Small Lot, Nth Degree, and Artist Series wines are all amazing. This is one to check ahead as they often have events here.
I happen to think three wineries are enough for one day, but if you’d like to squeeze in one more here are the other wineries open on Mondays:
Tuesday is a day when most of the wineries are closed, but there are still a few viable options and why not go big? One of the larger wineries is Concannon. This winery has been in Livermore since 1865 and is known for its clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and as having the first Petite Syrah in the US.
Then head off to off at Mitchell Katz Winery. This place has all the rustic charm and some big reds. We are fond of “The Fat Boy” Cabernet Sauvignon and the lightly sparkling white they usually pour at the start of the flight is delicious as well.
Next, stop off at Steven Kent Winery, these are some of the best cabs in the valley according to Wine Enthusiast. Excellent service and the wine flight is available on their website but, you might play it safe and call for a reservation for your tasting.
Also, open on Tuesdays:
Midweek wine tasting and I say “Treat Yourself”. Start your day of at Murietta’s Well. You’ll have an easier time if you make reservations. This is by far the priciest tasting fee in the valley at $25.00, but they do their best to make it a delightful experience. The 2015 Whip was recently lauded in the Wall Street Journal as a good white blend. If you are hungry, you can grab some small plates here as well.
Next try the Winemakers’ Studio, situated in the North/Western corner of the Wente Estate Vineyard, this tasting room features various winemakers from the Wente group and allows them to try their hand winemaking. The Winemaker’s Studio features blending classes, tasting classes and pairings if you plan ahead.
You can also pick up a growler here and have it filled up with their keg system. This would be a unique gift if you were headed off to a dinner party after wine tasting.
Just to make this day even easier, stroll over to the Wente Estate Tasting Room to finish of your wine tasting day and splurge for the Winemaker’s Flight. You won’t be sorry.
Bonus info- the Livermore Valley Winemakers Association has a Wine Wednesday event at rotating wineries through out Livermore. There are usually food trucks and music. Check the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association website for details.
Other wineries open on Wednesday:
You’ll be driving less for this itinerary so be sure and bring some snacks! Tucked away in a light industrial area on Vasco Road a short distance from Tesla Road are three wineries. You’ll have to get past the business park exterior and start off with Nottingham Cellars and their newly renovated tasting room. They specialize in Bordeaux style wines.
Next, shuffle along and next-door you’ll be at Occassio Winery. They work with heritage varietals of the Livermore Valley and only make small lots. The service is always good here. The tasting fee is waved with the purchase of two bottles.
Finally, finish off at Wood Family Vineyards. For us old-timers in the valley, this family-owned winery seemed to only be open once in a blue moon, but now everyone can enjoy their well-crafted wines at their new tasting room. They stay open late on Thursdays too.
To keep the fun going, here is your list of other wineries open on Thursdays:
Hope this helps you plan your weekday wine jaunt. Let me know if I missed a winery, I used the Livermore Valley Winegrowers’ Association website plus some of my own super sleuthing to hone this list. Enjoy!