Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of find wines. Located just East of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognize as one of California's premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, dining, concert performances and championship golf.
The Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room and Vineyard Tasting Room offer you two unique opportunities to experience the winemaking process. Tours of the winery facility allow you to see an insider's view of the Estate Winery's-state- of -the-art equipment in operation, including the Small Lot Winery. Tastings offer an informative glimpse into wine appreciation, as well as a chance to sample Wente Vineyards' award-winning wines. Browse our fully stocked gift shop with gourmet food items and elegant wine accessories. Private educational tastings and special wine discounts for scheduled groups are also available.
In 2010, Wente Vineyards was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today, the Wente clone of Chardonnay is the most widely planted in California. This year, the winery celebrates its 130th anniversary.