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About Wente Vineyards Estate Winery

Founded in 1883, Wente is the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery visit us for wine tastings & winery tours. Enjoy small lot & handcrafted wines by 5th Generation winemaker Karl Wente!

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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 fine wines. Located just East of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized 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. In addition, the Winemakers Studio is located on the Estate property tasting unique blends and providing fun educational experiences, like blending and food pairing.

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. 2018 marks the 135th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California and the Wente clone is the most widely planted in California.

For more availability and same-day reservations call (925) 456-2305.

Notable Features

  • Art on Display
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Historic Building
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
  • Weddings
Experiences

  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Private Tasting
  • Special Event
  • Tour and Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Counoise
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Port Wine
  • Riesling
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
joyce m. Member Since 6/5/2017My BFF
Barrel Room Experience- Group on 9/16/18 1:30 PM

We made a last minute reservation for our 9th Degree annual tasting with wine and cheese. We were told we needed two weeks notice. However Wente could accommodate us with a private tasting at the Tesla property. It was delightful. Showing out of town guests our favorite winery in the barrel room was so pleasant. And our hostess was incredible, so accommodating.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Libby W. Member Since 7/1/2018My BFF
Wente Estate Tour on 8/11/18 11:30 AM

Grady was an amazing tour guy. My girl friends and I had such a great time learning about the wine, classes offered and of course drinking the way.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
anne t. Member Since 6/30/2015My Frenemy
Wente Estate Tour on 8/01/18 11:30 AM

The only wine we got to taste was white. Would have prefer a variety.. The tour supposed to be estate but it was mostly tasting at the wine club room.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Marko K. Member Since 7/2/2018My BFF
Wente Estate Tour on 8/04/18 11:30 AM

Very nice experience of making wine, the ins and outs of a Winery and the tasting of the products

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kera T. Member Since 7/26/2018My Ex
Private Tasting Experience on 7/30/18 1:30 PM

VERY disappointing compared to other wineries and tastings. We were there for a group tasting for about 12 people - a work team event. Nancy was our contact and did the tasting for us. She was polite and seemed very sweet but not cut out for being a face for your org. No education on wine, couldn't hear her, asked to repeat herself we still couldn't hear, service was slow. Not what we wanted!

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Safa R. Member Since 7/19/2018My Boss
Private Tasting Experience on 7/22/18 2:30 PM

Edward was an excellent tour guide! He was incredibly knowledgeable and funny. I would love to have him again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Doni O. Member Since 6/22/2018Evil Stepmother
Private Tasting Experience on 7/08/18 12:30 PM

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Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kristi W. Member Since 6/26/2018My BFF
Wente Estate Tour on 6/28/18 11:30 AM

Amazing venue, fantastic staff and tour guide, and incredible wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Diane Z. Member Since 5/21/2018My BFF
Wente Estate Tour on 6/22/18 11:30 AM

We were late and stressed. When we called from 580 to let them know we'd be delayed due to traffic, their only comment was "just drive safely." When we arrived, we were welcomed warmly and delivered into the capable hands of Grady. A couple of winemakers were in our party, yet we all learned a ton from Grady, and tasted terrific wines while doing do. We hated to leave!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Julianna C. Member Since 6/2/2018My BFF
Wente Estate Tour on 6/09/18 11:30 AM

To sum it up.......Best wine tour I have ever been on! Very intimate, with some of the best wine you can get outside (or even in) Napa! The staff was very knowledgeable.....I learned a lot about wine in a very short period of time. Highly recommended!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa F. Member Since 3/5/2018My BFF
Barrel Room Experience on 5/13/18 12:30 PM

Great experience and we loved the intimate setting. Since it was Mother's day, I would have liked to see the photo wall changed out from Cinco de Mayo theme to big flowers or a Happy Mother's day sign and decor. Small details matter! Overall, it was a wonderful day!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicholas N. Member Since 5/8/2018My BFF
Barrel Room Experience- Group on 5/12/18 1:30 PM

What a great experience! We were catered to a private tasting from a host that focused only with our group. We were greeted at the gate, walked to their barrel room and enjoyed some really great wine. I highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Elizabeth M. Member Since 4/26/2018My BFF
Barrel Room Experience on 4/30/18 3:30 PM

Great visit!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Blanca G. Member Since 1/10/2018My Frenemy
Barrel Room Experience on 4/21/18 11:30 AM

Dennis was amazing! Such a great experience, he was knowledgeable and friendly. Made the tasting even better!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jose P. Member Since 2/7/2018My BFF
Barrel Room Experience- Group on 4/21/18 12:30 PM

Karen was amazing! She was full of information, knew the history of the Wente Family, was very knowledgeable about wine and what to pair the wine with, and she had a great sense of humor. All of my guests raved about Karen.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jere F. Member Since 7/7/2017My BFF
Barrel Room Experience on 3/11/18 1:30 PM

Great time had by all. Recommend this experience.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
T.S. K. Member Since 2/14/2018My Parents
Barrel Room Experience on 2/16/18 12:30 PM

Wente is awesome. The location, the weather, the whole environment is exceptional! Hard not to fall in love with all of it! Wine tasting room was “meh”. Murietta’s Well, owned by Wente, was far more elegant. The hosts at Wente were “exceptional”!! Fun, high energy, informed and a lot of fun! Suggestion: have lunch at Wente and go for the Wine Tasting afterwards! Wente rocks!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Juli Y. Member Since 11/11/2017My BFF
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 12/16/17 12:30 PM

Great experience! Our host was super accommodating for our large group (28). We had an awesome time! Could have stayed for hours.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jasenka E. Member Since 11/8/2017Evil Stepmother
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 11/18/17 3:30 PM

Service - poor Wine - very good

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
hanna r. Member Since 10/25/2017My BFF
Private Tasting on 11/05/17 12:30 PM

nice wine

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrea M. Member Since 8/28/2015My BFF
Private Tasting on 10/13/17 1:30 PM

We had the pleasure of getting Roger for our tour/tasting and he did an absolutely phenominal job!! The wine was delicious and we stayed for a game of bocce on the lawn.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Malcolm H. Member Since 8/5/2017My Ex
Harvest Tour on 10/14/17 11:30 AM

We were very disappointed in this event. The "tour" was carried out by a tour guide (nice enough man) that was impossible to hear unless one was directly in front of him plus he talked about totally unrelated information....when he could be heard. We were taken to the small lot production grape stripping area and from there to the corner of the parking lot where we could see grape vines.........amazing! From there we went to a barrel room and then to the large barrel/tasting room. The tasting was disorganized and was nothing we could not have, using our wine club member privileges and in more comfortable surroundings. Please remind me what we paid $25 each for? Our third visit to Wente and we were underwhelmed.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Emmalyn B. Member Since 10/10/2017My Boss
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 10/14/17 1:30 PM

They are so hospitable and knowledgeable. We had such a great experience. Maybe a little more variety and faster turnaround time on the food truck would be nice.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ethan V. Member Since 9/26/2017My Frenemy
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 10/07/17 11:30 AM

Paid $25 per person to do private wine tasting, which basically is a table away from the general tasting group ... in the same room, standing up. BTW cellar pass did not indicate this fee when i placed my reservation. Bought close to $300 worth of wine and didn't get the fee waived like other places. Don't bother doing the private wine tasting ... walk in , it might be cheaper.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Louis L. Member Since 7/22/2016My BFF
Harvest Tour on 10/07/17 2:30 PM

Very informative event. Matt was very friendly and welcoming, and very knowledgeable of the entire process. A worthwhile experience that I would recommend to others.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Lawrence W. Member Since 9/29/2017My Boss
Harvest Tour on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

Very informative and inspiring!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John B. Member Since 5/22/2017My BFF
Harvest Tour on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

I took the Harvest Tour and found it very informative and enjoyable. Spent time learning more about the actual grapes and followed the winemaking process to finish with enjoying some fine Wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Fredrick T. Member Since 9/29/2017My Parents
Harvest Tour on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

Vineyard Harvest Tour

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol & Al B. Member Since 9/11/2017My BFF
Harvest Tour on 9/23/17 2:30 PM

The Harvest Tour is a must for any wine lover. You get a glimpse of the inner workings of a winery. The guide explains the different kinds of grapes, you get to sample them right off the vine, and he goes into detail on the science behind winemaking. A very interesting and informative tour. It ends with a delightful tasting of several wines. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rian M. Member Since 9/15/2017My Boss
Harvest Tour on 9/16/17 2:30 PM

Wente Estates is a beautiful winery. You're welcomed in with a tasting of their latest selection. We took part in the HarvestTour which allowed us to learn a bit about the vineyard, grape selection, and process of making and storing wine. We finished ghee tour with tasting the latest selections. Overall a very fun time at Wente

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amy D. Member Since 8/30/2017My BFF
Private Tasting on 9/09/17 11:30 AM

Everyone accommodated our needs very well. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Anthony P. Member Since 2/21/2017My BFF
Private Tasting on 8/23/17 1:30 PM

The property is beautiful. Kristina gave an incredible tasting experience making it educational, fun and wishing I could come back everyday! Oh, and the wines are amazing too.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Charles B. Member Since 6/19/2017My BFF
Private Tasting on 6/21/17 3:30 PM

It was great - highly recommend the private wine tasting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy M. Member Since 5/6/2017My BFF
Private Tasting on 5/15/17 3:30 PM

Beautiful grounds. Delicious wines. Seemed surprised by our reservations...very few guests visiting.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
monica c. Member Since 3/8/2017My Boss
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 3/12/17 12:30 PM

I absolute love this winery especially Kevin! He was able to catch everyone's attention and had a great attitude. I will for sure be returning to Wente Winery and I'm recommending it to everyone I know &' I'll for sure be asking for Kevin again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
nicholas h. Member Since 1/9/2017My Ex
Private Tasting on 1/10/17 2:30 PM

it was pretty fun.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jordan W. Member Since 9/4/2016My BFF
Private Tasting on 9/08/16 2:30 PM

Booked a private Tasting, they were busy so it took slightly longer than anticipated for them to start the tasting, but other than that, everything was phenomenal. John was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and the wines were delicious! Had a great time, and would highly recommend to others

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cynthia L. Member Since 4/11/2016My BFF
Private Tour & Tasting Experience- Group on 7/15/16 3:30 PM

Overall experience was excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica J. Member Since 3/24/2016My BFF
Private Tour and Tasting on 5/21/16 1:30 PM

The Wente Vinyard was amazing. We did a private tour for 4 of us with Bob. The information was great and Bob was great as well with his knowledge of the Vinyard and his silly jokes. The price was also very reasonable compared to other vineyards. We will definitely come back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carrie C. Member Since 5/18/2016My BFF
Private Tour and Tasting on 5/19/16 2:30 PM

The Wente tour was excellent and the facility is large and expansive. There is lots to see. The wines were all delish and we bought several bottles. Thanks to Joe our guide!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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