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About Wente Vineyards Estate Winery

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Visit us for wine tastings and winery tours. Enjoy small lot wines, specially handcrafted 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 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.

features Notable Features
  • Art on Display
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Historic Building
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Sustainable
  • Weddings
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Counoise
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Port Wine
  • Riesling
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
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hanna r. Member Since 10/25/2017
Private Tasting on 11/05/17 12:30 PM

nice wine

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Andrea M. Member Since 8/28/2015
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.

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Malcolm H. Member Since 8/5/2017
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.

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Emmalyn B. Member Since 10/10/2017
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.

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Ethan V. Member Since 9/26/2017
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.

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Louis L. Member Since 7/22/2016
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.

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Lawrence W. Member Since 9/29/2017
Harvest Tour on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

Very informative and inspiring!

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John B. Member Since 5/22/2017
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

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Fredrick T. Member Since 9/29/2017
Harvest Tour on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

Vineyard Harvest Tour

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Carol & Al B. Member Since 9/11/2017
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!

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Rian M. Member Since 9/15/2017
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

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Amy D. Member Since 8/30/2017
Private Tasting on 9/09/17 11:30 AM

Everyone accommodated our needs very well. Thank you!

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Anthony P. Member Since 2/21/2017
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.

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Charles B. Member Since 6/19/2017
Private Tasting on 6/21/17 3:30 PM

It was great - highly recommend the private wine tasting

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Nancy M. Member Since 5/6/2017
Private Tasting on 5/15/17 3:30 PM

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

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monica c. Member Since 3/8/2017
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.

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nicholas h. Member Since 1/9/2017
Private Tasting on 1/10/17 2:30 PM

it was pretty fun.

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Jordan W. Member Since 9/4/2016
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

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Cynthia L. Member Since 4/11/2016
Private Tour & Tasting Experience- Group on 7/15/16 3:30 PM

Overall experience was excellent

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Jessica J. Member Since 3/24/2016
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!

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Carrie C. Member Since 5/18/2016
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!

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Meghan S. Member Since 4/13/2016
Private Tour and Tasting on 4/16/16 11:30 AM

Very informative tour, beautiful grounds, and--of course--delicious wine. All-around excellent experience. Can't wait to do it again!

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Jennifer R. Member Since 4/15/2016
Private Tasting on 4/16/16 11:30 AM

I loved the relaxing vibe and the entertainment. Every staff member we encountered were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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Merelan J. Member Since 2/17/2016
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 2/20/16 1:30 PM

My firends. I will say that get 5 starts for accommodation. We had a reservation at "wente winery" your website never specified which we were going to. That being said, the main hostess, *not* a special one, that we were promised through reservations, was amazing, when she had time for us. We didn't get the expected treatment of a large party, because we were never told there were two tasting area

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Casey K. Member Since 2/6/2016
Private Tour and Tasting on 2/13/16 3:30 PM

Our tour guide (Bob) was excellent: well informed, polite, and entertaining. The atmosphere was pleasant, and the grounds are clean and well maintained. The privacy of this tour was great, and the wine included was also delicious. It was busy, but they seemed to handle the crowd well. I can't really think of anything that could be improved. Overall, an excellent experience.

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Mary Elizabeth C. Member Since 1/15/2016
Private Tour and Tasting on 1/16/16 1:30 PM

I visited Wente with 3 girlfriends and we LOVED it! We chose to do the tasting and private tour. Our guide was amazing and truly made our experience very special. The wine is outstanding and we walked away with lots of it! Can't wait to go back.

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Elise K. Member Since 9/17/2015
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 9/20/15 2:30 PM

Made a reservation for 12 and we were placed in the corner of the room at a table for six... The wine and host were great. She was very knowledgeable and accommodating of our tastes! However our reservation said $15 a person and we were charged $20.. I've tried to get this fixed and they are unresponsive! Not cool at all.

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Jacquie C. Member Since 7/25/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 7/29/15 11:30 AM

Simply the best. Beautiful

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Meaghan D. Member Since 5/27/2015
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 5/31/15 2:30 PM

We were warmly welcomed, loved the barrel room tasting experience, and had a lovely time sitting out on the patio with some snacks and some bubbly. It was great! We'll be back for sure.

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Bridget B. Member Since 5/19/2015
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 5/24/15 11:30 AM

Amazing experience, from greeting to close. I have been there 25 time but never in the garden. It was amazing and the wine was excellent. We were blessed to have the caretaker of the garden stop by and give us a brief orientation and some great advise!

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Billye B. Member Since 5/11/2015
Private Tasting on 5/16/15 3:30 PM

Upon our arrival my party was quite pleased with the ambiance of the winery especially the outdoor area. When we entered the tasting room it was busy inside with lots of people but after about a minute we were greeted. I explained we had a reservation and was told to wait for a moment to determine who we were with. The hostess that greeted us ended up being our private taster. Overall great time!

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Christy C. Member Since 5/7/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 5/09/15 2:30 PM

Loved the private tour! A great way to experience the winery and taste excellent wine.

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Coren M. Member Since 3/31/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 4/01/15 4:00 PM

Best Wine Tasting and Tour experience I have. Glad we did this. Matt, our tour guide, was very nice and very engaging.

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Martha W. Member Since 3/12/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 3/13/15 11:30 AM

I went with my sister for a tour and tasting. Since it was a Friday in March, there wasn't any winemaking activity on the tour and we were the only ones, but we got to see the facilities and received an explanation of the wine making process. Barb was our guide and sommelier for the tasting. She was very informative & friendly. The grounds are beautiful. Would definitely go again.

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Anthony H. Member Since 3/6/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 3/08/15 12:30 PM

Excellent, really enjoyed the experience...

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Preston H. Member Since 2/28/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 3/01/15 12:30 PM

Excellent everything. The ravioli was a bit on the "too al dente" side, but amicable none the less

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alicia p. Member Since 1/22/2015
Private Tour and Tasting on 1/25/15 11:30 AM

First, I went to the wrong place because - silly me assumed the tasting would be at the Vineyard. And I had reserved a tour, but I have 0 desire to tour a tasting room. I assumed the tour would be like Napa Valley - the rolling vineyards, etc. Overall I definitely won't be going out of my way to go to again. The seating outside was nice and really the only saving grace.

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Karen Y. Member Since 10/29/2014
Private Tour and Tasting on 11/01/14 12:30 PM

Our tour was amazing and the care they gave us was unbelievable. We had a crazy car thing happen and they totally took care of us and let us enjoy our visit. The woman who gave us our tour as awesome and a lot of fun while telling us about the family and th vineyard

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Michael L. Member Since 10/24/2014
Private Tour and Tasting on 10/29/14 12:30 PM

Absolutely Perfect.

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Beth A. Member Since 10/15/2014
Private Tasting Experience- Group on 10/17/14 3:30 PM

We had a great tour of the facility

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Wente Vineyards Estate Winery
5565 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
Today 11/20 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 11/21 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 11/22 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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