California: Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards

wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaYou know that moment when you visit somewhere so beautiful you just need to take as many pictures as possible to remember the scene? I recently had the awesome opportunity to visit Wente Vineyards in Livermore Valley, right outside of San Francisco.  I was excited for the day, but it more than exceeded any expectations.  The weather, the scenery, the hospitality, the food, the WINE; it was all fantastic.  And like I said, I couldn’t stop taking pictures.  So bear with me as I attempt to give our day at Wente even a smidgen of justice!

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The day started at Wente Vineyards out in their fabulous tasting room, where we had the honor of trying many of Wente’s best wines.

We also got to sample some of their Entwine brand (which is in partnership with Food Network, SUPER delish!) I immediately loved their approachable style; amazing wines at an affordable price point; and I knew I was in the right spot.  I may or may not have ordered a case of my favorites to be delivered to our house.  SHHH…don’t tell Pat! :)

barrels of wine at wente vineyards, livermore valley california wente vineyards wine barrels, livermore valley california wine tasting at wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaAfter the initial tasting we got to tour the storage rooms and caves of Wente Vineyards! (with a glass of wine in tow of course!).  YOU GUYS, the caves.  SO COOL.  Wente can host everything from rehearsal dinners to wine and cheese tastings in their 3 connected caverns. Wine and cheese tastings in the caves start at $30 a person for groups of 10. So, what 10 friends want to head out there with me ASAP?? (I’m serious…)

touring the grounds of Wente Vineyards

The next part of the day was pure magic. Wente Vineyards has the most amazing garden, managed by master gardener Diane Dovholuk.

She gave us a tour of her garden, that she created from scratch, and it was just so inspiring. The garden provides about 50% of the produce needed by the on-site restaurant. The garden is just so lovely, and Diane is a treasure. Learning from her felt like a dream, I just wanted to soak it all in. The vineyard offers coordinated tours of the garden on special occasions, and if you have the chance to attend, GO. You will not regret seeing such a gorgeous site and learning from such a gorgeous person!

master gardener at Wente Vineyards wente vineyards, livermore valley california wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaSee what I mean? ALL THE BEAUTY.

flowers at wente vineyards, livermore valley california green beans from the garden at wente vineyards, livermore valley california woman holding a honey bee at wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaSeeing the garden made me VERY excited for dinner, and of course it was just as amazing as my imagination had built it up to be. From the Black Truffle Ricotta Dip (!!!) to the Llano Seco Ranch Pork Chop, I was in foodie heaven. We paired dinner with a delicious Merlot from the Entwine brand; just so good.

outdoor seating at wente vineyards, livermore valley california glass of red wine from wente vineyards, livermore valley california dinner served at wente vineyards, livermore valley california Entwine wine from wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaIt was just the BEST day.  THANK YOU Wente Vineyard for hosting us. It was a dream and I hope to be back very very soon. In fact, I may already be planning a trip for June (Pat needs to try out their golf course!). I can’t stay away. You shouldn’t either!

Blogger Becky Hardin and a friend at Wente vineyards, livermore valley californiaI can’t leave my partner in crime out of this post! Anetta from The Wanderlust Kitchen and I drove from LA to San Francisco during our California trip.  Great conversation, amazing music, lots of adventure, and of course all the best food.  I think I’ve found my new travel buddy!

Click HERE for more info on Wente Vineyards, and click HERE for more info on Entwine. Both lines of INCREDIBLE wine can be purchased throughout the country, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting the Livermore Valley! Let me know if you want to go and I’ll for sure meet you there! :)

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Joanie @ ZagLeft
My favorite place in the world is probably the California wine region. It's just beautiful there. My husband and I love the Sonoma region and have just discovered the Paso Robles area. In all of our visits, we've never been to Wente Vineyards, I'll have to put it on our July trip list of places to see.
    Becky Hardin
    We are going back in July also!! I'll check out Paso Robles, we are definitely going to hit up Sonoma!
Love Wente, I live about 30 minutes from it. Your pictures are beautiful!
Definitely a gorgeous place! I love checking out different vineyards (not that we get to do it often where we live!). Love these photos too!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
Simply magnificent photos of a gorgeous location!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
My sister-in-law lives in California and has been to many vineyards. I need to ask her if she has been here, because it looks amazing (and you guys look like you had a lot of fun!) When we finally visit her this should be on our list!
    Becky Hardin
    I hope you love it there Kacey! I'm so jealous you have a family member there. I'm already planning my next trip!
Nora @ Savory Nothings
Going to a vineyard in California is definitely on my bucket list! And the pictures are simply gorgeous!
    Becky Hardin
    Thank you so much Nora! You need to get out there! This was my first time going and I'm already planning my next trip!!!
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Wow you took such gorgeous photos! This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to visit!
I am googling "how many hours is it from Illinois to California" :) Your photos are gorgeous, definitely makes me want to go!
    Becky Hardin
    Oh my gosh I know. I'm already planning my next trip. St. Louis is far away but totally worth it!! I'm coming to Chicago for Eat Write Retreat in June, any chance you'll be there? Would love to meet you!
Andi @ The Weary Chef
Oh, I wish I had known you were going to be up here so we could have gotten together!! Next time! Wente Vineyards looks absolutely gorgeous. I need to plan a trip over there ASAP. Gorgeous post, Becky!
    Becky Hardin
    That would have been so fun!!! Are you close to San Fran (or in San Fran?) I absolutely loved it there.
Tamara Andersen
Hi Becky! Visiting wineries is a favorite pastime for my husband me. We are CA natives, and have been to many of them, but never this one. We have to add it to the list! It is just lovely, and your photos are stunning!
    Becky Hardin
    I'm so jealous of you California natives!! I hope you get out to Wente soon, it's beautiful!
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