Wente Brothers Estate Winery

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5565 Tesla Road , Livermore, CA 94550

(925) 456-2300

About This Winery

Throughout five generations, the Wente family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking, and has been a leader in California’s wine industry. The family operations have grown to include three historic wineries, over 3,000 acres of vineyards, an award-winning
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Throughout five generations, the Wente family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking, and has been a leader in California’s wine industry. The family operations have grown to include three historic wineries, over 3,000 acres of vineyards, an award-winning restaurant, a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, a conference center for corporate events and weddings, and an outstanding line of entertainers at their Summer Concert Series held at their Arroyo Road facility.

On Tesla Road are their large tasting room complex, estate winery, picnic area, and extensive gift shop. The freestanding octagonal tasting room has two large areas for the visitor to explore. On one side, a tasting kiosk serves up samples of their many wines. There are small tables and benches built into the room, creating the atmosphere of a lively coffee bar. The other side is their retail area, with a great gift shop, deli case, and wine room. Picnic and gourmet foods are available and can be enjoyed either inside or on their large shaded patio. Daily public winery tours begin at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.

They pour their “food-friendly” Vineyard Selection series wines, which include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their higher-end Vineyard Reserve wines include Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet. Their Reserve Brut sparkling wine is also available.

The winery also has special lots that are made for their club members and winery visitors. These wines are produced separately, with the fruit being hand-sorted and made in much smaller lots.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open daily 11 to 4:30 pm
Tasting Fees: tasting fee complimentary to $10
Tours: Scheduled Tours
Price Range: $9 to $25 per bottle
Established: 1881
Vineyards: 3000 acres
Production: 350,000 cases

Amenities

  • Event Space
  • Food Available
  • Gift Shop - Special
  • Picnic Sites
  • Private Tasting
  • Tours - Regularly Scheduled
  • Tours Available

Ambiances

  • Hip & Stylish
  • Historic Features
  • Kid Friendly
  • Resort Like

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir

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I have been to Wente several times and I love there wines. It is colocated with the Tamas tasting room. The tasting room is bright and clean, with great staff, but somewhat commercial. (surprisingly, the Wente tasting room at the Wente Visitor Center is smaller, more personal, and seems friendlier.)
What I really like about Wente (and Tamas) is that I can buy many of their wines in Massachusetts, and since most wineries cannot ship to MA because of our local wine distributor protecting legislature, this is a great benefit. Too bad I cannot get their best wines, which they do not ship.

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Although it was crowded here we enjoyed the stop because the people were very attentive to us. We got our tastes and even sat down at their little tables. We took a great tour through the place and it made the day eventful. They had some good bargains on the wine and we were happy!

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Tasting room was jammed! We could hardly get in for a tasting, and when we did, we had difficulty moving through the tasting, as the staff was overloaded. Liked the wines, especially the blends.

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The Sauvignon Blanc held a unique flavor that I did not expect from such a wine. I came to favor the Merlot and left that afternoon with a few bottles to savor. The vineyard was a pleasant occasion and I loved the ability to tour the winery at the various times offered. Although it did not have the humble homely feeling that I appreciate in a vineyard.

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