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Wente Vineyards Estate Winery

Livermore, CA

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  • Private Tasting Experience $25.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 16

    Daily

    During your private tasting you will learn about five generations of Wente Family history as you sample 5 of our most recent wine selections. Take in our historic barrel room for this private experience. Available for parties of 8 or less. Approximately 45 Minutes.

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  • Private Tasting Experience $25.00/ppGROUP SIZE 10 - 30

    Daily

    During your private tasting you will learn about five generations of Wente Family history as you sample five of our most recent wine selections. Enjoy our historic barrel room with this private experience. Available for groups of 10 or more. Approximately 45 Minutes.

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  • Black Glass Blind Tasting $45.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 20

    Wed | Thu | Sat | Sun

    Are you looking for a certain challenge when it comes to your next wine tasting adventure? Then this is the class for you. This blind tasting is unlike any other you’ve experienced – it will test your senses instead of your sight. In this tasting, you’ll try to determine a wine’s color without seeing it – what can your nose and mouth reveal to you that your eyes don’t? If you can’t see the color, how difficult will it be to identify if the wine is red or white? Guests must be 21 and over. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Cabana Experience ComplimentaryGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Daily

    Indulge in one of our premier cabanas on the Wente patio. They seat 8 and include 2 bottles of wine, your choice (some exclusions apply). Live music most Saturday's & Sunday's. $300 flat rate for the day, pricing not valid on special event days, please call for inquires. Approximately 6 Hours.

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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

  • Blind Tasting
  • General Tasting
  • Private Tasting
  • Special Event
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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Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Swetha B. Member Since 8/10/2019My BFF
Black Glass Blind Tasting on 8/11/19 11:00 AM

Cindy was lovely. We are amateurs to wine tasting and she was very sweet.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Edman R. Member Since 6/21/2019My Boss
Private Tasting Experience on 6/22/19 11:30 AM

Everyone of my family members enjoyed Wente winery from the time we walk in Estate Winery All the way till end of the day.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Young C. Member Since 6/7/2019My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 6/20/19 11:30 AM

Our host was amazing... He was very knowledgeable and very accommodating.. Overall very amazing experience!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
James w. Member Since 5/17/2019My Parents
Private Tasting Experience on 6/15/19 11:30 AM

The grounds at Wente are wonderful. All of the staff from the time we stepped on the grounds were amazing. We had a private tasting in the barrel room which was greatly enjoyed by all. Our group ranged from first time tasters to vinophiles, and our host was able to patiently explain and answer all questions at various levels of technical detail. The wines were wonderful, and this was great!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas F. Member Since 4/20/2018My BFF
Black Glass Blind Tasting on 6/09/19 11:00 AM

Sandy was so knowledgeable and such fun. Great experience. Learned so much. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Indie & Chris F. Member Since 4/14/2017My BFF
Cabana Experience on 6/08/19 11:00 AM

We rented a cabana at Wente on Tesla Rd. It was so nice! Enjoyed the music, wine and fabulous staff!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Regina G. Member Since 5/14/2019My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 5/18/19 12:30 PM

I completely forgot who the person was who did our tasting but she was great! We really enjoyed our nice private tasting in the barrel room!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kim P. Member Since 2/7/2019My BFF
Black Glass Blind Tasting on 5/11/19 3:00 PM

Shorter than expected. Great experience but not very engaging.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jean D. Member Since 4/15/2019My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 4/21/19 11:30 AM

We were greeted so graciously by our host Dennis. We learned about the history of the Wente Winery and then began our tour while tasting some wonderful Niki rose. We learned more about wine production on this tour than any other we have been on. My husband who is an engineer loved learning about so much of the science behind the great wines. Dennis was engaging and incredibly knowledgeable.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dave S. Member Since 11/7/2014My Parents
Private Tasting Experience on 4/13/19 12:30 PM

We were met in the parking lot by our host who walked us to the barrel room. We had a tasting for 8 and were given 5 different wines to taste. Our host was fantastic! He explained each wine and gave us ideas what to pair each one with. All of our questions were answered and the would highly recommend this type of tour!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kavan A. Member Since 12/24/2015My Frenemy
Private Tasting Experience on 2/23/19 12:30 PM

We did a large group, private tasting. The grounds are quite nice and very lively on a nice day. The wines are tasty and doing the tasting in the barrel room add a nice touch. I would want to go back again to do more tasting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Evonne R. Member Since 12/1/2016My Frenemy
Duetto Premier on 2/16/19 12:00 PM

It started off bad. I went to the right place but was sent to the other Wente which took me a while to get to. Once I arrived the staff was not very apologetic. I walked in and was not impressed. The place was so-so. The food was not very good. The Cab was very good. Most of the employees were enjoying themselves. I did happen to run into two staff members that were very nice. Overpriced.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 1/5
Kathleen & Asa S. Member Since 7/29/2017My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 2/17/19 12:00 PM

Dennis was great, we had a great experience, would recommend it to everyone. Thanks, Dennis!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John W. Member Since 11/10/2018My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 11/30/18 1:30 PM

Tim Jessen is the best! He was extremely hospitable, knowledgeable and very easy to talk with!! Everyone had an outstanding time and they all want to go back. Tim made a great impression for Wente and everyone really enjoyed the wine

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Janice & David B. Member Since 4/3/2016My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 11/25/18 1:30 PM

When we arrived the previous group was still lingering and was quite loud I had to ask them to hold it down which is something the Vineyards employee should have done after the crowd left we had an awesome experience. Grady was our host and he really was knowledgeable he shared the knowledge with our group. He was accommodating he had fun stories to tell we laughed enjoyed and purchased wine

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mel L. Member Since 11/10/2018My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 11/12/18 12:30 PM

We have really enjoyed the Wente Cabernet that we purchase in our local wine store so were super excited about visiting the Wente Tasting Room. A sample was poured of the Cab we are used to and then more samples were poured of their other reds. All were delicious and we now have Wente for special occasions. The tasting would have been better if we could have sat. Standing was tiring.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Linda D. Member Since 10/15/2014My BFF
Private Tasting Experience on 11/10/18 12:30 PM

It was a lovely experience that we all enjoyed. Everyone was great and very helpful. We will visit again.

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

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