Winters in beautiful Livermore Valley are more temperate—the climate is what makes our wines so great. Though we may not have white Christmases, we love to celebrate the holiday season with the fruits of our vineyards. Holidays in the Vineyards is a valley-wide event on December 3 & 4 in which numerous wineries showcase their holiday-decorated tasting rooms for the season, with arts, crafts, holiday music, and of course tastings. (You can find a list of our favorite wineries in our free area vacation guide!)
Here are a few highlights of the Holidays in the Vineyards…
Bent Creek Winery will be open with Ports for the Holidays. For $10 you can experience Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Vintage Port varieties. Plus enjoy discounts of up to 15% on wine purchases. You can peruse the offerings while the sounds of live holiday jazz float through the room. The wares on sale include handmade woodworking, fiber art, ornaments and more.
Eagle Ridge Vineyard is offering a holiday case sale of 2012 Zinfandel & 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 10% discount off all wine purchases will leave a little in your wallet to indulge in artisanal marshmallows. Also on offer will be Kitvchy Klutches, June’s Knits (featuring hand-knit infinity scarves, aprons, and baby items), Daniel’s Horseshoe Crafts, and Knotty Knitter (unique baby and children’s hand-knit wear).
Fenestra Winery is celebrating the holidays in the vineyards with tastings of Conjugation, Infrared and Tourvanillo for $10. This tasting room will also be featuring live music by Mark Waterford. Handpainted ceramics and hand-turned wood crafts are some of the featured artisanal gifts. Chocolate lovers will want to stop by—a chocolatier is also setting up shop here for the event.
Les Chenes Estate Vineyards will be featuring Holiday Magnums, Holiday Three-liter etched bottles in wooden boxes, and lots of wine-themed gifts. At this tasting room, you can also enjoy gourmet cheese and mustard pairings. On Saturday you can enjoy the Holiday Chorus performing. Bonus: the ever-popular Stella & Dot jewelry is also on sale here.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery really gets into the holiday spirit by showcasing homemade stockings among its crafts. Live music, art, barrel furniture, and more make this one of the most wide-ranging gift displays of the event.
Mitchell Katz Winery offers tastings with no fee for this event! You can enjoy one flight of five wines and 25% off a case purchase AND a free bottle of your choice! It’ll really feel like Santa has come to town. Well, actually, he really will: Santa will be on site from noon until 4! The live music and delicious food truck offerings round out this merry gathering.
Las Positas Vineyards will attract any sweet tooth in the area with its holiday celebration—it includes a cheesecake, cupcake, and wine pairing!
Wente Vineyards offers 14% savings on four bottles or more, which is just the beginning of the holiday fun! Live music and pictures with Santa on Sunday will turn this vineyard into a winter wonderland, no snow required.
Loads more vineyards are participating in Holidays at the Vineyards, and you can see a full listing of locations and event features on the Livermore Valley wines website. For more recommendations on things to see and do while you’re in Livermore—including great places to shop and eat—download our free area vacation guide.
And may we suggest treating yourself or a loved one this holiday season with a relaxing spa treatment featuring our grown on-site Handprints Olive Oil? Slip in to unwind from holiday stress, or purchase a gift certificate for a special treat after the holidays are over.