Livermore’s wineries have risen to prominence thanks in large part to our pioneering vintners, like Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery. Retzlaff Vineyards follows the tradition of many Livermore wineries: it is family operated, situated on 14 pristine acres in the historic Livermore Valley. (For more on Livermore, download our free area Vacation Guide!)
Planted in 1976 by Robert and Gloria Taylor, Retzlaff Vineyards began producing commercial wines and opened a tasting room in 1983. Retzlaff was one of just five wineries in Livermore at that time. Roberts Taylor’s sons, Noah and Aaron, began their journey in the family business in 1985.
For an authentic taste of some of California’s finest award winning wines, you can’t go wrong with Retzlaff Vineyards.
Retzlaff Vineyards Awards
Beginning in 1989, with its Cabernet, Retzlaff Vineyards wines have regularly received recognition for excellence: from the California State Fair to the Napa Valley Appellation Tasting, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition.
Award-winning Retzlaff wines include the Cabernet, Estate Merlot, Merlot Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and even a Port.
Thanks to acclaimed vineyard manager Jose Hernandez, Retzlaff has been praised for beautifully tended vineyards and healthy, established vines. The grapes are all grown organically, and all wines are bottled on the estate from those on-site grapes.
In addition to the 30-year-old vines, Retzlaff boasts 100-year-old pepper trees. You can relax in their shade, share a picnic, and really drink in your surroundings. Even better, the grounds are family- and pet-friendly.
Tasting Room hours: noon-4:30 daily, closed Wednesdays. Reservations required for groups of eight or more. Group tasting fee applies.
Full Flight: $10.00: The full flight Includes a daily selection of four estate wines and the delicious Port. (The cost of your full flight will be refunded with a wine purchase of $50.00 or more.)
Group Tastings: $15.00: Group tastings include a personalized tasting of five estate wines plus the award-winning Port. (Tasting fee refunded with a wine purchase of $50.00 or more.)
Special Reserve Tasting: $20.00: The special reserve tasting includes a selection of four of Retzlaff’s finest reserve wines. The best of the best! (Reserve tasting fee refunded with a purchase of $100.00 or more.)
Mid Flight: $5.00
Includes any two non-reserve wines.
Single Tastings: $3.00
Single Tastings – Reserve Wines: $5.00
Barrel Tastings: $5.00
A wonderful way to sample the young wines in progress and an opportunity to learn more about Retzlaff’s Futures Program.
All wines are also available by the glass. Price varies. Daily selections available
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Bring a boost to your summer serenity by planning a visit to historic Livermore. Stay with us at The Purple Orchid in the serene surroundings of our olive grove, indulge in spa treatments, and spend time exploring the vineyards and landscapes, both natural and urban, of our beloved Livermore Valley! What’s more, we will give you the inside scoop on the best places to see, eat and explore while you’re here.