Everything You Need to Know About Concannon Vineyard

Northern California is famous for great wine, but one winery, in particular, stands out among the rest. Concannon Vineyard, located in the heart of Livermore, is a registered California historical landmark. If you are searching for rich history, unique wine tastings, and vineyard tours, you will find it all at this incredible winery.

Concannon Vineyard is just one spectacular winery that you will find in Livermore. In fact, Livermore is overflowing with incredible wines, vineyards, tasting rooms, and restaurants. With so many choices, it can be difficult to plan your days in Northern California. Request your complimentary Livermore Vacation Guide to find local recommendations on wineries, unique dining experiences, and more.

What You’ll Find at Concannon Vineyard

A Historic Destination

Founded in 1883,  Concannon Vineyard is a rare winery that survived Prohibition. They did so by making and selling sacramental wine. Today, you will find  Prohibition-era dated bottles in the National Museum of American History. Concannon Vineyard is home to four generations of family wine pioneers. With over 135 years of history in every bottle, this vineyard is a historical destination in and of itself. Ask questions during your visit to Concannon Vineyard, because the stories that you will hear are fascinating!

Spectacular Vines & Clones

Over a century ago, Concannon Vineyard blazed a trail of excellence in Livermore Valley when they imported vines from Chateau Margaux. These special vines yielded the grapes used in their Bordeaux style wines. In 1965, the founder’s grandson, Jim, collaborated with UC Davis to select and treat cuttings from those original Chateau Margaux vines. The results were virus-resistant vines labeled Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11. Today, more than 80% of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon derives from these Concannon clones!

Unique Tasting Experiences

If you are searching for your next favorite wine pairing, a private tour, or a special tasting experience, you will find it at Concannon Vineyards. Enjoy one of Concannon’s most popular tasting experiences at the Library Tasting. You will enjoy a fantastic tasting at the vintage Wine Library of Concannon Vineyard. The Wine Library houses over 3,000 bottles of historic, Concannon wines! Another popular tasting and tour is the Landmark Tour, which features a walking tour of the vineyard estate. Check the Concannon Vineyard website to find the perfect tour for you, and remember to make your reservation online.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploring the historic Concannon Vineyard, plan the perfect relaxing night in at The Purple Orchid Inn. Our elegant and relaxing spa retreat is only a stone’s throw away from the best restaurants, wineries, and vineyards in Livermore Valley. 

Overlooking the pool, gardens and Manzanilla olive orchards, you will find our Olive Hills Room. Enjoy daily breakfast, our wine and olive oil hour, easy access outdoor pool and hot tub access, and more when you book this classic accommodation. We are booking up quickly for the summer, so check our availability today! We can’t wait to host you at The Purple Orchid Inn.

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