Vineyards and accompanying wineries are the trademarks of Livermore Valley. From strolling around the rolling hills to cozying up by a firepit on an outdoor patio enjoying a glass fo your favorite blend, you can’t go wrong with a trip to a winery. In our area, your options are endless. Some are family-run businesses that have been fermenting wine for generations, while others are up-are-coming and arguably, just as amazing! Wood Family Vineyards is somewhere in the middle. Discover more favorite local wineries and haunts with the help of our complimentary Vacation Guide!
Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Wood Family Vineyards
How it All Got Started
It all started with a pregnant pilot. At that time, now winemaker Rhonda Woods worked for an airline whose policy was that pregnant employees begin their leave as soon as they knew of their pregnancy. This started a nine-month hiatus from work for Woods. When she wasn’t down and out from pregnancy, she was exploring various hobbies with her newfound free time.
After experimenting with homemade brewing techniques, the natural order seemed to demand winemaking as the couple’s next endeavor. The Woods started small and planted 18 vines on their property. Eventually, they moved their vines to a plot of land in Livermore Valley in 1995 after attending the Harvest Wine Celebration. The pair have been tending to the vines and growing their business ever since.
Wood Family Vineyard’s Trophy Case
Since their backyard start in the mid-1990s, Wood Family Vineyards has grown in size, scale, and recognition. The Wood Family’s blends have won numerous awards over the years from local and national prestigious competitions. They’ve even earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast for the Chardonnay “Para Mas Amigas.” This blend has won many awards over the years, the most recent in 2019.
The Best Time To Visit
The Wood Family Vineyard tasting room is open weekly Wednesday through Sunday with live music Wednesday through Friday. Be sure to check their hours of operation before visiting, or use the contact form to schedule a tasting. You can also taste Wood Family’s blends at various restaurants and bars across Livermore, specifically at Blacksmith Square.
Bring a Bottle Back to the Purple Orchid
After an afternoon at Wood Family Vineyards, retreat to your guest room at the Purple Orchid. Our Olive Hills – King Room boasts views of our on-site olive orchard as well as a king-size bed, private bathroom, and access to all of our premier amenities. Don’t forget to visit our world-class spa during your stay!