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Harvest Wine Celebration Coming Labor Day Weekend

31st Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration will showcase area's wine, food, art and music.

Here's information provided by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association:

The 2012 Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration marks the 31st year that people have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines in one of California’s oldest wine regions.

Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 between noon and 5 p.m., area wineries will offer Livermore Valley’s best wine, food, art and music to ticket holders. Bus transportation between wineries will be available on Sunday only.

Sunday, September 2: Twenty-nine wineries will host festivities at their tasting rooms across Livermore Valley, and 12 more wineries will be pouring at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road.

All locations will offer wine tasting, food vendors, local artisans and festive music. Celebration guests are invited to ride complimentary shuttle buses between the wineries. The buses will travel on three different routes, each serving six to eleven wineries. Free parking will be available at Robertson Park in Livermore, where guests can board buses and transfer between routes during the day. Bus stops may be as far as 300 feet from winery locations, so guests riding buses must be prepared to walk up driveways. Wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands and no outside food is allowed.

Monday, September 3: 38 Livermore Valley wineries will present a more intimate affair, as they offer unique experiences to Harvest Wine Celebration guests at their tasting rooms.

  • Examples of Monday-only special events include:
  • Bottle your own wine at Cedar Mountain Winery, el Sol Winery and Eckert Estate Winery.
  • Big White House & John Evan Cellars: Aroma bar and sensory education —discover the aromas of different wine varietals.
  • el Sol Winery: Beekeeping demonstrations.
  • Mitchell Katz Winery: Barrel tasting for a nominal fee.

Jill Denton, local artist and creator of the painting, “Sarafina,” featured on 2012 Harvest Wine Celebration posters and program, will display more of her artwork and greet festival guests at Concannon Vineyard on Sunday.

Food at all winery locations will be locally prepared and moderately priced (under $8). Admission price includes a commemorative Livermore Valley wine glass, tastings of at least two wine varietals from each participating winery, official event program and exclusive discounts on wine purchases.

All 2012 Harvest Wine Celebration tickets are good for admission both days—there are no single day tickets. Tickets are $55 each when purchased in advance, $65 at the event. Designated driver tickets are $10 and are also valid both days. New for 2012, the bulk ticket package includes 10 tickets for $495 (10 percent savings per ticket).

Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company and the Winemaker’s PourHouse in Livermore and at Bay Area Safeway stores. Ticket “will call” arrangements vary by purchase method.

Please visit www.LVwine.org for details.

The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. For more information, please visit www.LVwine.org or call 925-447-WINE.

Wineries hosting Harvest Wine Celebration festivities at their tasting room locations:

  • Bent Creek Winery
  • Big White House
  • Cedar Mountain Winery
  • Charles R Vineyards
  • Concannon Vineyard
  • Crooked Vine Winery
  • Cuda Ridge Wines
  • Darcie Kent Vineyards
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyard (available by car and limo only—not on shuttle route)
  • Eckert Estate Winery
  • Fenestra Winery
  • Garre' Vineyard & Winery
  • John Evan Cellars
  • La Rochelle Winery
  • Las Positas Vineyards
  • Longevity Wines
  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery (available by car only—not on shuttle route)
  • Mitchell Katz Winery
  • Nottingham Cellars
  • Occasio Winery
  • Retzlaff Estate Winery
  • Rios-Lovell Estate Winery
  • The Singing Winemaker
  • The Steven Kent Winery
  • Stony Ridge Winery
  • Támas Estates
  • Wente Vineyards Estate Winery
  • White Crane Winery
  • Wood Family Vineyards

Wineries pouring at Concannon Vineyard on Sunday ONLY:

  • Auburn James (closed Monday)
  • Bodegas Aguirre Winery
  • Darcie Kent Vineyards
  • En Garde
  • Page Mill Winery
  • Rodrigue Molyneaux
  • Thomas Coyne Winery (closed Monday)

Wineries pouring at Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road on Sunday ONLY:

  • el Sol Winery
  • Elliston Vineyards
  • Les Chênes Estate Vineyards
  • Little Valley Winery
  • Murrieta’s Well
  • Támas Estates Westover Vineyards & Winery

About Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association is a 501(c)6 organization that supports the wineries, growers, and affiliate members in the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area through educational and marketing programs. For more information, please visit www.LVwine.org.

Grayman August 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM
use to be good value at $35 but over the last few years and the increases to $65 not so much, rather take my $130 (two people) and buy a few bottles of wine!!
Darwinian Justice August 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
$65 to be surrounded by a bunch of drunks who can't hold their liquor? No thanks. The value of the experience was iffy at 35.
Jim Chu August 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Having talked to several winery owners, I can tell you that even the wineries are not happy about the price increase. I'm with Grayman - I'll take my $110 (cost of 2 pre-order tickets) and buy a couple of lobsters, some steaks, a few bottles of Livermore Valley chard and zin, and have a BBQ while the rest of the winos are being jostled in the crowds and getting upset because they spent $55-65 for it.
Cmilos August 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Rip off! I think 25$ is reasonable.
TracyResident September 04, 2012 at 01:16 PM
We usually go each year and really look forward to it. This year we went on Monday and were very disappointed. We were so suprised that they no longer offered one day tickets for Mondays, and it certainly wasn't worth $65. As a result, we only did wine tasting at wineries. Many of our favorites were closed (Thomas Coyne for example). I felt bad because there was no incentive to try as many wineries. No music or food at several venues. We have talked this up to friends for so long, took them with us this year, and were embarrassed that it was nothing like we said it would be. We miss they way they used to run it. If it is like this in the future, I am sure we won't be back. And no, we aren't the "winos" who want to get drunk. We wanted to really experience the harvest festival experience that we have enjoyed in years past.

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