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Bodegas Aguirre Winery & Vineyard

Sandy Sims & Tom Wilmer

Livermore Valley Winery and Tasting Room

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Bodegas Aguirre tasting roomThe driveway along the vineyard passes a ranch style house to a large paved parking lot. Walk back to a small building with a covered deck in front. There, in the tasting room, it’s likely you will find Ricardo or Margarita Aguirre pouring their wines.
The agrarian life of Livermore’s wine country roads, remind Dr. Ricardo of his homeland, El Salvador. While continuing a demanding surgery practice in Pleasanton, Aguirre and Margarita bought some of that country land, eventually planting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In the late 1990s, Aguirre made his first batch of home wine, and in 2002, Aguirre officially became a winemaker. His wines received awards that very first year.
Bodegas Aguirre Winery in Livermore ValleyAguirre prefers French winemaking, with extended maceration times. “With good exposure to new oak,” Aguirre says, “most of our wines have eighteen months to two years in the barrel.” More than 90 percent of their total production is estate grown.
Aguirre’s Petite Sirah is the flagship wine, but he says people buy his Zinfandel Brandy the moment they taste it.

Fascinating Fact:

In Portugal, Spain and South America, the word Bodegas is usually part of a winery’s name. Aguirre says a bodega is a kind of storage place for wine.
Amenities: Wine club, picnic area
Founded: 2002
Signature Wines: Petite Sirah and Zinfandel brandy
Wine Tasting: $5 tasting fee waived with purchase.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4:30
Bodegas Aguirre Winery
8580 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA, 94550

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Sandy Sims, an award winning journalist, newspaper editor, and travel writer, also writes fiction.
Thomas C. Wilmer is an award-winning author and travel writer. His latest book; Wine Seeker's Guide to Livermore Valley is available from

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