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Bodegas Aguirre Winery & Vineyard
Livermore Valley Winery and Tasting Room
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
The 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.
Aguirre 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.
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