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Concannon Vineyard

Sandy Sims & Tom Wilmer

Historic Livermore Valley Winery and Tasting Room

San Francisco Wine Tours

Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours

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Concannon Vineyard in the Livermore ValleyOne of the oldest names in California wines, Concannon’s ancestral family vineyard is listed on the California Register of Historical Landmarks.
A brick gateway, arching metalwork sign, vineyards that go on forever, and the family’s original Victorian home underscore their history.
James Concannon left Ireland for America at age 18 (1865). Encouraged by a San Francisco archbishop to make sacramental wines, he bought in Livermore where the land is similar to Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley.
Concannon Victorian homeHe built a cellar under his home, creating his winery in 1883. He was the first in America to plant Petite Sirah vines (in 1906). Today, Concannon is second in the world producing Petite Sirah. Concannon’s Heritage label, is produced exactly as the Concannons did years ago—with barrel aging up to three years or more, and only produced when they have an exceptional growing year.
The new 43,000-square-foot, solar-powered facility, includes a state of the art tasting room, an event room, a wine bar/deli, a barrel room holding 4,000 barrels in addition to big 50-year-old French oak uprights, called Concannon’s “Petite Sirah Secret Weapon.”
Concannon Vineyards wine tasting roomThough the winery is now corporate-owned by The Wine Group, third-generation Jim Concannon and fourth-generation John Concannon are actively involved.

Fascinating Fact:

Many Napa Cabernet vineyards have been planted with Concannon’s Cabernet Sauvingon clones.
Amenities: Wine club, weekend tours (telephone first), events, weddings
Founded: 1883
Signature Wines: Petite Sirah
Wine Tasting: $5 tasting fee
Hours: Daily 11 – 4:30
Concannon Vineyard
4590 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA, 94550
925-456-2505
info@concannonvineyard.com
www.concannonvineyard.com

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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 Amazon.com.

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