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Garré Vineyard and Winery

Sandy Sims & Tom Wilmer

Livermore Valley, California Winery and Tasting Room

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Inside Garrée Vineyard and Winery tasting roomBuildings here are 1920 vintage, clapboard houses, like you might find on a farmer’s small homestead.
The appearance belies the quality of the wines, the gourmet fare in the Garré Café, the bocce dinners, and number of weddings hosted here and at the state-of-the-art Martinelli Center (hacienda-style) on the hill behind the winery.
Garré Vineyard and Winery Bocce court and Tasting room in the Livermore ValleyLooking like a small shack, the tasting room—formerly a chicken coop—is bright, friendly.
Bob Molinaro brings deep Tuscan roots to his winemaking, naming the winery for his Italian grandmother, Rosa “Nonna” Garré. He created wine for years in friend Wayne Re’s garage until he opened Garré in 1997.
Garré is one of few California wineries to produce a classic Bordeaux blend, combining Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. These grapes are grown in the same vineyard and kept together throughout the winemaking process. All of Garré grapes are either estate grown or locally sourced, allowing Garré to control the growing cycle, from irrigation and dropping fruit to deciding when to pick.

Garré Café at the WineryFascinating Fact:

The gigantic Eucalyptus tree next to the tasting room is 150-years-old.
Amenities: Wine club, weddings, bocce dinners, wine pairings, weekly outdoor concerts.
Founded: 1997
Signature Wines: Gina Marie (Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend), Profound Secret (Bordeaux blend)
Wine Tasting: Fri. 12 – 4:30; Weekends 11:30 – 5
Garré Vineyard and Winery
7986 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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