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Tenuta Winery

Sandy Sims & Tom Wilmer

Third largest Livermore Valley Winery

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Tenuta Winery in the Livermore ValleyTake the Kalthoff Common turn off of Vallecitos Road, and you’ll drive through an ocean of vineyards with large Tuscan-style homes here and there. Three barrels mark the driveway to Tenuta Winery.
Tenuta Winery tasting roomThere the tasting room is large—a slate floor, tall ceilings, walls of art, a curved bar atop wine barrels, and couches where Butters the cat lies.
Take the tour. You’ll be surprised at the size of this modern winery built into the side of the hill. It’s the third largest in Livermore—after Wente and Concannon.
When Nancy Tenuta plunged into winemaking, she went whole hog, found a woman winemaker to help her get the equipment for a large winemaking facility and to teach her the art of winemaking.
Livermore Valley View from Tenuta WineryNancy, one of a growing number of women winemakers, has a background in finance, which taught her diversification. This is why she went big, offering services to other wineries—custom crushes, barrel storage and vineyard maintenance—and a beautiful setting for events.
Tenuta is the first Livermore winery to offer estate grown Pinot Noir.

Fascinating Fact:

Volunteers are the main work force at Tenuta. They are paid with wine.
Amenities: Wine club, tours, music, barrel tasting, weddings, lessons in winemaking, cooking classes
Founded: 2002
Signature Wines: Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Tasting: Tasting fee $5, $10 for groups of 10 or more. Fee applies to purchase.
Hours: Friday – Sunday 12 – 5
Tenuta Winery
633 Kalthoff Common
Livermore, CA, 94550
925-960-1006 or

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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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