Please note the details of the tour described below may be subject to change. Check with Livermore Wine and Cycle Tours to confirm the details of your tour, should you decide to take one.
Livemore Wine and Cycle Tours runs half-day tours of the Livemore Valley Wine Country. You can either bring your own bicycle, or rent one at Livermore Cyclery. If you rent, they’ll handle the transportation of the bikes to and from they cycle shop.
To kick things off they host a gourmet antipasto lunch at Campo di Bocci in Livermore, right outside of Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. There you will start off your sampling of some great Livermore Valley wines, along with some great food, and possibly a quick game of bocci ball.
We visited two wineries, Deer Ridge and Tenuta Vineyards. The bike ride had some steep grades, and crossed some busy streets, but overall it was non-strenuous. It will be most enjoyable if you are in shape, but it’s not a requirement.
Deer Ridge Vineyards
From Campo di Bocci we took the 3 mile ride to Deer Ridge Vineyards, where we enjoyed some barrel tasting. The owner Carl was our host and provided a very interesting take, including history and information on winemaking.
We sampled the following wines:
2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Somoma Valley, Private Reserve ( we also sampled a single grape version)
2007 Chardonnay, Estate – Unoaked
2003 El Dorado Zinfandel, Private Reserve
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate
2007 Moonstruck ®, Estate – Private Reserve
We received a 15% discount and many people purchased the Moonstruck, which we were told would sell out fast.
The next 3 mile trek took us to Tenuta Vineyards. We started off in the main tasting room and sampled our choice of wines, and then were taken on a short tour of the plant on our way to the barrel tasting room. We passed through a room were another group was custom blending their own wines as a team building exercise. Our entertaining tour guide also mentioned that the winery was being considered for the subject of a reality television show.
We sampled a variety of wines and ended up purchasing futures on an amazing Chardonnay Port. After the tour we sampled a Caberney Port with some cookies, and finally a couple of olive oils with some bread.
Finally we took the 3 mile ride back to our meeting place at Campo di Bocci, or tour was finished. Overall an enjoyable half-day introduction the Livermore Valley Wine County.