Livermore wine festival back--with some changes


The 28th annual Harvest Wine Celebration will return to Livermore this Labor Day weekend but with some changes, organizers announced.

Taking place Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 from noon and 5 p.m. and produced by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA), this year's event will feature a festival-like atmosphere at Robertson Park, which in past years has been the meeting place to pick up shuttle buses to the wineries.

A total of 21 wineries will be pouring their wines both days at the park, featuring live music, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors. Live bands will perform on two stages at the Harvest Village, including Finding Stella (Sunday noon-2 p.m.), salsa band El Desayuno (Sunday 2:30-5:30 p.m.), Georgie and the Rough Week (Monday noon-4 p.m.) and Lane Coker and the Big Delta Blues Band (Sunday 12-5 p.m. and Monday noon-4 p.m.).

Those who would like to venture out to the wineries for tastings, there will be another 20 wineries pouring at their winery locations across Livermore Valley on both days. Each winery will offer a unique experience including samples of their latest releases, music, arts and crafts vendors and food for sale prepared by a local caterer or restaurant.

Shuttle buses, included in the price of admission, will transport guests between each of these wineries on Sunday only. As in past years, the shuttle bus hub will be Robertson Park,

where there is ample free parking.

More than 20 shuttles will serve three different routes, stopping at their specified wineries along each route. Celebration guests will receive a map outlining the three different shuttle routes, so they can choose which one to take. In addition, two routes will cross so celebrants can transfer and visit another group of wineries, if they choose. All shuttles return to the hub at the end of their route.

The new ticket structure is as follows: $50 for a two-day (Sunday/Monday), $75 on day of event; $45 for a Sunday-only ticket; and $40 for a Monday-only ticket. Non-drinking tickets (required for children over 12) are $10 and are valid for both days.

Tickets are available online at and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and all PW Markets stores. Funds raised from this event benefit the LVWA.

During the Harvest Wine Celebration, the more than 40 participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed into the wineries or at the park. For more information, visit or call 447-WINE. In addition to online, tickets will also be sold at The Wine Steward in downtown Pleasanton.

Wineries pouring wine at the Harvest Village (located at Robertson Park) on both days include:

Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Cedar Mountain Winery

Concannon Vineyard

Cuda Ridge Wines

Deer Ridge Vineyards

Eagle Ridge Winery

Eckert Estate Winery

el Sol Winery

Elliston Vineyards

Fenestra Winery

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards

Little Valley Winery

Longevity Wines

Occasio Winery

Page Mill Winery

Ruby Hill Winery

Ryhan Estate Vineyards

Tenuta Vineyards

Thomas Coyne Winery

Wente Vineyards Estates

Westover Winery/Palomares Vineyards

Wineries pouring at their winery location on both days (shuttle buses will transport guests to these wineries on Sunday only) include:

Chouinard Vineyards

Bent Creek Winery

Big White House

Charles R Vineyards

Crooked Vine Winery/Stony Ridge Winery

Garré Winery and Café

La Rochelle Winery

Livermore Valley Cellars

McGrail Vineyards

Mitchell Katz Winery

Murrieta's Well

Retzlaff Estate Winery

Rodrigue Monyneaux Winery

The Singing Winemaker

The Steven Kent Winery

Tamás Estates

Wente Vineyards TR

White Crane Winery

Wood Family Vineyards

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Posted by William
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Wonder why the festival in the park instead of doing all the tasting at wineries? Seems like it'll be just a big drunk fest without creating any of the memories of Livermore wine country that the event is supposed to do. Nobody brings their wife back a few weeks later to hang out in a park.

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Posted by wine lover
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

William, please let the organizers know. Many of us feel the same way and are willing to give it a try this year but . . . . . you are right, it sounds like a drunkfest in the park with huge crowds.

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Posted by Guest to Livermore
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

promote and Market our local wine region, it's a wonderful place! we can always enjoy the typical wine festvals throughout the year, in and around the bay area, BUT NOT LIKE THIS! this is unique, tour each winery, get to know the intimacy and beauty of each winery, wine makers and wines! The wine association blew it with this one (and more), in my opinion. Promote the region, increase local commerce, not many people know we have almost 50 wineries here.... hmmmmm I wonder why!!!

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Posted by Guest to Livermore
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I failed to mention above, pouring at the park STINKS! Get folks out to the wineries!!!!!!

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Posted by Michael Leonard
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:30 am

I plan to go. I'll probably stop by the park, but then head out to the wineries. I agree it's the winery experience that is memorable. In Livermore Valley you can still meet the wine maker at many smaller places and get to know how they do things.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2009 at 8:56 am drunk drivers!

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Posted by Doug
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Aug 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I think it is a great idea....the busses (just as in the past)will still be conducting the tour, and those of us who wish to have fun, dance, listen to great music, can still enjoy over 20 wineries at the park.
Choice is a good thing...

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