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- March 22, 2013

Concannon Vineyard celebrates Founder's Day starting tomorrow

Weekend event marks winery's 130th anniversary

Concannon Vineyard will celebrate Founder's Day at the winery this weekend to commemorate 130 years of service, making it the country's oldest, continuously operating winery under the same family label and stewardship.

Starting in 1883, the winery has thrived under the guidance and contributions of each generation, beginning when Irish immigrant James Concannon first founded Concannon Vineyard, and planted Bordeaux varietals in the Livermore Valley. Second generation "Captain Joe" Concannon later sustained the winery through prohibition as one of the few legally allowed to make altar wines for the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco.

Third generation vintner Jim Concannon was the first to varietally label Petite Sirah in 1961, making Concannon Vineyard the home of the country's first Petite Sirah. He also played a pivotal role in Concannon Vineyard's significant contribution to the California wine industry with the now-famous Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 7, 8 and 11.

Today, fourth generation vintner John Concannon continues the legacy by preserving the past and sustaining the vineyard lands his great grandfather planted 130 years ago. Concannon was the first winery to place its vineyards in the Tri-Valley Conservancy Land Trust.

The Founder's Day celebration is being held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the winery's tasting room, 4590 Tesla Road in Livermore. The cost is $10 per flight or $15 per flight with food. Live music will be provided by the Light House string band on Saturday and by Pog Mo Thoin on Sunday.

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