I’m so excited that my favorite season is here – Summer! One of things I love doing in the summer is go on wine tasting trips. I usually like to go up north – to the Napa, Sonoma and even Healdsburg, but decided I wanted to check out Livermore for their wine country as I’ve heard a lot of good things.
Livermore Wine Trolley
I usually plan my own wine tasting trips, but I decided to check out the Livermore Wine Trolley which takes you around to 3 wineries and includes a pre-picked lunch. It was nice to not have to think about logistics, planning, timing, driving and looking into which wineries to go to because they will take care of all of that for you. They have a list of wineries they typically go to, but they don’t share which 3 you’re going to be going to until the day of. I didn’t mind that as I love checking out new places.
We started at 11am and was done by around 3:30pm. We spent an hour at the first and third winery and an hour and a half at the second winery which allotted time to eat our lunch. Kevin was our driver and he bumped up the music during the ride for a fun vibe. He also had cold water for us which was a nice touch considering how hot it was outside.
Our first winery was Concannon Winery. We got our tastings poured in the tasting room, but we were free to go outside and and enjoy our wine. The grounds were gorgeous with plenty of outdoor seating and they even had corn hole. It was a nice place to sit, enjoy, relax, or even just take pictures. I liked the flexibility of coming back to our next pour when we were ready. We tried a good mix of red and white wines. This was my favorite winery of the day.
Our second winery was Las Positas Vineyards. They had a few tables reserved for our group with umbrellas set up for shade (which was greatly appreciated). We were able to relax and enjoy our wine and they also brought us our lunch. This winery had pretty views as well, including what looked like a never-ending vineyard. They have a small tasting room, which was nice and cool with the AC turned on, but I loved sipping my wine on the patio. Las Positas had a good variety of white and reds to try and even a sparkling wine. The sparkling wine was my favorite as I love sweet and sparkling wines.
Our last winery was Garre Vineyard and Winery and this winery had more of a homey and cozy feel. They had a small tasting room where we got our pours from, and they also had a little patio as well. This winery is mostly known for their reds and there was a lot of unique ones including one with a tobacco flavor. This was definitely the most unique tasting.
Overall, I had a fun time going on the Livermore Wine Trolley. Our driver Kevin was amazing – helped us keep track of time, let us know how much longer we had at each winery, helped us take pictures, and was just overall so easy to ride with. I loved taking the trolley through the vineyards and I loved checking out wineries that I might not have picked myself. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to take the guesswork out of planning a wine tasting trip and just wants to relax, have fun, and enjoy some wine. And as much as I like going to Napa, I would definitely consider going Livermore again as it’s a lot more casual, the tasting costs are a little more affordable as, while still having good quality wines.