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Wood Family Vineyards is a family run winery located in the eastern foothills of Livermore Valley. Specializing in limited production handcrafted wines, Michael, Rhonda, Harrison and Parker all have a hand in the winemaking process - along with many friends and family. Michael assumes all duties during harvest and Rhonda has taken on the role of winemaker.

Rhonda started making wine in 1996 - after they purchased the Merlot vineyard where she and Michael built their home. Together, their passion for wine and belief that winemaking begins in the vineyard led them to Livermore Valley. They are tireless champions about the quality of Livermore Valley soils and their commitment to Valley grown grapes.


At a glance…

Address:
7702 Cedar Mountain Drive
Livermore CA
94550
Tasting Room Hours:
By Appointment
Minority/Female Winemaker:
Female
Phone Number:
925-606-7411
Region of Focus:
Bordeaux
Uncommon Varietals Produced?
No
County:
Alameda
Wine Club Benefits:
The purchase of a case of wine qualifies the purchases for the wine club.
Staffed by Family:
Yes
Main AVA:
Central Coast
Picnic Friendly:
No
Guest WiFi:
Sub AVA:
Livermore Valley AVA
Pet Friendly:
No
Sustainable Methods :
No
Flagship Wine:
Banquet Facilities:
No
Weddings:
Average Price per Bottle:
$27.30
On Site Lodging:
No
Primary Fermentation Method:
Controlled
Typical Product:
Red
Conference Facilities:
No
Drink on Release or Age:
Total Production:
1200 Cases
Web Site:
http://www.woodfamilyvineyards.com/index.html
Wine Trail Member?:







Currently Tasting*

2010ChardonnayLivermore ValleyPara Mas Amigas
2009Cabernet FrancLivermore Valley
2006MerlotLivermore ValleyOne Oak Vineyard
2007Cabernet SauvignonLivermore ValleyMcGrail Vineyard
2008Cabernet SauvignonLivermore ValleyThomson Ranch
2007SyrahLivermore ValleyMadden Ranch
2008Zinfandel (Primitivo)Livermore ValleyHansen Ranch
2009Zinfandel (Primitivo)Livermore ValleyMuy Bueno
Currently Tasting
Vintages that show either a "0000" or a blank are non vintage specific, meaning they contain grapes from various years.

Currently Selling*

2010ChardonnayLivermore ValleyPara Mas Amigas$22.00
2009Cabernet FrancLivermore Valley$26.00
2006MerlotLivermore ValleyOne Oak Vineyard$22.00
2007Cabernet SauvignonLivermore ValleyMcGrail Vineyard$36.00
2008Cabernet SauvignonLivermore ValleyThomson Ranch$38.00
2007SyrahLivermore ValleyMadden Ranch$24.00
2008Zinfandel (Primitivo)Livermore ValleyHansen Ranch$28.00
2009Zinfandel (Primitivo)Livermore ValleyMuy Bueno$28.00

Recent Awards

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Tough commute from home to office.




Winemaker Rhonda with too many choices.




Our typical tasting session.

Details

Our philosophy in winemaking begins in the vineyards of the Livermore Valley. Michael and Rhonda establish long term commitments with the various growers in order to ensure consistency in quality with the grapes we use. Gentle processing of the grapes begins with hand harvesting in early morning hours and brought to our winery and kept cool until crush. The grapes are sorted at crush with the thought "if it doesn't look like a grape you would like to eat" it doesn't go into the crusher/destemmer. A cold soak is done on the grapes and the grapes are allowed to warm up and naturally begin fermentation before innoculation with a chosen yeast. The Chardonnay sees 6 â?? 12 hours of skin time before destemming. Fermentation of the red grapes is done in open top fermenters with punch downs two to three times a day depending on the stage of fermentation. Pressing off the skins into tanks for blending and settling is done at dryness. Racking off the gross lees into small oak barrels for aging is done 24 â??48 hours after. Average age in oak is 20 months. Gravity racking is done during the aging process approximately four times before bottling. Most of the wines are left unfiltered at bottling. The Chardonnay is minimally filtered and unfined.

Did you know?

Winemaker Rhonda Wood was a pilot with US Airways and left just prior to 9-11-2001 to have a child.  5 years later, now firmly ensconced in the role of wine maker, she decided to make it a a full time commitment and has never looked back.

Rhonda and Cuda Ridge wine maker Larry Dino attended high school together.

The Barrel Room**

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