A Vintage Experience - A Taste of Tri-Valley

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Livermore Valley Wine Country offers a flourishing expanse of vineyards, vistas and wineries.  From new winemakers to fifth generation winegrowers, the traditions and legacies of the region are thriving.  Visitors looking for the best wine tasting experiences are sure to find that they are looking for in Livermore Valley Wine Country.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE TRI-VALLEY

Begin your Livermore Valley Wine Country experience with a guided behind-the scenes tour at the award winning Wente Vineyards Estate Winery Processing Facility, the region's oldest family-owned and continuously operated winery.  Managed by the Wente family's 5th generation of winemakers, visitors are offered a unique opportunity to experience every facet of the winemaking process.  Your complimentary tour of this 120-year-old facility provides a fascinating and educational look at the winery's state-of-the-art equipment in operation.

Follow up your tour with wine tasting at the Wente Estate Winery Tasting Room, where the knowledgeable staff shares an informative glimpse into wine appreciation.  Sample Wente Vineyards' award-winning wines and browse the fully stocked gift shop with gourmet food items, elegant wine accessories and gift items.
  
grapes3.jpgContinue your wine experience by visiting three to four neighboring wineries to sample several different wine varietals in Livermore Valley Wine Country's friendliest tasting rooms.  Learn more about the art of wine making, and further your own personal appreciation for wine.  Finally, no trip to the wine country would be complete without experiencing a catered gourmet picnic lunch at a scenic winery overlooking the vineyards of Livermore Valley.

Continue your afternoon with a guided walking tour of Main Street in quaint Historic Downtown Pleasanton, a popular mercantile stopover along one of the primary routes to the gold fields of the 1850's.  Learn about the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on Pleasanton's growth, and hear tales of the "ghosts of Main Street" while strolling past the lovely 1800's buildings lining the avenue, which are now home to unique boutiques, antique shops and galleries.   Spend a little free time for shopping along Main Street, before checking into your hotel with time to relax before enjoying a group Welcome Reception followed by dinner at a local restaurant of your choosing.

DAY 2 - History & Wine

After enjoying breakfast, it's "All Aboard!" as you experience a nostalgic ride on the historic Niles Canyon Railway, a railway museum where the exhibits come to life.  In 1869, four months after the famous golden spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, the Central Pacific Railroad completed the transcontinental rail link between Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay, finishing the track at Niles Canyon.  Your hour-long journey on a vintage train will travel along the original Transcontinental Railroad Route, stopping at the historic Niles District where you will disembark your train to enjoy a tour of the Essanay Silent Film Museum, a tribute to the pioneers of the silent movie industry. 

In 1913, the world's first movie cowboy "Bronco Billy" Anderson and a partner opened the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company at the site to produce silent film shorts featuring the leading film stars of the day, including Charlie Chaplin.  After your museum visit, take a brief stroll along Niles Boulevard for some window-shopping before hopping back on your train for return passage to the Sunol Station.

Your final taste of Livermore Valley Wine Country will be a visit to majestic Elliston Vineyards.  Offering a unique and picturesque atmosphere, the winery estate with its Historic Stone Mansion and acres of vineyards is sure to provide an enjoyable and memorable experience.  Enjoy a picnic or buffet lunch at the winery before heading to your next Northern California  destination - perhaps San Francisco (35 miles), Sacramento (88 miles),  or Monterey (95 miles)!

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