Archive for August, 2011

Ruby Hill Winery in Livermore Valley wine country recently unveiled a one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tour that is quickly becoming a favorite among visitors. Hop aboard the Mello Cielo, Ruby Hill Winery’s custom bus for a trip through the vineyards, production facility and learn about the art and science of winemaking at Ruby Hill.

Ruby Hill Winery's new Mello Cielo vineyard experience.

Ruby Hill Winery's new Mello Cielo vineyard experience.

The 90-minute Mello Cielo vineyard experience kicks off with a drive through vineyard roads after departing the tasting room. The tour guide points out certain varietals and explains what is happening in the vineyards as you roll by.

Atop the vineyard is Ruby Hill’s Peacock Patch, where you’ll find the winery’s Zinfandel grapes. You’ll hop off the bus and see the beautiful views of Livermore Valley in front of you. The Enologist explains winery’s farming techniques while you sip on sparkling wine. Keep your eyes open for the peacocks that neighbor the vineyard.

The bus then heads down the hill to Ruby Hill’s production facility. Here, you’ll see what happens between vine and bottle. Barrel samples will give you a sneak peak of future wines.

You’ll find a wonderful showcase of Ruby Hill Winery’s past at the historic water tower. A seated food and wine pairing in the water tower provides a chance to discover the old photos and maps of the winery.

Ruby Hill Winery's Mello Cielo tour bus.

Upon arriving back at the tasting room, finish the tour off with a chocolate and Port pairing with Ruby Hill’s Bella Gemma.

Mello Cielo Tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Reservations are required for groups and strongly recommended for individuals. This comprehensive and unique experience is $25 per person and $15 for wine club members.

To learn more about the tours or to book an appointment see Ruby Hill Winery’s website or call 925-931-9463.

Interested in booking a vineyard experience for a company team building event or small meeting, contact our sales team.

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After months of renovation, Las Positas Vineyards will open its doors in a new location on Sunday, August 14, with a grand opening celebration. The public is invited to get a first look at the new facility, taste award-winning wines, enjoy food pairings and entertainment from noon to 5 pm.

Las Positas Vineyard started in 2006, when the Maier family purchased a 20-acre vineyard in Livermore. The wines have been available in another tasting room, online, and in several Tri-Valley restaurants. Last fall, the owners purchased an existing winery and 20-acre vineyard on the corner of Wetmore Road and Arroyo Road.

Las Positas Vineyard

Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore, California.

The new winery location is in the middle of Livermore Valley wine country, among the vines and rolling hills of south Livermore. The new tasting room will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and by appointment.

Las Positas Vineyards is located at 1828 Wetmore Road in Livermore. For more information about the winery, check out the website or call 925-449-9463.


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