Most Of California's Ancient Wine Vines Are Planted Here Contra Costa County is the perfect destination for travelers look for the "new" secret wine spot. BY TOURING & TASTING
Photo Courtesy of The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association
Just one of the many, many old vines found in Contra Costa.
“ The 800-square-mile county has been producing award-winning wine and grapes for more than 120 years; and prior to the Prohibition, it was home to 50-plus wineries.”
Just an hour east of downtown San Francisco, a sleeping giant has awakened to the delight of wine tourists eager to discover someplace "new."
Actually, when it comes to wine, Contra Costa County is anything but new. The 800-square-mile county has been producing award-winning wine and grapes for more than 120 years; and prior to the Prohibition, it was home to 50-plus wineries. Through the years, a series of historical events and its grow-ing population took Contra Costa County out of the wine industry limelight: but the region never stopped producing exceptional grapes. Giants don’t sleep forever and today, thanks to its nonstop grape friendly conditions and a sophisticated following, Contra Costa County is soaring in all sorts of ways. Its luscious grapes are used not only by the 18-plus regional wineries, but by at least 50 wineries outside the county. The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association wants our readers to see what the buzz is about!
LOCAL WINES Bloomfield Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Best of Show White, 2012 Contra Costa Commercial Wine Competition