Fenestra Winery was established by the Replogle family on the
historic Ruby Hill property and in 1980 occupied the century-old
George True Winery building on Vallecitos Road. The old building
had been badly neglected,and the Replogles hauled away tons of trash,
and installed a new roof and strengthened the building. Now part
of the Ruby Hill development, (the Replogles lease the building
and surrounding grounds) which includes a Jack Nicklaus designed
golf course, homes and 900 acres of vineyards, the winery building
has been refurbished and vineyards have been planted around the
winery. The winery specializes in classically balanced, award-winning
wines from primarily Livermore Valley grapes. Livermore Valley's
first boutique winery, Fenestra Winery is celebrating 34 years of
OWNERS: Lanny and Fran
WINEMAKER: Brent Amos
"My aim is to produce
flavorful, well-balanced wines with a lot of
varietal character. Of the whites, I particularly enjoy making Semillon,
and make a dry table wine, a Sem-Chard (Semonnay). I make a lot
of red wines, from True Red (a Rhone blend) to full-bodied intense
Cabernets, and like the challenge of making each varietal, each
year, an individual wine."
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Semillon, Semonnay (Sem-Chard), Chardonnay, Viognier, White
Riesling, Dry Rosé, True Red (Rhone Blend), Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec,
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Port,
Syrah and Mourvedre.
French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, stainless steel
The informal tasting area
is inside the winery, surrounded by cases
of wine and barrels. A creek and vineyards edge the picnic area,
which has a lovely lawn. The ambiance is that of a no-frills, country
winery where the owners greet every visitor as a welcome guest,
and the guests soon become old friends.
Open Saturday and Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m. Picnic facilities
33 years of fine wines with a
personality-in a friendly, historic, rural setting.