"Livermore - Wine and Technology" Livermore by AlbuqRay
Livermore Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 152 photos
Livermore is one of California's older wine regions. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized the area's winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. International recognition followed when Livermore Valley captured America's first international gold medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map.
Although the Napa valley is more famous now, there are many (>25) good quality wineries in Livermore and the hills nearby. Nestled in the Livermore Valley between the first and second rows of hills from the coast, the area has an interesting history starting with the Costonoan Indians. Now Livermore is a small city of 80,000 that mixes agriculture with high technology. It is the home of Lawrence Livermore National Lab and enormous wind generator fields.
The hills east of Livermore have one of the largest wind farms in the world. You can visit it by using either Altamont or Patterson Pass. The picture shows only a small portion of what you can actually see. The Altamont Pass portion is seen by more people since I-580 runs through it but I think the views are actually better from Patterson Pass.
- Pros:Quiet; convenient to Bay area; good jobs; good wine
- Cons:Real estate values have skyrocketed and I-580 traffic is bad
- In a nutshell:Small city where agriculture and high tech meet
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