Support Local | Wineries and Vineyards

February, 11, 2021

With the start of a new year comes a time of reflection, resolutions, and new goals. With so many businesses affected this past year by the ongoing pandemic, we believe a great goal to set for 2021 is to support local. Many stores, shops, and restaurants are open for business, curbside pickup, and online ordering. We have gathered up a list of local businesses all around the Tri-Valley and Fremont area that you can feel good about supporting.

Wineries and Vineyards

We are incredibly lucky to have award-winning wineries all throughout California, with some of the best right here in the Bay Area. Napa first comes to mind when planning a trip to the vineyards, however, the East Bay and Tri-Valley areas have many amazing and accredited wineries. Take a look at our curated list of just some of the local wineries you can visit today.

Wente Vineyards | 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore

Wente Vineyards is the country’s longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, we draw from our estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

They are currently open for outdoor tastings and curbside pick-up. Reservations are required and available for 90-minutes from Friday to Sunday. Curbside pick-up is available Thursday-Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

McGrail Vineyards and Winery | 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore

Making premium estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon in the Livermore Valley this family-owned winery was founded in 2005. Located just past Poppy Ridge Golf Course, they have beautiful views from their patio and a sprawling lawn for you to enjoy picnics.

Currently, their tasting room is only open by limited reservations, but their wines are available to order online and over the phone. You can order wines delivered to your doorstep or you can do curbside pickup at the winery.

Longevity Wines | 2271 South Vasco Road, Livermore

Longevity Wines is a boutique family operated, urban style winery located in the Livermore AVA, whose focus is on quality, not quantity. All of the wines are produced in small lots to keep a hands-on approach to quality control. The Owner, Phil Long, is the president of the Association of African American Vintners. Its goal is to raise awareness of the great wines already being made by black winemakers, Long says, and to create a world where there can be more in the future.

They are open for reservations for outdoor seating, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Curbside and delivery options are also available, as well as online shopping.

Chouinard Vineyards and Winery | 33853 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley

Chouinard Winery is located in Palomares Canyon between Castro Valley and the Livermore wine country on the historic Cook Ranch, since 1983. Malbec, Chardonnay, Barbera Rose, Cabernet, Chenin Blanc, Port, they craft award-winning wines of all types.

Visitors are able to call for Curbside Pickup Appointment – 510-582-9900. And the tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Westover Winery | 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley

Founder William Westover Smyth purchased the Palomares Canyon winery property in 1986. He decided to plant grapevines on the property to increase the value of the land and earn extra money selling to the local wineries. He founded Westover Winery with the goal of producing high-quality small-lot wines.

They are currently open on weekends 12:30-5:00 pm Tasting. No appointment required. Also open seven days per week by appointment.

Nella Terra Cellars | 5005 Sheridan Rd, Sunol

The Beemiller family started Nella Terra Cellars Boutique Winery and Event Center in 2014 as a benefit corporation. The family has owned the property since 1978 and wanted to share its beauty with others. They planted their first vineyard in 2013. The unique microclimate of Nella Terra’s valley provides an ideal environment for growing high quality California grapes.

Their tasting room is closed for the winter. Curbside pick up is available Saturdays 12:00 -3:00 pm or by appointment.

Big Dog Vineyards | 4545 Felter Rd, Milpitas

Located in the Milpitas Hills, over-looking the Silicon Valley, Big Dog Vineyards is a locally-owned, boutique winery with a focus on small-batch, handmade wines. The winery and tasting room opened in 2009, right beside their estate vineyard which was planted twelve years prior. For twenty years, they have worked to achieve the highest quality wines possible in every step from grapes to glass, maintaining an emphasis on traditional techniques and small production.

Currently open Friday through Sunday on a reservation basis. Private tastings are available as well, along with online ordering.

We would love to hear of other great shops to support! Let us know below.

Sotheby’s Luxury Farm and Ranch Properties

November, 11, 2012

Parcel at Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaa in North Kohala

Does the idea of living on a piece of land with the nearest neighbor acres away sound good to you?  How about having your own equestrian trail or vineyard?

If owning a luxury agricultural property is part of your dream, then you’ll be happy to know that Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently launched a website that specializes in farm and ranch properties.  With an easy to use interface you can now search for homes ranging from medieval villas in the heart of Chianti country to horse ranches in Texas. is part of a series of boutique-style websites that Sotheby’s has been publishing online in order to give its clients specialized content about a certain category of real estate.  Rather than spending hours searching a massive database or clicking through endless pages of information people can now come to a smaller website with news specific to that type of real estate and properties that fall into a niche market.  Sotheby’s Farm and Ranch website caterers to people interested in equestrian properties, fishing properties, game and safari properties, farm and ranch properties, and vineyard/ winery properties.

At the moment we have some lovely listings on the new site.  In North Kohala on Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaa you’ll find an amazing 59.6 acre parcel that would be perfect for a ranch estate.  The land ranges from grassy pastures bordering a wide valley and stream to a beach cove where the ocean waves gracefully come in.  Only a couple minutes from Hawi, this property offers the tranquility of being secluded with the convenience of being near a quaint village where you’ll find shopping and restaurants.

Kahuku Ranch at 92-7405 Mamalahoa Highway

Across the Big Island, in the south, we have a 645 acre ranch at 92-7405 Mamalahoa Hwy Kahuku.  This property has had a long history as a working ranch and has been well-maintained over the years.  Eight plantation-style homes can be found across the hundreds of acres as well as ancillary farm structures.  The main house enjoys a spectacular ocean view on one side and a beautiful mountain vista on the other.  From peaceful pastures to lime and lychee orchards, this ranch has it all.

These are just a few of the luxury properties you’ll find on  If you’d like to see similar listings go to the website and search for “Hawaii.”  You’ll find quite a few properties represented by our knowledgeable and experienced agents.