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Highlighting Heritage of Livermore & California Wine
The Heritage Collection is a special project created by Karl, Phil and Niki Wente, 4th and 5th generation family members. Heritage Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were created to honor the legacy and history Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon have in the Livermore Valley.
The Wente family has a significant history, bringing Chardonnay to California at an incredibly early stage in California winemaking, dating back to 1908-1912. Heritage Chardonnay is made to highlight the 1912 ‘heritage’ selections that never left the Wente property. The Wente family is the only family in California with these incredible, historical vineyards; thanks to their continuity in ownership, dedication to the land and Chardonnay.
Less well known is the historic role the Livermore Valley played in California’s adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking Pioneer Charles Wetmore, visited Bordeaux in 1880-1881 and brought back cuttings (now known as clones 7 & 8) from the Left Bank’s noble First Growth, Chateau Margaux. In doing so, Wetmore put Livermore on the map for Cabernet Sauvignon. Through this Heritage Cabernet, Karl, Phil and Niki’s vision is to create the truest expression of Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, by highlighting the Charles Wetmore heritage clones, paying homage to his legacy.