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Our Story

Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest, 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. We are recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations featuring wine tasting, dining, concert experiences, championship golf and more.

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“Every single day, we strive to be better than the day before. That’s what my family instilled in me. For five generations, we’ve worked relentlessly to grow and produce great California Chardonnays. We don’t do it because we have to, we do it because we love to.”

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Karl D. Wente
5th Generation Winegrower

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In 1912, 2nd Generation Ernest Wente persuaded his father and founder, C.H. Wente to import Chardonnay cuttings from the vine nursery at University of Montpellier France to the Livermore Valley and hand-picked the best of the best vines. Today, over 80% of all California Chardonnay stems from the Wente Clone. In viticulture a “clone” refers to vines descended from a single plant by taking a cutting or bud; in theory, each vine grown on a clone is genetically identical to the original vine. 

Today, 5th Generation winegrower Karl D. Wente continues the Wente Clone through the families legacy of Chardonnay with four different styles: Morning Fog Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay and Nth Degree Chardonnay.

Meet Our Family

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    Eric Wente

    4th Generation Winegrower & Chairman of the Board

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    Phil Wente

    4th Generation Winegrower & Co-Founder of Murrieta’s Well

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    Carolyn Wente

    4th Generation Winegrower and Chief Executive Officer

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    Christine Wente

    5th Generation Winegrower & President of the Wente Foundation Board

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    Karl Wente

    Fifth Generation Winemaker and Senior Vice-President of Winemaking

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    Jordan Wente

    5th Generation Winegrower & Project Manager, Procurement

  • Niki Wente Bio

    Niki Wente

    5th Generation Winegrower & Viticulturist

The Love of the Journey

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Winemaking and Viticulture

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Meet the winemaking team

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    Karl Wente

    Fifth Generation Winemaker and Senior Vice-President of Winemaking

  • Andrew Lynch Bio

    Andrew Lynch

    Winemaker

  • Elizabeth Kester Bio

    Elizabeth Kester

    Winemaker

Meet the viticulture team

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    Julio Covarrubias

    Sr. Vineyard Manager

  • Keith Roberts Bio

    Keith Roberts

    Sr. Viticulture Manager, Arroyo Seco Monterey

  • Niki Wente Bio

    Niki Wente

    5th Generation Winegrower & Viticulturist

Livermore Vineyard

Livermore Valley

San Francisco Bay AVA

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About Livermore Valley

Livermore Valley

San Francisco Bay AVA

Residing 20 miles east of the San Francisco Bay, the Livermore Valley brings moderating climates from foggy mornings, warm midday temperatures and cool evenings. Our winery’s Estate Vineyards are located on sloping hillsides, on stony riverbeds and reside at the base of sandstone cliffs.  The morning fog makes it a superb growing region for Chardonnay, while the warmer temperatures on the hillside allow varietals such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to develop to full maturity.

Arroyo Seco Vineyard

Arroyo Seco

Monterey AVA

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About Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco

Monterey AVA

In 1962, 3rd Generation Karl L. Wente pioneered winegrowing in Arroyo Seco for its abundance of excellent water and well-drained rocky soils.  Arroyo Seco, Monterey is a cooler region with an extended growing season, making it more favorable for cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and a Riesling.

Sustainability

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Certified Sustainable

Wente Vineyards carries sustainable practices throughout the vineyards, wine growing practices and in the community.

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    Living Soils


    Recycled Organic Hydrolyzed Fertilizer

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    Reducing Water Usage


    Drip Irrigation and on-site Weather Stations

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    Using Natural Oils


    Natural Oils Smother Mildew

  • Pest Management

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    Pest Management


    Homes for Predatory Birds to Combat Pests

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    Converting Waste into Fuel

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    Community Involvement


    Associated in the Winegrowing Community

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    The Course at Wente Vineyards


    Drought Tolerant Plants and Small Habitat Restoration

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    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards


    Locally Sourced Ingredients and Recycled Material Decor

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    Land & Cattle


    Providing Grass Management and Soil Fertilization

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    Cork Recycling


    Designated Cork-Recycle Drop Offs

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    Organic Olive Grove


    Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture