Weekend in a winery: tram tour and tasting in a century-old wine region
BRENTWOOD, CA – The Contra Costa wine region may not be named after the valleys of Napa, Sonoma, Livermore or Temecula. But it is a region with a winemaking history that dates back more than a century.
And for wine adventurers, an upcoming “Fall Wine Tasting Trolley Tour” could be the perfect opportunity to get to know – or rediscover – the region, located across the bay from San Francisco.
The Contra Costa region offers a warm climate, cool nighttime temperatures and sandy soil, which results in an extended growing season and flavorful grapes, according to industry experts. And at the beginning of the 20th century, most of the land was planted with vines.
During Prohibition, however, local growers couldn’t earn enough grapes and switched to fruit crops such as cherries and pears, trade officials said. (Read more about the area’s history here.)
But as the Contra Costa wine business regains momentum, the town of Brentwood is now the unofficial center of viticulture and home to several wineries and vintners producing award-winning wines.
Need an excuse to explore?
The local trade group, the Contra Costa Winemakers Association, is hosting their 1st Annual Fall Wine Tasting Cart Tour on Sunday, September 18 from 1-5 p.m.
“The best way to enjoy this beautiful wine country is on board the wine cart,” officials said.
Participants board the carts for loops through wine country with “hop-on, hop-off” tasting stops at local wineries.
Tickets are $95 each and a souvenir glass, wine bag and small bites are included. The event is for ages 21 and up.
Additional food, as well as food trucks, will be at each location for separate purchases.
Participating wineries on the Trolley Tour include:
For other winemakers in the Contra Costa area, follow this link.
To make it a full day, check out this link for local farms and country shops in the Brentwood area, or the “Better in Brentwood” website for restaurants, shops and community events.