The Cedar Mountain Winery and Tasting Room is now open in the east side of Livermore. In early 2013 the Ault family closed the Cedar Mountain winery on Tesla Road, selling the property that had been home to Cedar Mountain since 1988. Darcie Kent Winery purchased the property and opened their new tasting room and winery on the site. The Aults moved further into the country to a new home on Reuss Road off Tesla and 2.7 miles east of the old site.
While originally they expected to be open their new tasting room on the Reuss Road property within the year, they learned that maze of bureaucracy that exists in any municipality would mean that it would be almost two and a half years before the new tasting room and winery would be opened. In the meanwhile they turned the garage of their new home into an air conditioned barrel room, temporary facilities on the property would be converted to wine production facilities. You can imagine their joy in getting their garage back with the opening of the new winery. Moving to the winery also allowed Linda to get her greenhouse completed and her canning area captured from the temporary winery spaces.
The new winery/tasting room received its final permit this last week. The new facility has 1000 square feet in the tasting room and 1500 square feet in the winery. The tasting room is designed to hold about 30 people with 16 parking spots. Additional parking is available on the property for special events. The proper food preparation facilities were added to allow Cedar Mountain to obtain a food permit so that they can also serve food during the special events. Visitors will enjoy the large outdoor patio with relaxing chairs allowing them to enjoy the outdoor space while enjoying their wine. Inside the tasting bar is larger than in the old winery and additional seating is included.
The views out the windows and from the patio are of eastern Livermore valley countryside. There are acres of vineyards across the street plus pastureland up the hills to the right. Often the cattle will roam down to roadside to see what is going on.
Cedar Mountain produces a variety of still wines plus they have an excellent selection of port style dessert wines. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc wine is a favorite of winemaker Early Ault. It is fermented in stainless steel and has a nice citric aromas and flavors with nice acidity and long finish with a touch of melon. The Petite Sirah is a great wine for those summer BBQ with dark cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors and a long delightful finish.
The Port-style and dessert wines really shine at Cedar Mountain where you will find a variety of both white and red dessert wines. The Tortuga Royale is a rich decadent dessert wine that is co-fermented with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and Scharffen Berger 70% Cocoa Powder and fortified with fine eau de vie brandy.
Check out the included slide show to view the new Cedar Mountain Winery and Tasting Room.
Tasting room scheduled for every second weekend as follows:
2015 Days & Hours
August 7, 8, 9 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
August 21, 22, 23 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
September 4, 5 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
September 6th ~ 12:00 – 5:00
September 7 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
September 25, 26, 27 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
October 2, 3, 4 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
October 16, 17, 18 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
November 6, 7, 8 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
November 20, 21, 22 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
December 4th ~ 12:00 – 4:00
December 5, 6 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
December 18, 19, 20 ~ 12:00 – 4:00
For more information: Cedar Mountain Winery