Valentine’s Day for the Concannon family goes well beyond flowers, chocolates and (of course!) wine. It’s an especially important day because it’s also the anniversary of Captain Joe (2nd-generation vintner) and Nina’s wedding engagement.
Joe popped the question on February 14, 1925—and he and Nina married less than four months later on June 5th at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore. Their wedding reception was the first ever to be held at Livermore’s Ravenswood historical site.
To commemorate their love, Joe had the front lawn of the family home planted in the shape of a heart and outlined with bricks. He also planted four trees—two on either side of the flagpole. A symbol of Joe and Nina’s marriage (which lasted 40 years), these trees grew to a height of 100 feet in 85 years.
The famous heart-shaped lawn is still a cornerstone of the Concannon estate. It has served as the site for many family, civic and community events during since its inception.
Our family wishes you a very special and love-filled Valentine’s Day. Cheers!