Concannon has just completed a ten-year unparalleled $30 million revitalization project to preserve our past as well as prepare for our “next century.”
Livermore Valley’s unique rocky soil defines the wines of Concannon Vineyard. Cherished winemakers have come and gone, but our vineyards have grown memorable grapes for over a century. To support vineyard health and ensure continued fruit quality over time, we are actively preserving our old vines and interplanting our rows. We utilize sustainable vineyard management practices endorsed by California’s Wine Institute, and in March 2010 were one of the only seventeen wineries to be certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, which recognizes our commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices. Our Conservancy wine tier is sourced 100% from Livermore Valley vineyards set aside in a conservation trust to protect them forever from urban development. Our goal is to preserve Livermore Valley viticulture and a simpler way of life for future generations.
Preserving Our Winemaking Heritage
Our new barrel room allows us to gently handle the fruit of our vineyards. We still use traditional French white oak upright casks to age our Petite Sirah, and we complement that program by using the best available modern oak barrels for other wines. We also use a modern pneumatic basket press during harvest, in homage to the original German basket press brought around Cape Horn for the original winery. Our new winery is employing other practices with an eye to a sustainable future, such as covering 80% of our winery’s roof with solar panels that supply a significant amount of our energy requirements.
Preserving the Past
Our historic redwood winery has been restored to preserve the best of the past, while allowing us to prepare for future growth. Redwood staves from large vintage redwood casks previously used for wine aging have been reclaimed for the new Concannon Vineyard Tasting Bar, and used as wood panel accents throughout the Tasting Room. Century-old cedar planks were carefully removed from the old tasting room ceiling and refurbished for use on the building’s exterior, along with some of original brick used on the exterior and our courtyard fountain.
Concannon Vineyard will continue in its role as a pioneer as we juxtapose modern technology with our treasured rocks and vines. We are preparing for the next century by embracing sustainable vineyard practices and utilizing state-of-the art technology, while honoring and preserving our past. Come visit us to learn more about our efforts to preserve Livermore’s winemaking heritage for future generations.