Livermore Valley has a few really notable wineries to claim, but the best are always those that are a bit off the beaten path. That is the case with Boaventura de Caires, a winery whose little sign could be missed as you are looking for them, but is worth the visit if you’re in the Livermore Valley area. The reviews on this winery are quite good, which led us to hunt them down and see what their reputation was all about.
Everyone who has been to Boaventura has agreed that this winery is definitely a family place. From the robust chickens running about to the big, people-friendly dogs that are in residence, the atmosphere of the winery is one of inclusion. The staff holds to this philosophy, as do the owners, who have no problem chatting with patrons about the vineyards, the winery, and life in general. It truly is like walking into the living room and kicking back with a few (up to 7) glasses of different wines.
The big red barn that houses the winery and tasting room gives it a rustic, down-home appeal that is hard to resist. That, tied with the ample picnic space, allows every visitor to feel comfortable, though the winery does get busy sometimes. However, the ample tasting options make up for any amount of busy time, as they offer up to 7 glasses of wine per tasting. They have a lovely white, as well as several reds that have gained quite a lot of praise.
As with many California wineries, Cabernet is still the king. If you are not a fan of Cabernet or Merlot, you will find their offerings on the wrong side of your palette, however, their signature white wine, a beautiful white labeled Alvarinho that has gained accolades all over. Although this is listed as a table wine, it has a character that reaches far beyond that classification.
In addition to a wide range of Cabernet wines, they offer some lovely Sirah as well, in several different vintages, as well as their 2011 Deported, one of the few wines of that vintage that seem to have turned out throughout the entire state. That says quite a lot as 2011 was a notably rough year for the California vineyards.
If you’ve had the chance to visit this gorgeous little winery, be sure to tell us about the experience in the comments. We love hearing from our readers and your story could be the spark for our next feature post. In the meantime, we’ll be hard at work here in West Palm Beach as we prepare for our opening later this year in October. Happy tasting!