Our family’s passion for world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay dates back decades when my father was first enamored with the wonderful wines coming from Coastal Regions throughout California. Trends in the wine world are constantly changing, but these wines remained timeless, untouchable to the come and go fads that plague our industry. Our father always believed that Cabernet Sauvignon is not only the finest red wine as a single variety, but also created the best foundation for red blends. Combining our passion for history and winemaking, we created these wines as a gateway to our Collection.
Our mission at 1846 Wines is to produce wines that best reflect the region in which they were grown and offer them to you at a great value. We create world class wines from multiple vineyard sources throughout the region to produce single variety Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as a Red Blend that best express the vintage and the region. We believe that great wines start in the vineyard, and that is why we hand select all of our esteemed vineyard partners to grow wines of distinction that allow us the ability to blend and create them and offer them to you.
How the Year 1846 Changed the California Wine Scene
Inspired by the regions gravelly soils and rolling hillsides, as well as 80 plus years of viticulture and winemaking by missionaries, Robert Livermore planted the first commercial wine grapes in what we now call the Livermore Valley. The year was 1846, and it would forever change the dynamic of the entire California wine scene.
His efforts were felt immediately, drawing others interested in the wine industry to buy land and plant grapes here. Within 30 years time, the Livermore Valley was the premiere destination to grow and produce wine in California. It inspired the Concannon, Wente and Wetmore families to establish themselves here, true pioneers in the California wine scene. In 1889, Charles Wetmore’s Cresta Blanca Sauternes style wine took home a gold medal at the Paris Exposition, outdoing wines from the famed Bordeaux region of France, thus putting California wine in the international spotlight.
Livermore Valley’s history of innovation continued into the 1900’s. The first varietal offerings of Chardonnay (Wente) and Cabernet Sauvignon (Concannon) came from Livermore Valley grapes. Today the Wente Chardonnay Clone (2A and 4) of Chardonnay accounts for nearly 80% of all of the Chardonnay planted in the state. The Concannon Cabernet Clone (7,8) are very common throughout the state as well.
In the early 1960’s the Clone 2A Chardonnay was planted in Arroyo Seco, pioneering the region and establishing itself as another world class grape growing region.
Today these two regions are enjoying critical acclaim from writers and judges. We are very fortunate to have access to some of these truly amazing vineyard sites. It is our firm belief that all great wine starts in the vineyard. Surely Robert Livermore was thinking the same thing when he planted that first vine.
It is quite possible, one would even argue likely, that none of this would have taken place without the vision of Robert Livermore. 1846 Wines are a celebration of over 150 years of history and innovation.