My family cut our teeth in the industry in 2005 as a minority partner in a small winery producing ultra premium wines from highly sought after vineyards from a number of California’s best known growing regions. In 2007 we had the opportunity to work with some Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier. Admittedly the wine was produced with the intention to be blending components for other wines in the portfolio. Harvest, came, and harvest went, as it does every year, but this vintage brought something different.
We were absolutely blown away with the quality of wine coming from the Livermore Valley lots. The Cab and Merlot both were outperforming Cab and Merlot from esteemed vineyards in the Napa Valley, and the Syrah and Viognier brought a new dynamic to our portfolio; at that time we had been producing only Bordeaux varieties.
The 2008 vintage reassured what we thought we already knew – the Livermore Valley is a world class grape growing region with incredible diversity.
My Father and I ended parting ways with our winemaking partners and branched out on our own just before the 2009 vintage, taking with us the Livermore Valley wines and a passion to continue to explore this marvelous region.
Nottingham Cellars was born with our first offerings from the 2007 vintage, truly a catalyst year for where we are today.
Our passion for both the Bordeaux and Rhone varieties being grown and produced here in the Livermore Valley has provided us the unique opportunity to share with you a complete collection of wines. We hope you enjoy what we are doing.
– Collin Cranor