Our mission is to see the Livermore Valley garner the respect and attention it deserves for growing and producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux Style Red Blends. Everything that we do is with this intent, and we are guided by two core principles:
It Starts in the Vineyard & It Starts with the People.
it starts in the vineyard
For us, winemaking is about telling a story of a certain site, or style of wine, authentically. We source our grapes from a handful of Livermore Valley growers who have garnered a reputation for quality and sustainability. We have dedicated ourselves to the pursuit of understanding and identifying the premier vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Exploring different varieties, vineyards and growing conditions, honing in on a handful of vineyards that have consistently great quality, even in the most challenging vintages. Our greatest investment is the time and effort we put in with our growers to help shape the future of this region.
From the Winemaker
it starts with the people
History & Timeline
Boutique Winery Partnership
Jeff Cranor’s passion for wine brought him into the industry as a partner in a boutique winery producing primarily Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. He saw tremendous potential and recognized the work of some new talent in the Livermore Valley.
2005History of Our Wines
Collin Becomes the Winemaker
Jeff’s son, Collin starts showing some interest in the industry. Collin works as a glazer, but in his spare time he was hanging out in the cellar taking in as much knowledge from the winemaker at the time. A few days a month turned into nights and weekends at the winery. Collin’s passion really kicked in after his first harvest – still not old enough to legally consume his efforts. When Jeff decided to branch out, Collin took the role as winemaker.
2006A Passion for Winemaking
Nottingham takes the Region
Jeff convinced his partner to purchase some grapes from some Livermore Valley vineyards. Needless to say, Jeff hit the nail on the head, and his passion for the Livermore Valley grew to a point that he decided to break away from his partnership and take on the region wholeheartedly.
2007The Livermore Vineyard Partnership
The Future of World-Class Winemaking
The 1860’s were a time of major development in this region we now call the Livermore Valley. Some 25 years had passed since Robert Livermore had planted the first commercial wine grapes of the region and the town was in the midst of its renaissance. Its time as a stopping point for the gold rush was coming to an end, and the town was starting to create its own identity. The area remained nameless for some time, only land grants being indicators. That was until the Nottingham Post Office opened on January 25, 1869. The name of the post office was changed on July 7, 1870, when William Mendenhall established a formal City Hall. Nottingham Cellars wines are a tribute to the rich history that precedes us and the future of world-class winemaking in this Valley.