The Livermore Valley received its AVA designation in 1982. Sitting on 96,000 acres, the Livermore Valley is surrounding the city of Livermore in the East San Francisco Bay Area. The soil in Livermore is gravel based and well draining. The layout of the vineyards is an east-west orientation, unlike many other winegrowing valleys. Due to its proximity to the San Francisco Bay, there is a steady, cool breeze that flows through the valley offsetting the heat of the sunny days. This results in a large diurnal temperature swing between day and night, sometimes swinging as much as 20 degrees. The region is best known for Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Syrah.
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