Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and wine making in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by Mike Eckert, co-owner of Eckert Estate Winery.
Winery name: Eckert Estate Winery
Owners: Mike and Vickie Eckert
About us: I came to the Livermore Valley in 1986 to raise horses. However, after an evening at a winemaker's dinner I had a change of heart and planted cabernet sauvignon cuttings obtained from a local winery.
My wife, Vickie, and I opened the Eckert Estate Winery tasting room in December 2001. After 11 years at our Arroyo Road address, we have recently moved. Eckert Estate Winery is now located in the Graham Court Business Park off South Vasco Road. The tasting area is in the barrel room that is nearly 1,000 square feet. In addition to 30 feet of U-shaped counter space, there are tables where customers can retreat and taste at a more relaxed pace, or enjoy a full glass of their favorite wine. Local artist Loni Frankland has painted two murals that grace the winery walls.
Our wines: We produce an eclectic array of handcrafted wines from Italian, Portuguese, and French varietals -- many that you don't customarily find in a tasting room.
In addition to celebrating our new location, we are releasing seven new wines this year: a Livermore Valley petite sirah, a reserve bottling viognier,
Eckert Estate Winery is known for big red wines that are smooth, but with lots of flavor and long-lasting mouth-feel. Our least expensive wines are ensemble, our red table wine, and our chardonnay at $10.99. Our most expensive wines are the reserve wines that sell for $22. Most of our wines are in the $15-to-$18 range. We also offer homemade mustards from Noyo Reserve and truffles.
Hours & tasting fee: Our new tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; special tours and other tasting hours are available by appointment. Tasting is $5 per person, refundable with wine purchase. Please contact us to arrange special tastings for groups or to reserve the private tasting room for a special occasion.
Where is the winery? Eckert Estate Winery is located at 5963 Graham Court, Suite D in Livermore.
Other contact information: 925-371-8606; www.eckertestate.com.
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