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(Note: Information Originally Published In 1955 - Presented For Historical Perspective!)
LIVERMORE-CONTRA COSTA DISTRICTThis district, as famous in its own way as that of Napa-Solano, consists of a number of separate wine-producing areas located in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Celebrated throughout the country and beyond is Alameda County's Livermore Valley, home of unsurpassed California wines of the Sauterne types. Some red table wine is also produced as are sparkling wines and aperitif and dessert wines of great merit. The Livermore Valley, actually not so much a valley as a wide basin, comprises two neighboring winegrowing areas, the famed vineyards centering around the town of Livermore, with their gravelly vineyards, and separated from them only by some low hills to the west, the sector around Pleasanton.
Second only in importance to the Livermore Valley is southern Alameda, close to the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. With its winegrowing centers of Mission San Jose and Irvington it actually forms an extension of the adjoining wine-producing areas in Santa Clara County. In southern Alameda the red table wines vie with the whites in quality and here sparkling wines and aperitif and dessert wines of note are also produced.
Western Alameda boasts one winery at Hayward, although no grapes are grown there and real estate developments are fast encroaching on the area.
Contra Costa County is best known for its table wines and especially for its Gamay. The county's more important winegrowing areas are located south of the city of Martinez and by Mt. Diablo, which rises so majestically east of San Francisco to a height of nearly four thousand feet.