Livermore Valley Hike 1: Southeastern Hills

Ready to explore the Livermore Valley's beautiful wineries on foot? Be prepared for some moderate up-and-down walking in this picturesque part of the Livermore wine region, where vineyards and open space predominate.

These wineries are on or near Greenville Road, which turns into Crane Ridge Road at the end. Wineries easily spotted from the road or have good signage. Starting at Charles R Vineyards is recommended, then pick and choose from among the possibilities. An appointment is required at Wood Family Vineyards, which is on a private road; visitors will need a gate code.

Charles R Vineyards

John Marion, left, part owner of Big White House and John Evan Cellars, pours a tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon in Livermore, Calif., on Saturday, March 13,
John Marion, left, part owner of Big White House and John Evan Cellars, pours a tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon in Livermore, Calif., on Saturday, March 13, 2010. (Doug Duran/Staff Archives)

This winery offers access to its picnic facilities with wine purchase, and plenty of parking. Open noon to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays at 8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore; www.charlesrvineyards.com

Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars

Enjoy two family owned wineries with one stop. John Evan Marion, winemaker at John Evan Cellars, shares a tasting room with his father's Big White House Winery. Open noon to 4:30 p.m. weekends. Tastings are $5 per person. 6800 Greenville Road, Livermore; www.bigwhitehouse.com

Red Feather Winery & Vineyard


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Taste wines from three local wineries here. Enjoy nice views and picnic facilities with wine purchase. Open noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. 5700 Greenville Road, Livermore; www.redfeatherwinery.com

White Crane Winery

Sip wine while enjoying nice views from noon to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Tastings are $5 per person. 5405 Greenville Road, Livermore; www.whitecranewinery.com

McGrail Vineyards

Nice views, picnic facilities (with wine purchase) and tastings for $10 per person from noon to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore; www.mcgrailvineyards.com

Bent Creek Winery

This winery is a quarter-mile off Greenville Road proper. Picnic facilities are available with wine purchase, and tastings, held noon to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, are $5 for groups of more than six people. 5455 Greenville Road, Livermore; www.bentcreekwinery.com

Wood Family Vineyards

Open by appointment only, this winery offers pleasant views and picnic facilities with wine purchase. 7702 Cedar Mountain Drive, Livermore; www.woodfamilyvineyards.com