The Tri-Valley is a dedicated to becoming a hot spot for innovative eco-tourism, offering its visitors the added bonus of traveling in our region while reducing their carbon foot-print. Between zero-emission electric bike rides, touring bio-dynamic vineyards, and chowing down at farm-to-table restaurants, it’s never been easier to go green in the Tri-Valley. Check out some of these eco-friendly activities offered in the area.
Several wineries in the Livermore Valley Wine Country have committed to practices with social and environmental responsibility in mind. Visit one of these wineries for a tasting or ask about joining one of their upcoming vineyard tours.
Wente Vineyards is not only one of the oldest family-owned and operated wineries in California, but they are also one of the few establishments in California that possess certificates of sustainability for their winery, vineyards and wines. Some of their sustainability efforts include reducing energy and water usage, recycling cardboard, glass, and plastic, and using composted fertilizer. Read more about Wente’s sustainable initiatives here. Want to participate? Recycle used corks at any of Wente’s tasting rooms and they’ll be used to create flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, soil condition, and sports equipment. More Info →
Retzlaff Vineyards Winery has been a certified organic winery since 2006. Their vines have been tended for decades using common sense sustainable practices which eliminate the need for chemical intervention. No pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or GMO are ever used in their winemaking process. When you visit Retzlaff, feel free to bring a blanket and some snacks and kick back on their large, shaded lawn area. More Info →
Page Mill Winery has recently converted 3 of its vineyards into biodynamic vineyards. Biodynamic viticulture views the vineyard as an entire ecosystem. It’s the oldest sustainable farming method that predates organic farming by about 20 years, and doesn’t require the use of chemicals. Stop in at Page Mill to taste some of their award-winning organic wines. More Info →
If you need your farm-to-table fix, look no further than the following local favorites. Each of these restaurants source fresh ingredients from local farmers, so their menus tend to change often based on what’s in season.
Sabio on Main is located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton and is surrounded by wine bars, boutiques, and art galleries. This local hot spot possesses the 6 Link award from Good Food 100 for sourcing ingredients locally, a title only 50 restaurants have received. In 2019, they received a Gold rating by EatReal for using natural and healthy ingredients and have committed to buy 100% of their meats from ranches that receive an animal welfare certification from the ASPCA. More Info →
Danville Harvest sits on Hartz Avenue in Danville, and while it boasts an upscale premiere downtown venue, it’s anchored with tried and true family recipes. Chef Humphrey and his team pride themselves in using fresh, organic & locally sourced ingredients in their soul-food inspired dishes to celebrate the bounty of Northern California. While their menu is often changing, you can never go wrong with their crispy Scallion Hushpuppies served with sweet cane sugar syrup butter. More Info →
Range Life in Livermore is a neighborhood restaurant, bar, and market serving only the freshest, highest quality ingredients for both their food and cocktail programs. After opening their doors, it took less than a year for this Tri-Valley eatery to be included in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Range Life regulars will tell you their whole menu is delicious (and they aren’t lying), but you won’t want to walk out their doors without trying one of their most popular appetizers: fresh house-made bread served with their cultured butter and sea salt. More Info →
If you’re in for some exploring, ditch the car and rent electric bikes or book a guided tour at Pedego Livermore. Enjoy zipping through Livermore Valley Wine Country with a variety of different tours to choose from. Their newest tour, the “Tour-de-Tours” includes a guided ride through the vineyards, a visit to Las Positas Vineyards for a food and wine pairing, and a stop at Olivina to taste California Estate Grown Olive Oil. See the link below for general information, additional guided tours, and rental rates. More Info →
Cut down your carbon emissions by hopping on the Livermore Wine Trolley, perfect for couples who want to do some wine tasting without driving or big groups who’d like to taste and tour together. The Livermore Wine Trolley makes three winery stops throughout the Livermore Valley Wine Country, and even includes lunch in the vineyards. More Info →
The Tri-Valley is home to a diverse ecosystem of endangered plants and species, some of which can only be found in this area. Read up on a few unique wildlife experiences that can be enjoyed throughout the Tri-Valley. As exciting as wildlife spottings are, please be sure to keep your distance for your safety and theirs.
Del Valle Regional Park encompasses a 5-mile lake teeming with wildlife and wildflowers. Throughout the year, several water birds can be spotted in and around the lake. Most notably, bald eagles are frequently seen nesting in the trees surrounding the lake. During a visit to Del Valle Regional Park you might also see large colonies of cliff swallows, which build thousands of gourd-shaped nests on rocks and caves along the shoreline.
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Mount Diablo State Park is home to hundreds of rare, endangered or threatened plant species, with 13 of them found only in this Bay Area mountain range and no where else in the world. Wild flowers bloom year-round at Mount Diablo State Park, and come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. Visit Rock City near the South Gate entrance to the park and explore wind caves, interesting rock formations, and grinding rocks used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. More Info →
Sunol Regional Wilderness boasts nearly 7,000 acres of open space that hosts fossil-filled sandstone outcrops, rare bird species, bountiful wildflower varieties, and even a tarantula season! During the fall months, young male tarantulas will emerge from hiding to find a mate. Please walk and drive with caution to prevent squishing these love-struck, yet inexperienced, arachnids. More Info →
Photo Credit: Gerard’Z Honeybees
Support the makers, artists, farmers, and chefs who are responsible for crafting some of the Tri-Valley’s most unique, locally-made products. Whether you’re in search of something to spruce up the house or you’re looking for a special souvenir or gift to commemorate your time in the Tri-Valley, get a head start by checking out the following local vendors.
Shop a variety of 100% raw, unprocessed locally-made honey from Gerard’Z Honeybees. Purchase Gerard’Z Honeybees Honey in various food stores, nurseries, restaurants, health stores, boutiques, breweries, and winery tasting rooms, or via their website. With unique flavors like Avocado honey, Wildflower honey and Blueberry honey, these sweet treats make for great gifts or additions to your pantry. More Info →
Take home a variety of olive oils and vinegars made by Olivina, established in Livermore in 1881. Olivina makes true California extra virgin olive oil from olives grown, harvested, milled and bottles on the historic estate. Olivina products can be purchased via their website, at Pleasanton Farmers’ Market every Saturday, or at the following wineries: Retzlaff Vineyards, Cuda Ridge Winery, Dante Robere Vineyards, Page Mill Winery, Steven Kent Winery. More Info →