Wente Vineyards, the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country is located just 30 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area in the Livermore Valley.
Coastal fog and marine breezes come in from the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay and cool the valley's warm air, resulting in warm days and cool nights - ideal conditions for producing fully-ripened, balanced fruit and equally conducive for contemplative writing.
When it’s time for a break you can enjoy a scenic bike ride through the vineyards or take a hike in nearby Del Valle Regional Park. The three bedroom cottage at Wente Vineyards provides a lovely writing retreat for qualified applicants in the heart of the Livermore Valley and is suitable as a co-retreat for two or three collaborators or writing partners. Wente Vineyards has two onsite restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Meals are not provided as part of the residency.) The charming towns of Pleasanton and Livermore are a short drive away offering many cafes, markets, and coffee shops.