Timeline
  1. 1883

    1883

    Carl H. Wente, a German immigrant, purchases 47 acres of vineyard land in the Livermore Valley and builds a winery.

  2. 1933

    1933

    Wente produces and releases the nation’s first varietally labeled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Second generation winegrower Herman Wente helps found California’s Wine Institute.

  3. 1949

    1949

    Karl L. Wente

    Third generation winegrower Karl L. Wente joins the winery, expanding national and developing international distribution. He becomes a tireless spokesman for the California wine industry, and assists many fledgling growers and vintners.

  4. 1977

    1977

    Fourth generation winegrowers Eric, Philip and Carolyn Wente head operations of the winery, continuing vineyard expansion in the Livermore Valley and Monterey appellations (now farming approximately 3,000 acres).

  5. 1986

    1986

    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards opens, becoming California’s third winery restaurant. The Concerts at Wente Vineyards annual series is launched; attracting top entertainers and thousands of guests annually.

  6. 1989

    1989

    The Wente family forms international joint ventures and expands exports. Today, Wente Vineyards is exported to more than 70 countries.

  7. 1998

    1998

    The Course at Wente Vineyards, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman is opened, further enhancing the Livermore Valley wine country lifestyle.

  8. 2004

    2004

    The Nth Degree

    The Wente family introduces The Nth Degree, a line of ultra-premium wines hand-crafted by Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl D. Wente.

  9. 2010

    2010

    Wente Family Estates receives certification for its sustainability with respect to vineyard, winery and company practices with the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation.

  10. 2011

    2011

    Wente Family Estates is awarded American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

  11. 2012

    2012

    The Wente Family celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Wente clone of Chardonnay, brought to California from Montpellier, France. Today, the majority of all Chardonnay plated in California is derived from the Wente clone.

  12. 2013

    2013

    Wente Vineyards celebrates 130 years as the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery.

  1. 1883
  2. 1933
  3. 1949
  4. 1977
  5. 1986
  6. 1989
  7. 1998
  8. 2004
  9. 2010
  10. 2011
  11. 2012
  12. 2013