Fenestra Winery was founded in 1976 by the Replogle family on the historic Ruby Hill property in the Livermore Valley. At the time Lanny and Fran Replogle established Fenestra Vineyards and Winery there were only four others in the area: Wente, Concannon, Villa Armando and Stony Ridge. In 1980 Fenestra occupied the century-old George True Winery building which is now part of the Ruby Hill development featuring a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, homes and 900 acres of vineyards. Fenestra wines are primarily produced utilizing Livermore Valley grapes according to our Fenestra wine reviews. Along with the popular international grape varieties, Fenestra focuses on Spanish and Portuguese varieties including Verdelho, Garnacha/Grenache, Tempranillo, Touriga and even Graciano. Their annual production averages around 7,500 cases which is overseen by head winemaker Brent Amos. For more information on these wines be sure to check out our Fenestra wine ratings below.
A great find from the Livermore Valley, whose pockets of coolness lend complexity to the valley’s wines, this Syrah is delicate and lively, feminine in style with subtle fruit and sage notes and nicely wound acid.
With touches of honeycomb and Granny Smith apple, this delightfully lush blend of 51% Chardonnay and 49% Sémillon from Livermore, partially barrel fermented in oak, is a creamy, medium-bodied white wine that would pair magically with shellfish or a warm goat cheese salad. A real steal at the price, too, and a fun bottle to expose to friends.
Here’s a really nice Port-style wine, sweet but not too sweet, with crisp acidity and chocolate, raspberry tart and cassis flavors. A blend of traditional Port varieties with a splash of Syrah, it’s delicious now with chocolate.
A crisp wine that shows why this region east of San Francisco was renowned for Sauvignon Blanc 100 years ago. There’s a firm mineral tang to the lemongrass, fig, green melon and papaya flavors, and the finish, while thoroughly dry, has a honeyed richness.
A really nice, dry wine that stimulates the mouth with crisp acidity, then offers waves of interesting, complex flavors. Lemons, limes and pineapples are accented with richer notes of papayas and honeysuckle, finishing in a swirl of spice. Good as an exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Another delicious Mourvèdre from Fenestra’s estate that’s invitingly earthy, spilling over with dark plum and sweet blackberry aromas and a taste of spicy cardamom. Very bright and light in taste, the wine’s body has enough heft to pair with big-boned meals and a lot of spiciness. Drink now.
Here, Fenestra has made a red-fruit-forward, plummy, full, round, juicy Syrah, with good structure and a pleasing taste of tea biscuit on the finish. Ready to drink now, it’s best paired with roasted chicken.
Intensely peppery, enough to turn off some tasters but turn on others, depending on your individual stylistic preferences. Besides pepper, there’s some lavender-like floral notes and a decent helping of red berry fruit along with a supple, easygoing mouthfeel.