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Wente Vineyards Partners with AMTRAK for California Wine Month

13 September, 2012

Livermore, CA – In honor of California Wine Month this September, America’s rail line, AMTRAK, will highlight two wines from America’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards, on the Coast Starlight train.   Featured will be Wente Vineyards’ crisp “Morning Fog” Chardonnay as well as their rich, yet balanced, “Southern Hills” Cabernet Sauvignon. AMTRAK is proud to have been selected as a national partner for California Wine Month and looks forward to sharing the flavors of California and Wente Vineyards with their passengers during this month-long celebration.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Wente Vineyards bringing Chardonnay cuttings from France to California, which has become the most widely planted Chardonnay clone in the state. Many other significant firsts from the Wente family, including varietal labeling and a long-standing commitment to sustainability, have established the family as a beachhead in California winemaking history.

Wente Vineyards continues to be the premier wine choice for travelers around the world. Early to export their wines and make them available to travelers both domestically and internationally, their wines are served aboard top international airlines and cruise lines, including American Airlines, Delta, Virgin, United, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruise Lines among others.

About Wente Vineyards

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide.  In 2010, Wente Vineyards was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today, the Wente clone of Chardonnay is the most widely planted in California.

Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations. The property features wine tasting, world-class concerts, award-winning fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit

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