Welcome to the East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), and thank you for your interest in our growing organization. As part of the East Bay’s urban renaissance, EBVA members contribute to the exciting, hip food and wine scene that reflects the flowering of the locovore movement. Along with restaurateurs, these urban vintners are transforming formerly unused or abandoned buildings into thriving locally managed businesses that are attracting scores of customers and visitors to our area.
Winemaking in an urban environment has a long history in the Bay Area. Prior to the early 20th century, most winemaking in Northern California was conducted in the cities of San Francisco and Richmond. Grapes were brought in from the surrounding vineyards, usually by rail, and the wine was produced on a large commercial scale. It could then be easily distributed by rail or sea.
The cooler temperatures of the inner bay and easy access to world-class vineyards are the secrets to the recent rise and success of the EBVA. Passionate winemakers priced out of costly vineyard land can fulfill their dreams by making wine in a warehouses or repurposing other old buildings hugging the San Francisco Bay. Their offerings include many small-production, artisanal wines, such as Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, perennial California favorites such as chardonnays and cabs, and even a modern-day version of mead
We invite you to visit the tasting rooms of our EBVA wineries and sample the delicious results of their efforts. And while you’re at it, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment, shopping and restaurant choices you’ll find here in the Urban Wine Country
— Fred Dick, President of EBVA