Explore the Oakland Urban Wine Trail
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 5:00 PM
Yes, we love California Wine Country. We really do. But, oh, the traffic. The tour buses, the elbow-to-elbow tasting rooms. The $450 per night hotel rooms. Lucky for us, enterprising, talented winemakers have done something completely brilliant. They bring grapes--those outstanding, juicy, berry-ish reds as well as bright whites from famous wine lands--to the shores of Oakland. They blend, barrel and bottle them here. They get to name them -- The Day Job, Les Enfants Terribles and The Imposter -- to reflect their Oakland roots. We get to drink them. Thank you, Oakland winemakers.
Explore The Trail
One of the easiest ways to see three to four wineries is on the East Bay Winery Bike Tour. You push off at Jack London Square for a full-day adventure that includes a picnic lunch and stops at three to four wineries.
10 Clay St
Just feet off the Oakland Ferry Terminal, you will find a true urban gem that attracts fans from around the world that enjoy the unique, relaxed atmosphere and wide variety of California sourced Zinfidels, Pinots, Chardonnays, and other Rhone varietals. Located in the heart of Jack London Square's dining and entertainment scene. Enjoy a tasting, have a glass, or share a bottle with your friends while enjoying the waterfront seating with a breathtaking view of the bay.
3rd and Broadway
Brooklyn West is an urban winery in Oakland's Jack London Square. Their mission is to share their enthusiasm for wine and to bring the people of Oakland and the Bay Area world-class wines. You’ll love the fun, approachable and unpretentious atmosphere of the tasting room.
95 Linden St
Campovida focuses on hand crafting small lots of Rhone and Italian varietals. The grapes are sourced from Mendocino sustainable, organic and biodynamic vineyards. The winemaking approach is minimalistic, and lets the vineyard's expression come through the wine.
55 Fourth St
Old World inspiration and New World style: the winemakers Anne and Michael Dashe specialize in exceptional vineyards and balanced, complex wines. Oakland's largest working winery- you can taste their wines and see a winery in action. Make sure to visit the new outdoor wine garden!
100 Webster St
2011 saw the opening of Tudal winery's second homestead, Cerruti Cellars, and tasting room in urban Jack London Square. Visit the many growing and winemaking relics from the past along with their current award-winning wines.
200 2nd Suite 1
The wines are created as perfect complements to the local food; diverse flavors, honest ingredients, sophisticated yet approachable style. These wines are made in America's most diverse city, Oakland. Disruption is about breaking down myths, urban legends, making wines of uncompromising balance and elegance.
2102 Dennison St
State left handcrafts small lot wines featuring classic Rhone varieties (think Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, and Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, and a little ROussane) in not so classic combinations- from some of the top vineyards in California. Their wines are consistently among the top-rated in the Bay Area.
477 25th St
Two Mile Wines makes wine full of personality, like that eccentric, charming friend you always invite to dinner. Farmed organically or bio dynamically, but not in a granola sort of way. Wine snobs need not visit. These wines are for drinking, not judging.
518 9th St
The full selection of Periscope Cellars wines can be tasted (free & on-tap!) at Deep Roots Wine Bar inside of Historic Swan’s Market where you can also enjoy amazing pizza and salads from their partners at Hen House. Their extended hours and excellent variety of food provides an excellent ending to a day of local wine tasting.
Download the Oakland Urban Wine Trail map, book a hotel or schedule tastings at oaklandurbanwinetrail.com.