"Fran and I started Fenestra Winery in 1976 at the old Ruby Hill/Stony Ridge Winery. As I recall, there were only 5 wineries at that time: Wente, Concannon,
Villa Armando, Stony Ridge and Fenestra. I was still teaching Chemistry full-time at San Jose State University, and we were living in San Jose. We moved our winery to our present location in 1980. We have seen remarkable changes in the Livermore Valley with the planting of new vineyards and the emergence of new wineries (now 35)." - Lanny Replogle, Owner
Fenestra in introducing different flights of wines for tasting in the tasting room. Please click here for more details!
We have been doing very well at recent competitions. At the new World International Wine Competition, founded by Jerry Mead, our 2007 Conjugation won the highest red wine award – Best new World Red Wine, Best of Varietal, Best of Class, and double Gold! The 2009 Graciano got a Double Gold, Best of Varietal, and Best of Class, and the 2008 Cabernet Franc won a Gold Medal. Silver Medals were awarded to 2010 Semonnay, 2008 Petit Verdot, 2007 Tourvanillo, 2009 Lodi Tempranillo, 2008 Petite Sirah, and 2009 Lodi Malbec.
At the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi our wines earned 6 Platinum and 8 Gold Medals. Only 35 Platinum medals were given, and we earned 6 of them! Fenestra wines winning Platinum medals and their points scored were: 2006 Conjugation, 97 points (no wine scored higher!); 2009 Lodi Malbec, 96; 2009 Graciano, 95; 2007 Thatcher Bay Cabernet Sauvignon, 94; 2008 Cabernet Franc, 94; and 2008 Ghielmetti Cabernet Sauvignon, 94. Those winning Gold Medals (89-93 points) were: 2008 Estate Syrah, 2007 Tourvanillo, 2008 Petite Sirah, 2009 Lodi Tempranillo, 2010 Pinot Gris, 2008 Mourvedre, and True Red, Lot 26.
2012 Riverside International Wine Competition Awards: The 2009 Lodi Tempranillo won the Chairman’s Award, Unanimous Gold, Best of Class. Other Gold Medals went to the 2007 Thatcher Bay Cab, 2009 Touriga, & 2007 Tourvanillo. Silver Medals went to 2009 Lodi Malbec and 2007 Conjugation. Bronze Medals went to the Tawny Port, 2009 Grenache, 2008 Thatcher Bay Merlot, 2008 Ghielmetti Petite Sirah, & 2010 Semonnay.
Fenestra's 2004 Port received a platinum medal at the 2011 New World International Wine Competition. This Port vintage also received recognition for Best New World Port, Best Varietal, and Best of Class.
Other varietals received recognition as well: we received a gold medal for the 2008 Zinfandel, and silvers for the 2009 Pinot Gris, 2007 Touriga, 2007 Alvarelhao, 2008 Tempranillo.
and Lanny Replogle, owners of Fenestra Winery, celebrate 30 years
of award winning winemaking in the Livermore Valley With a Ph.D.
in Organic Chemistry, owner Lanny Replogle’s aim is to produce
flavorful well-balanced wines with a lot of varietal character.
“I like the challenge of making each varietal, each year, an individual
The charming winery site dates back to the 19th century when George
True, a German immigrant, constructed the winery building and planted
the first vineyards on the property.
The tasting room is open
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 PM. At Fenestra you can taste
wines inside the winery surrounded by wine aging in barrels, and
in the company of Fenestra Fanatics, immensely loyal and enthusiastic
members of Fenestra’s Wine Club. A creek and vineyards edge the
shaded picnic area. The ambiance is that of no-frills, country winery
where the owners greet every visitor as a welcome guest, and the
guests soon become old friends.
We will be open 12-3PM on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31). We will be closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1).
We promptly stop pouring wine at 5PM.
Take a tour of the tasting room!
We have started a regular
program of sampling up to three library wines for a nominal fee
of $5.00 ($3.00 for Fanatics). These wines are available in limited
quantities for purchase. We have poured several wines, including
'89 Merlot, '92 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley and '96 Zinfandel,
Lodi. These tastings are very popular. However, since the quantities
of these wines are quite limited, the lineup will change periodically.