McGrail Vineyards


The Story of McGrail Vineyards

Award Winning Cabernet in the Livermore Valley!

McGrail Vineyards is a family owned winery specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. On the hilltop of Greenville Road the vineyard enjoys the morning fog and afternoon sun. The winery is a vineyard driven operation that considers itself a foremost proponet of the potential of the Livermore Valley. The vineyard is managed with sustainability and quality in mind.

Discovering McGrail Vineyards tasting room is to uncover a unique winery where the passion to craft the finest Cabernet Sauvignon is equal to creating an unforgettable experience where outstanding customer service is a must.

The McGrail family is warm, passionate, and down-to earth. They strive to take the "snobiness" out of wine tasting. Intimidation is unheard of and the tasting room feels a bit like home, with big screen TV's and loud noises!

The McGrails invite you to taste their small lot wines, picnic, explore the vineyard, and enjoy the panoramic views from their hilltop tasting room. 

Jim and Ginger McGrail planted the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in 1999 and originally sold all fruit to Steven Kent Winery. In 2003, the McGrail family along with the help of Rhonda Wood made a barrel to enjoy with friends and family. The following vintage one barrel turned into five, and by 2005 the McGrail's were starting production on 1,000 cases of wine.

By the end of 2005, the McGrails decided to venture into the production side of the wine business and started planning for a winery. After almost three years, Jim and Ginger, asked their daughter, Heather, to move back to the Bay Area to help them open the winery and tasting room. Together they finished the estate tasting room and winery and celebrated their Grand Opening in April, 2008. In 2009, their daughter-in-law, Rachel McGrail, joined the business. Completing the family circle, Jim and Ginger's youngest daughter, Shannon, joined the team in 2012. The winery is truly a family business with everyone involved.

In September 2009, the McGrails hired Mark Clarin as their winemaker. With his experience and ability to produce world class wines the McGrails are thrilled to have him as part of the team.

 

Before pruning McGrail Vineyards

Heather and Ginger

Bud Break at McGrail Vineyards

Jim McGrail helping out in the cellar.

Verasion in the Vineyard

Jim, Ginger, and Heather

Hand Picking the McGrail Vineyard

Our fabulous winemaker,
Mark Clarin

Checking the fruit for quality

Grandkids running in the vineyard