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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blacksmith Square in Downtown Livermore

Blacksmith Square Livermore
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Blacksmith Square is a Downtown Livermore Gem

Located at the corner of South Livermore and Railroad Avenues, Blacksmith Square is the perfect starting point for a Livermore Valley wine tasting experience. The blacksmith shop has been gone for more than 70 years, and the brick buildings accommodated a number of farm equipment and automobile repair businesses up until the close of V&G Mufflers—The Oldest Muffler Company in the Tri-Valley! I must have walked past the nondescript muffler shop a thousand times while growing up in Livermore. Its brick walls were painted white and the building itself had very few architectural features, unless you count roll-up garage doors.

A major renovation of Blacksmith Square was initiated in November 2004, and occupation of the shops began in the summer of 2006. The buildings were sandblasted, which unveiled locally made red bricks that were installed more than a century before when the original blacksmith shop was constructed.

Former winery occupants of Blacksmith Square include Hidden Creek Wine, Retzlaff Vineyard, Big White House Winery, John Evan Cellars, and Thomas Coyne Winery.

Parking is plentiful, and a number of popular downtown Livermore restaurants, theaters, and shops are within easy walking distance. You can also bring sandwiches or snacks and enjoy a picnic in the airy courtyard, a popular spot for live music and art exhibits throughout the year. Artistic Edge represents more than 45 local and regional artists. Visit often to view the revolving gallery of unique fine art products and gift items.



A Pictorial History of Blacksmith Square
Watercolor Illustration by Rich Sigberman (MapCo Marketing)

John Christopher Cellars


Courtesy of eLivermore.com and Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Map Courtesy of Livermore Valley Wine Map & Visitor's Guide


Swirl on the Square
21 South Livermore Avenue, Suite 105

Swirl on the Square is Livermore's premiere wine and tapas bar, a place to meet friends and enjoy outstanding local wines paired with tantalizing appetizers.
Blacksmith Square Livermore
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino


Victorine Valley Farms
21 South Livermore Avenue, Suite 101

Victorine Valley Farms offers a wide variety of olive oil and balsamic vinegar products, along with olive oil soaps, accessories, and gift packages. Stop by the tasting room to sample estate grown Livermore Valley olive oil, selected extra virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, and unique balsamic vinegars.
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino


Vintage Wine Tasting Sign

John Christopher Cellars
25 South Livermore Avenue, Suite 103
(925) 456-WINE (9463)


Great American Main Street Award (2009)
Featuring Photographs of Historic Blacksmith Square



Livermore Wineaux Wine Bottles with Rope Font Ringer T-Shirts
Available in Many Colors, Sizes, and Styles

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