Bedford Winery 448 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440    805-344-2107

Established in 1993, the winery is located next to 42 acres of estate vines in the hills of the Los Alamos Valley. They're part of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. The Vineyard was first planted in 1990 by David Thompson to Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc. In 1996 and a small amount of Grenache, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Pinot Gris was added.

The winery is probably best known for its distinctive Syrah.  They produce a broad array of wines, however, and their wonderful tasting room really calls you to linger. Wines produced include dry barrel-fermented Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

Sharing the rolling hillsides of Los Alamos Valley are cattle ranches and premium wine grape vineyards. The area is close enough to the coast to create the cool growing season so great for Rhone varietals. Coming in to the community of Los Alamos, you will quickly notice the gentle pace of this one-street town. There are several storefront wine-tasting facilities in town, with Bedford Winery's 300-square-foot tasting room being the largest.

The long narrow and tasting room, with its rustic garden patio, is housed in an old wood and plaster building in the center of town. The large wine bar was custom made. There are an antique bureau and dusty wine bottles decorating this funky, yesteryear tasting room. The patio is shaded with a giant Chinese Elm tree accompanied by a fountain and picnic tables. Local music, wine, music, theatrical and food events are often  hosted here.