The stubby open sided diesel powered ATV bumps as it turns as it snorts as it growls as it climbs and descends all the terrain of the hillside vineyard of Las Positas College on Livemore’s northern slopes. Stocky, enthusiastic David Everett is at the wheel of the ATV and of the college’s Viticulture and Wine Technology program. His rubber boots are made for winemaking,
Climbing a rise, he points out the mature vines of Iberian grapes, and the newer grafted over plantings. “This is the only Alberiño vineyard in the Livermore Valley appellation,” says David. He adds that Brett Caires of BoaVentura de Caires Winery wants all the college can grow. Brett blends it with Sauvignon Blanc for a “White Wine” that is excellent with turkey. Las Positas College vineyards also grow Iberian varieties Tempranillo, Graciano, and Touriga Nacional along with Rhône varieties Grenache, Mourve-dre, Syrah, and Viognier and a bit of Sauvignon Blanc.