Winemaker/Founder Phil Long of Longevity Wines began his journey makin...
Winemaker/Founder Phil Long of Longevity Wines began his journey making wine in his garage with his wife Debra. Today, with almost two decades of winemaking experience and a list of awards too long to print, Winemaker Phil Sr. and Assistant Winemaker Phil Jr. continue the journey with the constant of always improving in place. “In the business of winemaking, the minute you think you know it all, it’s time to get out,” says Phil Sr. who also serves as president of the Association of African American Vintners.
Phil and Debra started an online wine club as a business in 2003. Utilizing their licenses for that business, began making wine in the Livermore Valley in 2006 under the Longevity label, using other wineries’ facilities. It was only a matter of time before production was moved to Longevity’s own facility in Livermore. Yearly production gradually ramped from 500 cases per year to the current production of 3,000. At Longevity’s facility in Livermore, the wines are produced in small lots to maintain a hands-on approach to quality control. “We handle everything from bin to bottle,” says Phil Jr.
“The Longevity Phil-osophy (pun intended) is to focus on the experience of enjoying quality wine: the food you had with it, the place you enjoyed it and the friends you shared the wine with. It’s those pairings that makes great memories,” says Phil Sr. “Everyone who visits the tasting room is treated like family, and they always bring back friends to share the experience.” Father and son enjoy the challenge that making multiple varietals brings and approach each one with the same dedication.
Longevity Wines Chardonnay 2018Chardonnay from California
Longevity Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Cabernet Sauvignon from California