If you think all wineries are fancy places that only some enjoy, you haven’t been to McGrail Vineyards. This family-owned Northern California winery prides itself on being a down-to-earth spot where everyone is welcome and having fun is priority number one.

With the first seeds planted by Robert Livermore in the 1840’s, Livermore Valley is among California’s oldest wine producing regions. In addition to over 4,000 acres of vineyards and 50+ wineries, the region’s the historic center of California Chardonnay.

“According to the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, roughly 80% of California’s Chardonnay vines trace their genetic roots to a Livermore Valley clone.” – Forbes

McGrail staff holding wines, and Terra Outdoor's Tiburon sofas in lounge seating area.
Staff at the McGrail Vineyard holding wines
Tiburon sofas in the outdoor lounge area at McGrail Vineyards

(pictured above) McGrail Vineyard’s staff showcasing their wine and Tiburon sofas paired with Belvedere coffee tables in the outdoor seating area.

McGrail’s Origins in the Livermore Valley Wine Region

Founded in April 2008 by Jim and Ginger McGrail (who had been growing grapes since 1999), the vineyards lay 45 miles east of San Francisco. The setting is perfect for catching a concert, enjoying a picnic and great small-lot wine – especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Expansive grounds overlook nearby rolling hills, providing a scenic backdrop for local musicians, food festivals and special events.

Cabernet Sauvignon vines growing in Livermore Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the vine in Livermore

Furnishing the Outdoor Space

In 2021, Ginger and Heather McGrail (the president of the winery) decided to replace the folding furniture used throughout their lounge areas. They did research and started to explore all the outdoor furniture stores in the area.

Ginger preferred the stability of aluminum outdoor tables and seating, fearing that wicker might not last. With the help of a designer friend, the mother-daughter duo spent many hours browsing local shops and evaluating options in person. According to Heather, she and her mom “really wanted to touch and feel all the furniture” to ensure the right fit.

Terra Outdoor dining furniture and guests enjoying free wine tasting at McGrail Vineyards
Belvedere and Bistro dining furniture
Guests in Livermore Valley wine region enjoying a tasting

(pictured above) The Belvedere extendable dining table paired with Bistro folding dining chairs, along with McGrail Vineyards guests enjoying a wine tasting.

Partnering with Terra Outdoor

While visiting the Terra Outdoor showroom in San Ramon, the McGrail family found furniture they really liked. They continued looking elsewhere, but didn’t see anything they wanted as much as pieces from the Tiburon and Belvedere collections.

Making several trips back to Terra to be sure, they partnered with store manager Carlos Montecino and his knowledgeable staff. “Carlos and his team were super-helpful – I asked a million questions,” Ginger said. In the end, both her friend and her son ultimately bought outdoor furniture from Terra, too.

A collage highlighting the expansive grounds and outdoor seating areas at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore Valley wine country.

Delivery Was A Snap

Getting the furniture delivered to the winery was also a wonderful experience. “The Terra team was amazing and great to work with,” said Heather. “They set up the furniture perfectly the day before we had an event and got rid of all the packaging. It all went so well.”

In addition to the outdoor furniture, the McGrails also purchased covers to protect their investments. Ginger said, “The furniture is always covered unless we’re using it.”

“The covers have stayed on and held up well,” Heather added, noting multiple big storms that hit the Livermore Valley wine region earlier this year. “They’re super-easy to use.”

collage featuring cabernet grapes, wine in glass, and guests seated in outdoor lounge area having a picnic

Visit McGrail Vineyards in Livermore Valley’s Wine Country

Now, guests of the McGrail Vineyards can relax on the Tiburon lounge furniture and eat at the Belvedere dining tables. So, if you’re in the Livermore area, stop by to enjoy fine wine, fun entertainment and friendly people in Terra style and comfort.


To learn more go to: mcgrailvineyards.com