Located in Historic Alameda Point

Reader's Choice Top Ten Tasting Rooms in the US - 2017

Building 43 Winery specializes in handcrafted, sustainable, small-batch varietals from the Sierra Foothills. Our tasting room is a refurbished historic Naval Aviation EOD Locker adorned with custom metal works, wine barrels, and military memorabilia. Sip wine from the comfort of our tasting room or mosey outside to our garden patio – complete with fireplace and steps away from stunning panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay skyline.

We are pet-friendly & 21+

We love children as much as anyone (we actually have quite a few between the two of us!) – however, due to our small size and our close proximity to a busy road, we ask that you enjoy your visit without your children (infants and small children kept in strollers are welcome).

A History of Alameda Point

Delicious wines in a comfortable light industrial space

Alameda Point – site of Alameda’s historic Naval shipyard and air station – is comprised of 852 acres of prime real estate, boasting stunning panoramic views of San Francisco. Natural open space and expansive parklands include more than eight miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail, pedestrian paths, wildlife refuges, and of course, the stunning Alameda shoreline. We are a quick drive from historic downtown district, charming Victorian-era homes, and many local restaurants and cafes.

Alameda Today

Alameda is home to major computer software, energy efficiency, healthcare/biotech, maritime industrial, and food and beverage companies.  

Alamedan Activities

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Visit Building 43 Winery

Building 43 Winery is located in historic “Spirits Alley” – an eclectic collection of tasting rooms, distilleries, and specialty beverage companies on Monarch Street. We are just a few minutes’ walk from stunning panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and easy access to the greater East Bay.

  • 6.7 miles from Oakland International Airport
  • AC Transit, BART, and SF Bay Ferry accessible

Blast from the Past

Building 43 Winery is steps away from the historic Point Alameda waterfront, charming Victorian homes, and year-round recreation options.

Our Vines - The Sierra Foothills AVA

Crafted with care, from vine to glass

The Sierra Foothills AVA is comprised of 2.6 million acres spread across eight counties: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumne, and Yuba. The first wine grapes were planted during the gold rush and it was formally recognized by as a distinct appellation on November 18, 1987. 

Our Winemaker - Tod Hickman

While working and living in Sonoma County, Tod pursued passion for wine-making; utilizing every opportunity to learn and intern in the winemaking business. In 2002 Tod purchased property in the Sierra Foothills and a few years later moved his family onto what has since become an estate winery with an on-site tasting room.

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A Timeline of Alameda’s History

From sleepy seaside town to bustling industrial center

1820

Alameda was formerly part of Peralta’s Rancho San Antonio - a land grant given by California Governor Pablo Vicente de la Sola in 1820.

1853

Three settlements of which would eventually become Alameda are founded: Alameda, Hibbardsville, and Woodstock. The city was originally a peninsula off of modern downtown Oakland.

1854

City of Alameda is incorporated, with 100 residents at that time. It becomes a charter city in 1903 - one of the first to adopt the council-manager form of government, which it holds to this day.

1864

Rail and ferry introduced. The first Transcontinental Railroad train to travel to the SF Bay Area arrived at the Alameda Terminal (currently Alameda Point) on September 6, 1869.

1872

Alameda Charter is passed - incorporating all areas of the island into Alameda.

1880's

“Coney Island of the West” - Alameda was renowned as the largest beach on SF Bay, amusement center, and ease of access to the major cultural centers of San Francisco and Oakland.

1902

Canal dug between Oakland and Alameda to facilitate more efficient shipping.

1917

Opening of historic Neptune Beach, operated as the “Coney Island of the West Coast” until the Great Depression.

1927

Alameda airport is built upon wetlands on the west end of Alameda island.

1938

Congress commissions a naval air station in Alameda - which would play a pivotal role in WWII. The base was closed in 1997. Map of NAS Alameda

1967

The Alameda Airport is renamed Nimitz Field in honor of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

2014

City of Alameda recognizes “Spirits Alley” - a half-mile portion along Monarch Street at Alameda Point.