Food & Drink

September 27, 2014

Bouchaine Vineyards, a taste of history in every glass

Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District. Bouchaine began making wine long before the region earned its reputation for producing the great Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Carneros today.

Bouchaine’s History
The land was first owned by a Missouri native with the rather remarkable name of Boon Fly.  Fly grew grapes and fruit trees on the property in the late 1880s.  In 1927, an Italian winemaker named Johnny Garetto purchased the parcel that is today’s Bouchaine.  Beringer bought the estate from Garetto in 1951 and used it as a storage and blending facility until 1981, when a partnership that included the current owners, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, purchased the winery and surrounding land.  At the time, only a few winemaking pioneers realized the potential for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros.

Massive renovation of the property continued for the next two decades. From the maturing of their new vines to ongoing modernization of the winery, by 1996, the overall renovation of the winery had been completed, bringing a casually elegant style to Bouchaine. Bouchaine produces 22,000 cases of wine a year, small enough to keep quality control under a watchful eye, and large enough to share the Bouchaine love around the country.

Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay This wine comes from vines dating to Bouchaine’s original plantings in 1981, growing on the Napa Valley Carneros hillsides. It’s a true expression of Chardonnay—bright, citrusy flavors touched with a hint of oak. Its fruit flavors, bright acidity, and notable texture come together for the making of an elegant, stylish wine. SRP $30

Bouchaine Pinot Noir 2009 This wine highlights classic Carneros fruit that the region is so notably famous for, pomegranate, plum and cherry fruit flavors, offset by hints of coffee and toffee.  The many layers of this wine lends itself to a silky, lingering finish. SRP $35

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