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Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Video Tour

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery

2000 Denmark Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-5277

Tasting:   June to mid Oct. - Mid Oct. to May open 11am - 5:30pm 11am - 4:30pm
Tasting fee $10 for six wines
10% off case, 15% off 2 or more cases
  Tours by Appointment
Tours by appointment at 2:30 daily, on weekends at 11 & 2:30 by appointment
  Wine Caves
Price Range:   $20 to $75 per bottle
Established:   1858
Vineyards:   320 acres
  25,000 cases

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Description

Hard to pronounce, easy to drink, a pleasure to visit, this sixth-generation winemaking enterprise knows how to treat visitors, make wine and have a good time.

In 1857, Bavarian-born Jacob Gundlach purchased a 400-acre parcel of land in Sonoma, naming it Rhine-Farm. Charles Bundschu, from Mannheim, Germany, joined the business in 1868 and later married into the family. Today, Jim and Jeff Bundschu run the operation, with Linda Trotta as winemaker.

As you enter the property you pass a huge, brightly painted mural of a grape harvest emblazoned on a winery wall. Then head down a pathway to the tasting room and enter the original stone winery building. The atmosphere is cool, relaxed and fun. The tasting crew guides you through their current releases or the reserve offerings with style, wit and aplomb. There are wine accessories, light snacks and some neat gift items for sale.

Outside there is a beautiful olive grove, and a patio overlooking the winery pond with tables and chairs for lounging. Across the way is a trail up the wooded hillside, where rustic picnic tables are scattered about under the oaks. Up by the parking area is an amphitheater, where an active spring/summer program of movies, music and events are staged. Nearby you can’t miss the entrance to their 10,000 square feet of wine caves, where over 1,800 barrels are stored.

The best-known wines here are their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine has a specific barrel program, but in general the Pinot, Chardonnay and Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon see French oak only; Zinfandels see American oak only; and the rest of the red wines follow a mix of approximately 75 percent French and 25 percent American oak.

Approximately 70 percent of the estate is planted to Bordeaux or Burgundian varietals, with 30 percent planted to other special limited-production varietals such as Zinfandel, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. They also produce an estate Tempranillo.

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
German, Reisling, Gewurztraminer
Estate Grown Wines
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Wine Caves
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
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Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Reviews

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Great wines, great fun, great people
rangiporo, Albuquerque
They were celebrating their 150 anniversary and everyone seemed to be in the spirit! The tasting room was redone but has the flavor of the old building. The wines are terrific. We loved the Merlot and the Cab Franc. Signed up for the wine club (WOMERS) and hope to be able to see their play about the history of the winery in San Francisco.

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Great Place for Wine Tasting
Rocko, Los Gatos
Can't miss this showplace by the lake. Yes there is this little pond where you can sit outside the tasting room on a large patio and take in the sites and sounds of their attractive winery property. We didn't do it but it looked like great picnic areas on the adjacent hillside. Loved the wines and will be back with more friends.

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Pronunciation Hint: Gun. Lock. Bun. Shoe.
Tina, Benecia
(The vineyard trucks here have a bumper sticker with pictures of a pistol (gun), a padlock (lock), a pastry bun (bun), and a boot (shoe) as a pronunciation guide!) Loved the family photographs on the tasting room wall. The tasting room has been redone following a previous visit- it used to be more funky (colorful wooden parrots, etc.) but has not lost its sense of humor with the new update. I enjoyed the cave tour, which was led by a funny and knowledgeable guy with a great (Aussie?) accent who talked us through the whole winemaking process as we got to see the barrels in the hillside cave, view maps of the property, and talk about the soils and management in the vineyards and how that affects the wines. (We did not have reservations for the cave tour, but it was easy to join the group that happened to be leaving soon after we arrived.) I especially liked their Zinfandel (a wonderful, wild, unique example of California Zin, I think from old vines.) Definitely worth a visit.

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