Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Established in 1858, Gundlach Bundschu's estate vineyard is located 35 miles north of San Francisco on the southwesterly slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. It's located at the southernmost point in Sonoma Valley, flanked by the Carneros district to the south, Napa Valley to the east and nestled within the larger Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area. Rhinefarm has a unique combination of steep hillsides and cool valley floor sites, allowing us to grow a broad variety of wines at a very high-quality level.

Rhinefarm's terrain below 150-feet elevation is ideally suited for earlier-ripening, high-acid varieties. Cool air settles over the valley floor, where ancient bay waters deposited mineral-rich sediment and pockets of light stream gravel in the Huichica clay-loam soils. We focus on Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay on this gently-sloping terrain, where growing conditions consistently deliver minerality and focused acidity.

Above 150 feet, the terrain is dominated by Arrowhead Mountain, and the rocky, shallow soils consist of rhyolitic volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Steep hillside blocks are planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Zinfandel. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow for slow, even ripening, resulting in deep color, intense flavor concentration and elegant balance in the wines.

Rhinefarm's 320 acres are intensively and sustainably hand-farmed in 60 distinct blocks according to the specific soil, exposure, slope and vine age of the site. Each block is individually monitored and tended throughout the growing season to ensure optimal health of the vine and the vineyard, and ultimately to achieve the goals for flavor development and ripeness. Each vine is touched over a dozen times throughout the season, from suckering and shoot positioning, to judicious leafing and cluster thinning to ensure slow, even ripening. Pound-per-vine targets vary by block, based on vine spacing and other factors; ranch yields average two to four tons per acre.

At Gundlach Bundschu we define sustainability broadly, seeking not only to be responsible stewards of the land, but also to preserve this land for future generations of our family. There is nothing static about this view of sustainability -- it requires innovation and action. We believe that preserving the unique ecosystem of Rhinefarm is essential to wine quality, as well as to the health of our family and business.

The introduction of beneficial predators, from owls and bluebirds to beetles and mites, and intensive pest monitoring allows us to minimize the use pesticides and herbicides. Cover crops contribute vital diversity and nutrition to the soils, and we utilize registered organic compounds and practices whenever possible. Vigilant management of our acute deficit irrigation program and water reclamation ponds promote conservation, recycling 70% of winery water. We continually seek ways to enhance environmental quality and make the most efficient use of our resources.

In November 2008, two new solar arrays were installed on our property. The first, a 1.3 acre 80kw system, provides 60% of the winery power. The second, a "floatovoltaic" system, was the first of its kind in Sonoma County. The panels float on our ponds and provide 100% of the power to our water reclamation system.

In June 2009, Gundlach Bundschu received our certification as a Bay Area Green Business from Sonoma County. And in 2012, we received our Fish Friendly Farming certification.

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Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2017
"When you've been growing the same grape for 160 years, it would be easy to get bored and complacent. However, the 2017 is bursting with aromas of fresh jasmine blossoms, lychee, Asian pears, and Gari (sushi ginger), the medium body and supple texture of the wine carry lush pomelo-citrus flavors
Item Number: 28748
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2016
88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon “Mountain Cuvee honors the style and balance of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Sonoma County and pays homage to Bordeaux blends from France. Dangerously easy-drinking, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offers balance, food-friendly structure and
Item Number: 27821
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2014
Tasting Panel 91"A Bordeaux-inspired blend for everyday life that’s soft, lush and smooth but never sweet. Dangerously easy-drinking, this Merlot and Cabernet-based red wine offers balance, food-friendly structure and approachability. It’s crafted for everyday enjoyment in Sonoma Valley." ~A.D.B.

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2015
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92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92"An entirely varietal wine, aged in a majority of stainless steel, this smoothly textured experience begins in peach and apricot with balanced acidity, dry as a bone. It entices with rounded creaminess and inviting floral and lemon highlights." ~V.B.

Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2013
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90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The outstanding 2013 Mountain Cuvée Proprietary Red, which is 80.4% Merlot, 17.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, was aged ten months in a combination of new and used oak. The good news is that there were 16,000+ cases of this outstanding wine. Dense purple in color with a

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2014
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91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Made in an Alsatian style from a 150-plus-year-old estate vineyard, this dry, well-crafted white is 90% stainless-steel fermented, with the rest fermented in neutral oak. It conveys jasmine and ripe stone fruit, crisp, clean with very little oak intrusion and sharply etched

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013
"Fragrant aromas of white flowers, clementine and allspice burst from the glass followed by luscious flavors of Asian pear, lime, guava and passion fruit spiced with coriander. The round, plush palate is accentuated with delicately woven mineral notes and crisp acidity leading into to a long,

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2012
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "A wonderful Gewürztraminer, from a winery that’s worked with it for a long time and has a good track record. It’s crisp in acidity and exotically complex, with citrus and tropical fruit, ripe peach and honeysuckle flavors. That famous Gewürztramimer spiciness is perfect." 

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011
"The assertive aromas and flavors of this Alsatian-style Gewurztraminer are reminiscent of lychee and almond blossom. Full-bodied and bone-dry, the bright finish offers lingering lemon-lime flavors, a hint of nuttiness and classic varietal spice. Enjoy Gewurztraminer as an aperitif, or pair with a

Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2006
"Aromas of black cherry, dried rose petal and black spice lead to broad, juicy dark fruit flavors with complex minerality and classic Burgundian character. A supple mouthfeel with layered flavors, elegant texture and a long, smooth finish." ~Winery Notes