The Gundlach Bundschu family winery is celebrating 155 years of owing their piece of Sonoma vineyard lands known as Rhinefarm. Gundlach Bundschu (drop both ‘ds,’ gun-lock bun-shoo) is the oldest continuously-owned-family winery in California. Founder Jacob Gundlach purchased 400 acres in 1858 with plentiful southwest facing hillsides climbing up the Mayacamas Mountain range. Charles Bundschu became a partner ten years later and married the Gundlach’s daughter. The winery survived prohibition and the San Francisco earthquake, where they had a million gallons of wine stored at the time. Jeff Bundschu is the sixth generation to take the reins as president, following his father Jim.
I have loved the Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer through numerous vintages over the years. I enjoyed the 2011 with Christmas dinner. If I can find it on my retailer’s shelf, it will be on my Easter table – a perfect brunch, lunch or aperitif wine – light, crisp, dry with the characteristic touch of white pepper – ripe pear, juicy clementines, pretty floral hints, nicely balanced acidity, medium-bodied with a silky mouth-feel and a fresh and vibrant finish. One-hundred percent Gewurztraminer in the bottle, all estate grown and zero residual sugar. Price ranges between $15 and $20.
You are invited to the 155th anniversary celebration of ‘Deed Day,’ so if you are in the area, stop by on March 9th from 11 a.m. – 4:30 pm for grilled sausages and beer brats, ‘library tastings’ and live music at 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma, California. Visit the winery webpage here.