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Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Historic Family Winery in the City of Sonoma

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Gundlach Bundschu winery tasting room in SonomaThis historic winery got its start in 1858, when German-born Jacob Gundlach bought 400 acres in Sonoma to start his “Rhinefarm.” Ten years later Charles Bundschu, also from Germany, joined Gundlach in the business and later married into the Gundlach family. In 1894 the winery was renamed Gundlach Bundschu Wine Company and has remained a family enterprise ever since.
As you turn from bucolic Denmark Street into the grounds, you’ll see the winery ahead nestled snugly against the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The grounds are really beautiful, with lush gardens and a small lake that usually hosts a few egrets.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery in SonomaThe tasting room, though housed in the original stone winery, is spacious on the inside, with a bright, modern feel. The walls contain interesting arrangements of family memorabilia and photos going way back, and the relaxed tastings are conducted by knowledgeable guides. Picnic tables, all offering beautiful views, are meant to be used by visitors, so consider bringing a lunch. And there’s even a hiking trail.

Fascinating Fact:

How to pronounce the name? Gun-Lock Bun-Shoe, just like the objects. But most people just call this winery “Gun Bun.”
Amenities: Pinzgauer Vineyard Excursion; Gift shop; Wine Club (access to four yearly members-only events); Summer Music Festivals, Events throughout the year.
Founded: 1858
Signature Wines: Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed (except for groups of 8 or more);
Cave tour/tasting and Vineyard excursion/tasting both require reservations
Hours: Daily, 11–4:30 (Summer hours 11–5:30 through Oct. 16)
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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