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Pinzgauer Vineyard Excursion at Gundlach Bundschu Winery
I recently enjoyed a wine tasting jaunt aboard a Pinzgauer 712M over the hills and through the vineyards at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, California. Here are a dozen photos I shot on the adventure.
Gundlach Bundschu’s Vineyard Excursion Tour, which must be scheduled in advance, begins and ends at their beautiful Sonoma winery. “Gun Bun” is the oldest continuously operated family run winery in California.
The first stop on the tour was for some family history before continuing into the vineyards. While soaking up the information while sitting in the vehicle we enjoyed our first taste of Gundlach Bundschu wine.
Negotiating a route along what would be more properly described as a path than a road our driver/guide stopped at the top of a hill overlooking the southern end of the Sonoma Valley. An explanation of the unique climate, soils and farming techniques was accompanied by another tasting before re-boarding the Pinzgauer for a drive down to the back entrance to Gundlach Bundschu’s wine storage cave for our final tasting.
Pinzgauer Vineyard Excursion Photos
Our first stop was at the family home.
The Pinzgauer 712M we traveled in is a six wheel, soft top version of the all-terrain vehicle.
Our second stop provided a panoramic view of the southern end of Sonoma Valley.
Our Pinzgauer driver/tour guide shared information about the valley, individual vineyard blocks, water recycling and other environmentally sound practices, canopy management and thinning of grape bunches for maximum flavor.