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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.

Gundlach Bundschu family home


The Pinzgauer 712M we traveled in is a six wheel, soft top version of the all-terrain vehicle.

Pinzgauer 712M


Our second stop provided a panoramic view of the southern end of Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma Valley panoramic view


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.
She encouraged us to taste the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which were almost ready to harvest
before pouring more Gundlach Bundschu wines for our enjoyment.

Gundlach Bundschu wine tasting tour guide in the vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the vineyard

Vineyard blocks on a hill overlooking Sonoma Valley

Wine tasting near the Pinzgauer


Heading downhill we eventually arrived at the back entrance to Gun Bun’s wine storage cave.
An exhibit near the cave gave detailed information about each Gundlach Bundschu vineyard block.

Overlooking the south end of Sonoma Valley

Graphic showing vineyard plantings

Rear entrance to Gundlach Bundschu wine storage cave


Once in the cool wine cave we had our final wine taste of the tour.

Gundlach Bundschu wine storage cave wine tasting


Exiting the cave and returning to the former winery converted to a spacious tasting room we had an opportunity to purchase the wines we had been tasting all day and view samples of label art from previous seasons.

Gundlach Bundschu wine tasting room


Gundlach Bundschu’s was not my first wine tasting vineyard tour in a Pinzgauer 712M. Bella Vineyards, at the north end of Sonoma Valley, has a similar tour.
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