Founded in 1858, Gundlach Bundschu (gun-lock bun-shoe) is California’s oldest family-owned and operated winery, located just outside the town of Sonoma, California where wine pioneers Jacob Gundlach and Charles Bundschu made their mark.
Five generations later, siblings Jeff, Katie and Rob Bundschu are all involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, walking in lockstep towards the future using technology and innovation as their motivators. They’ve focused their efforts on improving the quality of the wine, delighting every visitor to the property, and supporting the arts, from music to poetry to children’s literacy initiatives.
Known as an estate-driven winery, Gundlach Bundschu farms a unique, 320-acre slice of land in Sonoma Valley and we are proud of our sustainability certifications. We installed solar panels in 2008 to power the winery facilities, employ cover crops and bird boxes to limit use of pesticides in the vineyards, and curb water usage with soil-based technology.
Our idyllic location features two microclimates — the cooler one on the valley floor grows grape varieties like Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and, the warmer area up against the Mayacamas Mountains hosts Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, among others.
Our powerful yet elegant wines are European-style and crafted to age gracefully for years. All of these efforts result in a purity of spirit, an independent point-of-view and wines that impress.
“There is nothing we do that isn’t affected by the legacy behind us, and the notion of what is coming after.” — Jeff Bundschu, CEO and Sixth Generation Vintner