Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Vineyards

Contact: Chris Kajani
Phone: 707-252-9065
1075 Buchli Station Rd
Napa CA 94559

Website: www.bouchaine.com
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Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District - a winery that began making wine long before the region earned its reputation for producing the great Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Carneros today.
Two dilapidated buildings. Bare earth. No vines. This was the scene that greeted Gerret and Tatiana Copeland when they visited this quiet corner of the Napa Valley in 1981. What was meant to be a quick detour during a business trip, became life-altering for both the Copelands and the winery. Inspired by the potential they saw in that neglected facility, the Copelands, together with other investors, quickly purchased the winery and the surrounding 30 acres from Beringer and established Chateau Bouchaine. They immediately set to rejuvenate the winery and grounds. The vineyards were replanted and the massive historic redwood wine tanks were re-milled to provide a striking new exterior fa├žade for the winery.

In 2002, the Copelands turned to Carneros pioneer and founder of Acacia Winery, Michael Richmond. He embarked upon ambitious plans to replant vineyards, continuously improve the quality of winemaking, sales, and hospitality. One tastes the Copelands' efforts, and leadership with Michael, in the bottles of today. In early spring of 2015, Michael Richmond retired from winemaking.

April of 2015 marks the beginning of the next generation at Bouchaine. Gerret and Tatiana chose Carneros winemaker Chris Kajani to succeed Michael as Winemaker and General Manager. This heralds major restructuring for the winery. Today, the Copelands, along with the dedicated people who have joined them on their journey, enjoy the fruits of their 30-plus year labor of love. A unique blending of personalities, passions, and a spirit of discovery that creates an unmistakable character that can be tasted in every Bouchaine wine.

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