At the southernmost end of the Sonoma Valley the 400 acre Rhinefarm Vineyards
is home to one of the oldest and most respected wineries in California, Gundlach
Established in 1858 by Jacob Gundlach
and Emil Dresel, J. Gundlach and Co. produced premium Bacchus Table Wines from
Rhinefarm grapes. By 1864 the winery was growing rapidly, and Gundlach looked
to his son-in-law, Charles Bundschu for help with marketing and administration.
The wine company continued to grown and by the mid-1870's annual production reached
150,000. Gundlach Bundschu Wine Company prospered handsomely through the turn
of the century, however, all this changed when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
and fire destroyed the family's city property.
Prohibition in 1919 forced the closure of the winery, though the vineyards on
Rhinefarm continued to produce premium grapes that were sold to other wineries.
In 1967 the family replanted the entire ranch back to wine grapes and decided
to make wine themselves. In 1973 the Gundlach Bundschu winery reopened with a
600 case production of estate Zinfandel.
Great-great-great grandsons of Jacob Gundlach, Jeff and Robbie have fully entered
the wine business as the sixth generation of their family's sole proprietorship.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery / 2000 Denmark Street / Sonoma, CA 95476 / 707-938-5277