Bouchaine Vineyards is located on a historic property in the Carneros AVA. The land was originally owned and developed by Boon Fly, an early settler who arrived during the mid 19th century.
In 1927, John Garetto established Garetto Winery and Vineyard on the site. For decades, this was one of the few operating wineries in Carneros. In 1951, Beringer Vineyards bought the production facility and vineyards.
The current owners, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, established Bouchaine Vineyards in 1981. The Copelands have updated all of the facilities and equipment, and currently focus on producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Burgundian specialist Michael Richmond is the winemaker. His impressive credentials include founding Acacia Winery and working as an executive for Chalone Wine Group.
The 2004 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir is a textbook example of this varietal from the AVA. It is both rich and graceful on the palate and has ripe cherry flavors. Bouchaine also makes an Estate Pinot Noir that is dense and velvety. Additionally, the winery produces various other Pinot varietals as well as a few very nice Chardonnays.