Bouchaine (Boo-shane), founded in 1981, is a 38-acre estate (31 acres of which are vineyards) in the prestigious Carneros region of the Napa Valley. Located just north of the San Pablo Bay, the climate is directly influenced by the fog that floats in each night. The shallow, mostly clay soils are best suited to the Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that Bouchaine produces.
The estate was first planted to vines and fruit trees in the mid-1800’s by Boon Fly and his family. After the turn of the century, the property was established as the Garetto Winery and Vineyards. Johnny Garetto sold the ranch to Beringer Brothers in 1951, and Beringer used the site as its Carneros winemaking facility for the next thirty years. It is now owned and operated by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland of Wilmington, Delaware. A massive and long overdue renovation of the winery was completed in 1995.
Winemaking at Bouchaine is a dynamic process where diversity is created by tailoring vinification and cellar practices to the individual vineyard lots. Winemaker John Montero accomplishes Bouchaine’s philosophy of producing wines that are crisp, well-balanced and elegant, that demonstrate the varietal characteristics of fruit grown in the Carneros region and neighboring areas.