By Justin Pinnell
Wine… what pops into your mind when you think of it? A celebration, a romantic dinner, reading a good book in front of the fireplace, or a picnic with your favorite foods and friends? Bogle Vineyards enhances all occasions with a wide range of locally crafted, award-winning wines. Maybe your occasion calls for a hand-crafted Chardonnay—or the intense flavor of an old vine Zinfandel. Perhaps, it’s a celebration that calls for the lively and refreshing taste of Bogle’s Sauvignon Blanc, or the dark opulent berry flavor of my personal favorite, the Bourbon Barrel Petite Sirah.
The Bogle family has a long rich history of farming and they’ve been farming in the Clarksburg region for six generations. In addition to passing down strong work ethic and dedication to quality, the success of Bogle is rooted in the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family.
When Warren Bogle and his son Chris planted their first 20 acres of wine grapes on the Home Ranch in 1968, they could never imagine the firebrand winery they had just put into motion. After 10 years of growing grapes for other wineries, the Bogle family produced their first Bogle labeled wine. In 1979, they constructed the first Bogle Winery as it still stands today.
In 1989, Warren’s son Chris and his wife Patty undertook the winery project in earnest. Chris farmed, while Patty did the books at night in the family home. Chris proudly grew the wine grape family operation, reaching his goal of 1,000 acres before he passed away in 1997. Upon his death, Patty dove in taking over all winery management—and leading a core team of staff, many of whom are still at the winery today.
Named after his grandfather, Chris and Patty’s son Warren returned to the ranch to take over the vineyard manager duties in 1997. Jody entered the family business full time in 1999 to manage the new tasting room and customer relations. Ryan joined the business in 2007, serving in a financial role. The three siblings continue to work in the day-to-day operations of the winery, with the same dedication and passion as the generations before them.
With this storied history, Bogle Winery looks to the future. The Bogle family understands that nurturing the land (and preserving its vitality) is not only essential for their family, but also across the globe—so that future generations can enjoy harvests for many years to come. They are proud to be honored with the 2018 Green Medal Leader Award, which recognizes the vineyard that best demonstrates environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable sustainable practices. Additionally, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Bogle Vineyards their 2019 American Winery of the Year.
Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, Bogle has had to postpone all planned events and temporarily close their tasting room. However, as we all look forward to enjoying the Holiday season with family and friends, Bogle Winery has been working to improve their tasting room. They are excited to share it with their club members and the public in 2021.
When the Bogle tasting room reopens, guests will encounter a whole new experience at their Home Ranch in Clarksburg. Although it will look much different than folks are used to, Bogle remains committed to honoring their family’s rich history here in the Delta. In addition, fans of Bogle can expect new wines, new brands, and new projects beginning in 2021. They eagerly look forward to welcoming guests back and providing an experience that exceeds all expectations.
Visit Bogle Vineyard's website at boglewinery.com to find out more about this impressive winery and shop their outstanding wines.
Author Justin Pinnell
Justin is not just another pretty face in Real Estate. He enjoys long walks on the beach and high mountain sunsets.
This story first appeared in the Ardent
for Life Holiday 2020 issue.