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Buoncristiani Family Winery Story

The tradition of winemaking in the Buoncristiani family can be traced back to the late 19th century to their great, great grandfather Nonno Angelo.

After 1980, their father began to grow his own fruit in the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The varieties that he planted were Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Franken Riesling. Many of his wines won county and state awards. Their mother, Mimi, was dubbed the official taster because wines were not bottled until she gave the final "ok."

Their father made sure that the four of us were involved with the entire winemaking process. His philosophy was simple; good wine is achieved through good viticultural practices. At a very young age they were taught the ways of the vineyard including how to prune the vines and pick grape. Riding the tractor on Dad's lap, stomping barefoot on the "starter batch" of grapes, and tasting wine diluted with water were all fond childhood memories.

They are four brothers, Matthew, Jason, Aaron, and Nathan. In 1995,began to produce their own homemade wines under the guidance of their father. They wanted to carry on the tradition of making fine wine for family and friends. After positive responses to homemade wines, a string of blue ribbons, and several upgrades in equipment, they decided to take the winemaking experience to the commercial level. In 1999established their winery bond. Their premier release includes a 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1999 Napa Valley Claret style red table wine.