The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 03/15/2020

Gundlach Bundschu buys Valley of the Moon Winery property

Alec Peters

Bundschu Company, the parent company of California’s oldest family-owned winery, Gundlach Bundschu, recently announced the purchase of the Glen Ellen winery and vineyard property at the historic Rancho Agua Caliente in Sonoma Valley, the current home to Valley of the Moon Winery.

The 60-acre property, purchased from West Coast Wine Partners owned by the Stewart Family, will become the new home to Abbot’s Passage Winery & Mercantile later this year.

West Coast Wine Partners acquired Valley of the Moon Winery and the Lake Sonoma brand back in 2012 from Korbel Wine Estates. With the Gundlach Bundschu purchase, West Coast Wine Partners will keep the Valley of the Moon label and move to the Lake Sonoma tasting room in the Sonoma Square.

The property includes a 40-acre vineyard, full production facility, recently remodeled tasting room, commercial kitchen, and wine cellar.

The purchase creates a new hospitality opportunity for the Abbot’s Passage brand that Katie Bundschu launched in 2015. The historic property will be undergoing some remodeling under the vision of Abbot’s Passage, allowing additional room to expand tasting experiences, its retail component and other programming in a welcoming, family-friendly environment.

Katie Bundschu is a sixth-generation vintner. Her Abbot’s Passage Supply Co. is located in a red barn on E. Napa Street in Sonoma, offering apparel, home décor, adventure gear, and maker workshops. Her Abbot’s Passage wine is a collection of small-lot field blends, which she currently pours at the Sonoma location.

“We have found a new home for Abbot’s Passage,” wrote Bundschu on her website, “A historic vineyard location, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley, which will allow us to expand our tasting experiences and mercantile partnerships.”

For over 160 years, the Gundlach Bundschu family has farmed its Rhinefarm estate vineyard along the Sonoma-Napa border on Denmark Street.

Abbot’s Passage Winery & Mercantile plans to open in the summer at the newly acquired property. It is located at 777 Madrone Road in Glen Ellen.

Harvest Music Festival tickets for sale

The 2020 Harvest Music festival at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen in September has announced its lineup for the two weekends (Sept.12-13 and Sept. 19-20) and tickets are now on sale.

Put on by BottleRock Presents, producers of BottleRock Napa Valley, the event showcases some of the best musical talent in the world. The first weekend features Empire of the Sun, Young The Giant, Grouplove, The Struts, X Ambassadors, The Naked and Famous, Betty Who, Best Coast, Smallpools and The Wrecks.

The second weekend will have Modest Mouse, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Fitz and The Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional, Bishop Briggs, Saint Motel, Joywave, Magic Giant, Yoke Lore and Almost Monday.

Patrons will enjoy Sonoma County’s world-renowned wine and food, provided by culinary stars such as Black Pig Meat Co., The Farmer’s Wife, Mariposa Ice Cream, William Tell House, and “Cluck U Chicken” by Oenotri, among others.

Two-day festival passes for each Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekend at B.R. Cohn Winery are $249 for General Admission and $519 for VIP. Single day tickets also available.

To buy tickets, go to www.sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com.