This little town of 2500 people with a three-block business area has suddenly become a chic wine destination. The town has four wine tasting rooms, two fabulous restaurants, and a handful of unique shops. Geyserville runs along the Russian River and is located in the heart of the Alexander Valley wine region. Just over the hill to the west a couple of miles is the Dry Creek Valley wine region. There are at least twenty wineries within easy driving distance of the town. What more could a wine lover ask for in a wine town?
We visited Gundlach Bundschu last week as part of a television crew for the Home & Garden Network. Gundlach Bundschu will be featured in the network later in the year as part of a feature on the town of Sonoma. The main reason for choosing Gundlach Bundschu was its history. Gundlach Bundschu is the oldest family-run winery in California.
The town of Sonoma is rich with history of the California wine industry. Gaston Haraszthy planted the first large vineyard in Sonoma and then founded Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma in 1857. Six months later, Gundlach Bundschu was established. The Sebastiani Family Vineyards, also in Sonoma, began in 1904 and the Sebastiani Family has greatly influenced the development of this wine region. Up the Sonoma Valley on Highway 12 is another historic winery, Kunde Winery, that also began in 1904 and is also still family owned.