Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Vineyards
1075 Buchli Station Rd
Napa, CA  94559

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Tasting Room Open Daily 10:30–5:30

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Self-guided vineyard tours, certified sustainable farming, wine club discounts, gorgeous gardens overlooking the vineyards, special events.


Nestled along a quiet country lane and surrounded by gently sloping vineyards, Bouchaine Vineyards is the longest operating and most southern winery in Napa’s Carneros district. Here, the morning offers a view of the fog hanging over the distant terrain. Visitors who arrive in the afternoon are often greeted by an endless blue sky and wind-blown clouds.

Regardless of the weather, visitors are always welcomed by a friendly team ready to offer the very best of what Bouchaine is famous for: Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the renowned Carneros terroir. There is a distinctive flavor to Carneros wines, often defined as “citrusy” and Bouchaine captures it beautifully. Guests often make new friends in the tasting room and wine club members enjoy tasting wines on a private terrace overlooking the vineyards. Those who want to commune with the vines can take a self-guided vineyard walk, or bring a bike and cruise along the gentle hills where, on a clear day, they can see San Francisco in the distance. No matter how they decide to spend their visit, guests can savor the wind, soil, sun, and everything that goes into the making and enjoyment of passionately crafted wine.

Bouchaine Vineyards has a total of 108 acres planted mostly to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There are also several acres planted to Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris. One of winemaker Chris Kajani’s priorities is the use of sustainable practices in the vineyard: minimal irrigation, integrated pest management and dry farming. This approach not only conserves water and encourages deep rooting of the vines, it concentrates and intensifies the flavor in the grape. Bouchaine believes in shepherding wine, leading it to its ultimate expression in one’s glass.

The road to Bouchaine Vineyards leads to a beautiful experience—both in the surrounding beauty and the beauty found in the wines.


An Interview with Winemaker Chris Kajani

T&T: As the new winemaker for Bouchaine Vineyards, you represent a new chapter in the winery’s history. What do you plan to focus on?

CK: Everything! It takes a village to craft a memorable bottle of wine, and each person who touches the process must bring a “no compromises” mantra to their piece of the puzzle. Working hand in hand with this team and building relationships is key. In addition, much of my time is spent walking our estate vineyard and getting to know this incredible site. To that end, we are digging soil pits this month to examine some potential premium sites for new Pinot Noir plantings. I’m thrilled to be here and collaborate on the next incredible phase of Bouchaine Vineyards.

T&T: You’ve been crafting wine down the road in Carneros for nine years. What have you learned about this particular region?

CK: Some people crave sunshine in the summer, but I love driving to the winery amidst the heavy fog layer that protects our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from excessive heat. The cool bay breezes and the marine layer allow for vibrant acidities and slow ripening, giving us layers of tangy flavors at lower brix—bringing us that signature Carneros balance. Speaking of the bay’s influence, you can see the Financial District and Sutro Tower from the Bouchaine terraces. Being this close to the bay, it is critical to think sustainably. I’m honored to craft wines in Carneros from fish-friendly farming and green-certified vineyards. This region both celebrates and protects its natural marine resources.

T&T: Are there particular styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that define Bouchaine? If so, can you describe them to us?

CK: This foggy, cool, breezy site produces wines with vibrancy and regional identity. The Chardonnay is layered with nectarine, clementine, and lime leaf notes—with that zippy lip smacking Carneros finish. And the Pinot Noir also displays lovely acidity with layers of dark cherry, wild strawberries, cigar box, and lingering floral notes. What impresses me is the balance of the wines. They pair so well with food! In fact, I’m off to grill some halibut with chimichurri sauce and open a bottle. Cheers!

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Bouchaine Vineyards


Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No