Bogle are a real family affair: Warren Bogle is President and Vineyard Director, Jody Bogle is Director of Public Relations, and Ryan Bogle is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
They are now sixth generation, but the Bogle story is a pioneering one and began after World War 2 when Warren Bogle bought 10 acres of land in Clarksburg, in Yolo County, California, located on the Sacramento River. However, he initially farmed orchards and it wasn’t until 1968 that Warren planted the first 20 acres of vines with his son Chris. There were no other vines in the Delta region at the time and people thought they were crazy, but the fertile clay and peat soils coupled with a climate of warm days and cooling breezes from the San Francisco Bay proved a wonderful growing region for many varietals, including Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Petit Syrah and Merlot.
Chris married Patty, and their three children helped out in the vineyards from an early age, and consequently understand the business from the bottom up. Warren [named after his grandfather] took over the running of the business aged just 21, leaving college early following the untimely death of his father in 1997. If you ask him what he does, his answer is “I’m a farmer”, and with years of hard work, dedication, love and passion – Family is behind every bottle, at the very heart of what they do. Bogle currently farm 1,900 acres, with vineyards in Clarksburg and the Lodi AVA, which is where their Zinfandel comes from. They are detail orientated; all their grapes are certified Green Programme, and all their red wines are aged in small oak barrels – they have 80,000 of them just for their reds, with a further 12,000 for their Chardonnays which are all hand-stirred. That’s dedication for you! Their core commitment is to make really good wines that people can drink every day and they have certainly succeeded – they were awarded Wine Enthusiasts American Winery of the Year in 2019.