Buena Vista wines are the finest expression of true varietal character, with great acidity, balance and structure. Their personality reflects the region's abundant stylistic diversity across the six tiers: Private Reserve, Vinicultural Society, Heritage Collection, Carneros, The Count and Sonoma.
buena vista today
Located just five miles outside of the town of Sonoma, the original Buena Vista winery is now a California Historic Landmark. Founded in 1857, by the self-titled Count of Buena Vista Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is California’s first premier winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud. In 2011, Buena Vista became part of the Boisset Family Estates. Today, the legend of Buena Vista is being reborn under the careful watch of visionary winemaker Jean-Charles Boisset, who has painstakingly restored the winery to its original glory.
The Buena Vista Winery was founded in 1857 by the eccentric winemaker Agoston Haraszthy, the “Count of Buena Vista.” A true pioneer, the Count immigrated to America from Europe in 1840 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. His travels eventually brought him to Sonoma, where he found the ideal soil and climate to craft exceptional wine – or as he called it, “red gold.”
The Count was a pioneering force in the growth of the California wine industry. He promoted California grape-growing at every opportunity possible. In 1861, The Count and his son Arpad set off for Europe to study and report on European methods in order to improve California viniculture. The two returned to Sonoma with thousands of vines and samples, representing over 487 varieties – many of which were soon planted throughout the Buena Vista vineyards. As a result, The Count is credited with inspiring California's winemakers to focus on improving viniculture and to plant premium vines that would create remarkable California wines. The Buena Vista Vinicultural Society (BVVS) was established in 1863 and was dedicated to expanding and modernizing winemaking.
In 1869, The Count’s life ended abruptly when he fell from a tree branch while crossing an alligator-infested stream. He was never heard from again. Sadly, his beloved vineyards were to lay dormant for many years to come. Robert and Kate Johnson purchased the estate in 1878 and built a mansion – The Castle – that they passed on to the Catholic Church and which eventually ended up under the conservatorship of the State of California. Fortunuately, the estate vineyards were rescued by Frank and Antonia Bartholomew in 1943. After years of restoration and with astute winemaker André Tchelistcheff by their side, they eventually began producing world-class wines. The winery released its first post-Prohibition vintage in 1949, which was hugely successful.
Boisset Family Estates
In 2011, Buena Vista became part of Boisset Family Estates, a renowned and charismatic family with a collection of historic wineries and roots in Burgundy, France. The family, led in the US by Jean-Charles Boisset, possesses a true love and respect for Buena Vista – its unrivaled heritage, authentic roots, colorful history, and renowned wines. Boisset is passionately committed to its 'partnership with The Count' – to continue the vision and legacy he first created 150 years ago.
Winemaking has been Brian's family tradition ever since his great grandfather planted vineyards and founded a Napa Valley winery at the turn of the century. His mother’s family has been growing grapes and making wine in California for four generations and is still involved in the wine industry today. Brian also learned the importance of the land from his father, whose family has been involved in agriculture in rural Sonoma County for the past 150 years.
Inspired by the story of his great grandfather, Brian left the family farm to study Enology at The University of California at Davis and graduated in 2003. He worked his first crush at one of DeLoach’s neighbors in the Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyards. His winemaking talents and natural way with the land were quickly noticed by DeLoach’s former winemaker, who recruited Brian to join the DeLoach team in 2003.
Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset Family Estates, one of the world's leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines.