Buehler's Cabernet vineyards are over 30 years old. We call the two oldest cabernet blocks The Terrace and Papa's Knoll. The vines typically give us our most compelling fruit: saturated color is the norm along with great depth of flavor.
Buehler's Zinfandel Vineyards are over 30 years old. These vineyards consist of two blocks, The Barn and The House. Among the old head trained zinfandel vines are some petite sirah vines accounting for 5% of the total vines in this block. A traditional field companion to zinfandel in pre-prohibition California vineyards, petite sirah contributes pepper, color and structure to the wine.
The Russian River Valley is one of the world's premier appellations for Chardonnay. Its cool, coastal climate slowly coaxes this early-ripening variety to maturity and allows us to craft rich yet structured wines. Our Chardonnay source is a vineyard on East Side Road just across the river from the noted vineyards Rochioli and Allen.
Located six winding miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains below Howell Mountain, Buehler Vineyards encompasses three hundred acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain.
In 1971, John Buehler, Sr., a 1934 West Point graduate who served twenty years in the Army Corps of Engineers and another twenty years as a Bechtel Corporation executive, was ready to retire.
Along with his wife, Helen, he bought a remote Napa Valley hillside property that had been the site of a "ghost winery" before prohibition. As John Sr., built his retirement home, his son, John Jr., began to fulfill his life-long ambition to become a wine grower.
Dabbling as a home winemaker during the early years, John Jr. was satisfied selling grapes to other wineries. Only after years of constant praise for the quality and complexity of his hillside fruit did John decide to make the first vintage of Buehler Vineyards wine.
In 1978, John hand-crushed 700 cases of wine. Pleased by the results, he gradually increased production until 1982, when he hired a talented young winemaker, Heidi Peterson Barrett. By the time she left in 1988, Heidi had become a rising star, and Buehler Vineyards was building a worldwide reputation.
John reassumed the winemaking role at Buehler until 1993, when he found another talented young winemaker, David Cronin. Under David's direction, Buehler has proven itself to critics and consumers alike as a winery that can be relied upon for excellent wines, vintage after vintage, at prices real wine-lovers can afford.