Truly family run and owned, Bogel vineyards is now safely in the hands of sixth generation siblings with Jody Bogle Director of Public Relations and International Wine Sales.
Jody’s grandfather pioneered winemaking in Clarksburg when he planted four-hectares of chenin blanc in 1968 after repeated failed potato harvests. As Jody explains
“Grandpa planted potatoes on our Home Ranch, and they were all dying. He got a farmer to come up and take a look and find out why. He came up, looked at the soil, and said, well, I’m not sure, but you should try growing wine grapes”, the rest is history. Initially selling their grapes to other wineries, the Bogel family finally released wine under their own label in 1978.
Bogel has undoubtedly played a large role in the evolution of Clarksburg’s winegrowing reputation and the establishment of Clarksburg AVA which was established in 1984.
The winery has grown exponentially with Jody and siblings at the helm, achieving national and global recognition, expanding vineyard area to 740-hectares, whilst still staying within generations of the family.
Ripe, concentrated, and full-bodied. Crammed with plums, raspberries and black cherries and scented with spice from 12 months ageing in American oak barrels. This is a lovely drink.