Ways Buying Grapes Can Optimize Winemaking

Having a number of vineyards from which to source can help ensure consistency, and having exceptional relationships with growers can lead to having pick of some of their best grapes.

Bogle Vineyards is among those wine producers that uses grapes it sources from its partner growers wisely, said Ryan Bogle, vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Bogle Family Wine Company.

Some growing seasons provide special opportunities for wines made at the Clarksburg, California winery, Bogle added.

“We source our grapes from some of the most desirable growing regions across California,” Bogle said. “By doing so, it allows us to create single varietal wines and blends for a broad range of consumers while also providing some flexibility if a region shows better or worse than expected. 

“We may end up making a certain wine a reserve or using it in a blend depending on the characteristics of that growing season.”

Having access to a network of trusted growers is key to that flexibility. Bogle prioritizes growers that are enrolled in the CALIFORNIA RULES for sustainable winegrowing requirements. 

“We first reach out to our network of current partner growers when looking to expand and then follow up with a broker if our needs are not met,” Bogle said. “Many of our partner growers date back several decades and we believe honesty, consistency and fair prices are the key to our longevity with our partners.”

In Napa Valley, Girard Head Winemaker Glenn Hugo said not being married to one individual estate has enabled him to make the wines he makes.

“We’re sitting down with dozens of samples to make these blends,” Hugo said “If one sample is more fruit forward, we can go to another one to get the tannin structure we need. Having all of these different vineyards to work with means there is more we can use to get the style we’re working toward.”

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