It all started with Twenty Acres. Since the 1870’s the Bogle family has farmed their land in Clarksburg, and the first century was dedicated to growing cherries, peaches and pears. 4th generation owners, Warren Bogle and his son Chris, planted their first vineyard of heritage varietals Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah in 1968. These were the first Twenty Acres planted. They did not know if it would work. But it did.
I talked with Jody Bogle, Bogle’s Director of Public Relations, and one of three siblings of six generations of Bogles to farm the family land. We discuss those first Twenty Acres and the culmination of the inaugural release of Twenty Acres – and the first On-Premise exclusive brand from the Bogle’s ever.
It’s so exciting to have Twenty Acres as new On-Premise Exclusive wines for our channel. Was this your idea?
Twenty Acres by Bogle is very exciting for our family! We have all wanted to do something like this for a long time.
Being able to have a quality wine that overdelivers and is produced solely for the On-Premise market is something we have all looked forward to.
We have too! It’s really exciting. Do you remember when you first heard the story of the first Twenty Acres?
I literally grew up on those first Twenty Acres, so really it is just part of who I am.
I remember Mom, Dad and Grandpa our there looking over the vines and watching them take off.
We were little and didn’t really know what was going on, but you could tell that it was something special that everyone in the family cared very much about.
So, what did it? What made your family go from farming peaches and cherries to grapes?
It was 1968 and our grandfather was looking for a crop he didn’t have to replant every year. They tried many things, but it was the grapes that took hold and flourished. He really was a pioneer, as there were no other grapes grown in the region at that time.
That’s a great gene to inherit. What do you remember most from the early days when grape growing became the family business?
I loved growing up there and today I love sharing that history with my brothers. Today, it is such an honor to get to raise our children there as well. And the pancakes. I remember riding the tractor with dad in the field before breakfast and mom serving us pancakes when we came in!
Your family’s land is steeped in so much history. Please share some of that with us.
The Sacramento River Delta was settled largely during the Gold Rush as people moved through the area from San Francisco Bay to the foothills where they were seeking their fortunes.
Our family came looking, not for gold, but for the agricultural opportunities. We found an opportunity that has provided so much, six generations later.
It’s pretty incredible really; very impressive and inspiring. Which gets us to the inspiration for the new wine project; Twenty Acres.
As I said, we have wanted to create a brand specifically for the on-premise market for many years.
From purchasing at the grocery store, people love our wines and know the quality and craftsmanship that goes into them. But because they are so widely available at retail, folks aren’t always able to find and enjoy them at a restaurant.
These wines carry our family’s values and that craftsmanship and offer them to our loyal customers to enjoy in a different setting.
How did you decide what wines would be showcased in Twenty Acres and how important was it to pay homage to the first grapes your grandfather planted; Chenin Blanc & Petite Sirah?
Clarksburg is our home and both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grow exceptionally well here.
By focusing on these varietals and the addition of the heritage grapes we honor this land that we have lived on for nearly a century and a half.
I particularly love the addition of these special grapes.
Yes, the heritage varietals of Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah add so much to these wines.
By combining Chenin to the Chardonnay, you are adding crisp acidity and floral aromatics, and by adding Petite Sirah to the Cabernet Sauvignon, you are adding lushness and viscosity to the mouthfeel.
These additions really complement each other and create distinctive wines that pair beautifully with a range of foods.
And you made another significant decision with these wines to use screw cap closures.
With this wine being produced specifically for the On-Premise market, we obviously wanted to meet the needs of our restaurant partners. We are doing that with the use of screw cap closures.
Very pioneering of you. So what’s next for Bogle?
As a 6th generation farming family and a 3rd generation winemaking family, we look toward the future for Bogle and what it may bring.
We are eager to expand our current portfolio with new innovations in wine style, varietals, and even perhaps packaging concepts.
While our family may be steeped in tradition, we want to remain relevant in the marketplace and strive for quality, integrity and success with every brand we produce.