uena Vista Winery, founded in 1857, has a rich and unrivaled heritage as the first premium — and certainly the most colorful — of all of the wineries in California. Its founder, Agoston Haraszthy, the self-proclaimed “Count of Buena Vista,” was a vivacious and eccentric pioneer with a veritable love and unending commitment to California wine.
Just as we know today, the Count understood that great wine comes not only from great grapes, but also from great places. He chose the southernmost part of Sonoma Valley to build his winery due to the ideal location and ability to stretch his more than 6,000-acre estate into parts of Sonoma and Napa. Both regions offer a unique terroir — the magical combination of all the attributes required to create outstanding wines of a particular site — from the soil and the climate to the site’s exposure to the sun and the vine itself.
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 tiers: Founder’s Collection, Private Reserve, Vinicultural Society, Heritage Collection, The Count, Chateau Buena Vista and North Coast.
he wines in the Founder’s Collection celebrate and honor Buena Vista’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, and the pioneering role he played in creating the California wine world. Each wine is true to the Count’s legacy and legend from the Haraszthy family crest to his untimely death by crocodile in Nicaragua in 1869.
uena Vista has been making wines under the Private Reserve name for decades. Today the winery restores this title to declare these limited production wines as the ultimate wines within the portfolio. Each represents the pinnacle of Buena Vista’s winemaking craft. Using the Sonoma landscape as the canvas, our winemaking team has the luxury of sourcing from the most esteemed vineyards throughout the county to produce the highest quality wines under this label. The two cooler climate wines of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a nice complement to the warmer climate Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel wines, allowing you to truly taste the best the county has to offer.
he Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, formed in 1863 by the winery’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, to further improve its wine making prowess and expand its vineyards, has been restored as a collection of unique, small-production wines that honor the winery’s pioneering spirit and contribution to California winemaking. Available only at the winery and for club-members, the diverse selection of Vinicultural Society wines explores clonal selections, varietals, vineyards and the incredible terroir of Sonoma County.
tribute to some of the iconic wine styles from around the world that Agoston Haraszthy himself assisted in propagating in California. In the early days of Buena Vista, and what would become the Vinicultural Society, The Count and his son Arpad were commissioned by the Californian government to travel throughout Europe and bring back vine cuttings. After months of travel they succeeded in bringing back over 487 different varieties, modern winemaking techniques and styles that would go on to influence the likes of Charles Krug and many others.
he story of our founder is as long as it is colorful. One of California’s first sheriffs, Agoston Haraszthy was elected the Sheriff of San Diego County in 1850. He built the first jail and served two exciting years before moving north to pursue purple gold and the perfect terroir for fine wines. He found it in Sonoma County where he established Buena Vista Winery in 1857. It is his legacy that inspired this wine and the work of sheriffs everywhere that we honor with its release.
ust as we know today, the Count of Buena Vista understood that great wine comes not only from great grapes, but also from great places. The Chateau Buena Vista wines honor the estate’s original foundation in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys as well as the influence and prominence that Buena Vista Winery holds in establishing Napa and Sonoma as the preeminent wine regions of California.
ith its roots so deeply ensconced in the foundations of California’s coastal appellations, Buena Vista Winery is again introducing wines from the North Coast. The North Coast wines include a diverse array of varietals that celebrate the diversity of California’s terroir and the contribution of Buena Vista to establishing the California wine world.
We are thrilled to once again host guests for outdoor wine tastings. Guests may make a reservation to taste Thursday through Monday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
We are also open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for curbside pick-up and retail sales by appointment and walk-in retail sales are available Thursday through Monday.