Gundlach Bundschu sets Oct 15-16 for Huichica Music Festival

Gundlach Bundschu Winery has long been a must stop for wine lovers who wish to sample their estate grown wines and learn of its long history. Some 100 years into that history, the winery added live music to its offerings.

The wines, including the grape Sonoma County is perhaps best known for, zinfandel, are always winners. Their offerings also include tempranillo, originally from Spain, and a rare bottling of a German varietal, gewürztraminer.

The history of the Gundlach-Bundschu winery includes a fateful April day when over a million gallons of its wine was spilled out from the tanks, and the winery, a city block in length, was destroyed. Three adjacent family homes were also ruined in the calamity. That April was in 1906, and the event that caused the havoc was the “big one,” the earthquake in San Francisco where the winery was located for many years.

The rocking and rolling winery employees felt that morning over 100 years ago continues with the music Gun-Bun now offers. In recent history, California’s oldest family-owned winery has also been on the radar of Northern California music fans. It offers special nights of music several times during the year. Gun-Bun is also the home of the now 12-year-old Huichica Music Festival.

The 2021 Huichica, usually held during the summer months when the winery is not slammed with crush, will be Oct. 15 and 16 this year. Weekend passes went on sale last Friday, single day tickets will follow in the days to come.

Visit Gundlach Bundschu Winery at: 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707-938-5277,

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