Boeger Winery: Pioneering the rebirth of wine in El Dorado County
The winery is situated on rolling hills in a picturesque setting. Visiting the winery in the fall presents a spectacularly beautiful backdrop of gold and orange against the pines that grow in the area. The winery features the original winery that was established in the mid 1800s and was known as the Lombardo/Fossati Winery. The original Monterey Colonial styled winery building is used today as auxiliary tasting room. This charming tasting room has artifacts from the original winery.
During the Gold Rush and continuing up to Prohibition, wineries flourished in the El Dorado County. There was quite a demand for wine. After Prohibition the wine industry lay dormant until the late 1960s when experimental vineyards began to crop up in the area. In 1972 Greg Boeger purchased the property where his winery now sits, thus becoming one the first to forge the path in reestablishing the wine industry in El Dorado County. Boeger became the first commercial winery to reemerge in the region.
Greg Boeger grew up around his grandfather’s winery, Nichelini in Napa. It was only natural from his time spent in Napa that he would pursue an interest in winemaking. After graduating from UC Davis he moved to El Dorado County to start Boeger. Today Greg oversees the vineyards while his son Justin has assumed the responsibilities of winemaker.
Boeger has a very diverse portfolio of wines, which include both Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. He also creates some Spanish and Italian wines. I recently had the opportunity to sample Boeger’s 2009 Milagro, a wine composed of the Spanish grape, Graciano. The Graciano grape is grown primarily in the Rioja region of Spain. It is known for its intense aromatic qualities. Like many Spanish styled wines, it was big, bold and full-bodied wine. The wine displayed beautiful aromas of cherry. A rich smoothly balanced wine with a deep purple color, I found wonderful flavors of black cherry, cocoa and vanilla.
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