Greg Boeger honored by the California State Fair with the Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 03, 2018 / comments


"We are thrilled to announce that our founder and mentor Greg Boeger is being honored by the California State Fair with the Wine Lifetime Achievement award for 2018. Greg started the first post-prohibition commercial winery in El Dorado in 1972 pioneering one of the most unique and quality wine regions in the world. Congratulations Greg, you deserve it!" Boeger Winery.


Wine Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Recipient – Greg Boeger

Greg and Sue Boeger bought an enchanting gold rush era homestead 1972, and established the first post-Prohibition winery in the El Dorado AVA.Greg grew up on his grandfather’s Nichelini Winery in Napa. This is where he developed his knowledge of grape growing and winemaking. In El Dorado, Greg became a pioneer in experimenting with underdog varietals such as Barbera, Carignane, Refosco, Charbono, and Aglianico. Barbera emerged as the winery’s golden child early on and has garnered 120 medals for this one varietal, including multiple “Best Barbera of California” and “Best Barbera of the Sierra Foothills” at the CA State Fair. Boeger continues to elevate this cult-classic varietal.

2018 Recipient – The Bogle Family

While the Bogle family farming history in the Delta dates back into the mid 1800’s, it wasn’t until 1968 that Warren Bogle, Sr. planted the first wine grapes on Merritt Island near Clarksburg. The grapes were sold to other wineries until 1978. That’s when the first Bogle Winery wines were produced. Chris and Patty Bogle focused on making great wines at a great price, a core value that was popular with consumers and sustains the brand to this day.

At Chris’ untimely death in 1997, Patty summoned the next generation and made a commitment to press on with their vision. Patty’s focus on the fundamentals of the business helped build growth. Today Warren, Jr., his sister Jody Bogle VanDePol, and brother Ryan, oversee an operation that comprises 1600 hundred acres in Clarksburg and Lodi, all of it bearing a “Certified Sustainable Seal”. Bogle Winery now sells over 2 million cases of wine annually. Their footprint on the California wine business is known nationally and internationally.