About Us

 

Bunter Estate Syrah a few weeks from harvest

ABOUT BUNTER SPRING WINERY

Bunter Spring Winery is a family operated “garage” winery in the Coombsville AVA in the southeast corner of Napa Valley. We make small-lot wines for sale to friends on our mailing list and to a few restaurants and wine shops.  Bunter Spring was licensed in 2008, by Mark Bunter, after a brief (thirty years) internship in the wine cellars of people with names like Sebastiani and Mondavi.  It all started  in 1977 at Bill Cadman’s Tulocay Winery, just up the hill from Bunter Spring,  where Mark took on a volunteer  bottling line position.  Mark got interested in winemaking and  started making small batches of wine for fun in the family garage, with free grapes. After helping pick scrounged  “second crop” grapes from nearby vineyards for a few vintages, Dad Arnold (Arnie) helped plant a small vineyard on his own property (evidently, owning a vineyard was deemed the lesser of two evils).  Within fifteen short years, Arnie was ready to let Mark start selling the family Syrah instead of just giving it away.  We don’t rush things at Bunter Spring.

The family all pitches in. Dad Arnie owns and works in the vineyard, brother Doug runs our Ozarks Marketing Division and mans the tornado early warning station (we’re the only Napa winery to have one), sister Tracy is V.P. of Ag Ops at the little vineyard’s big garden, and brother Dan is Webmaster and Director of Famous Restaurant Sales.  Brother Mark (not a priest!) makes the wine. They and all their kids and friends also help pick and bottle, or invent amusing reasons why they can’t.

 

Enjoy!

In case you were wondering, there is no spring at Bunter Spring, unless Margaret Spring (Mark’s wife) is there.  Most days she’s away at her day job at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as V.P. for Conservation and Science, saving the sea otters.

Thanks for visiting our website!  Sincerely, The Bunters, and The Spring.